WOW Review – Submissions

See general submission guidelines below. Please check to see that the book has not previously been reviewed at our Alphabetical listing of all books reviewed by WOW Review.

Call for Submissions:

Vol.  VII, Issue 2: Humor in International Children’s International Literature
Deadline: November 15, 2014

Humor takes many shapes and forms. It can be as sharp as a surgeon’s knife or as gentle as a touch of silk. It can convey uncomfortable truths, point up life’s absurdities, challenge the imagination, take us by surprise, release us from fears and anxieties. And while it is true we don’t all agree about what’s funny, it’s also true that every one of us finds pleasure in some sort of humorous literature. (Mallen, 1993, p. 83, retrieved from ERIC ).

Although this statement from Australia was written over 20 years ago, it still reflects the role of humor in literature and reminds readers of the many situations and occasions that invite laughter or at least a broad smile. Children’s and adolescent literature uses many forms of humor to invite readers into the joy of reading and to make readers aware of the many shared issues and events of life that draw from humor for children and adults in different global contexts.

Vol. VII, Issue 2 of Worlds of Words Review calls for books that fall within the many descriptions and sources of humor. Consider titles in which the author and/or illustrator humorously creates the absurd, outrageous, and unexpected; uses language brilliantly to reveal humor in a variety of situations; creates funny rhymes, verse, songs, and jokes; uses humor to help us reflect on life’s more serious moments; relieves the tension of everyday life with a humor. In selecting a book to review, you may wish to share the similarities and/or differences in how humor is used in books from diverse cultures, traditions, and nationalities; consider the role of humor in various genres for different ages; or focus on the characters–human, animal, and imaginary–who through humor have left an imprint forever in our hearts and minds. Share a book that may be hard to describe—“you just had to be there”—in hopes WOW readers will go to this book.

We are reminded in familiar quotes as well as by medical research that laughter is one of the best of medicines that nurtures us physically, mentally, and emotionally. WOW readers look forward to your contributions to this spirit-lifting issue of WOW Review. Reviews are due prior to November 1, 2014.

Janelle Mathis, Editor

Upcoming Deadlines: Vol VII, Issue 3:  Open Theme
Deadline: February 1, 2015

In order to be sure titles are not duplicated, please send any titles you wish to review to cmm2259@tc.columbia.edu or Janelle.mathis@unt.edu.

————— General Submission Guidelines —————

WOW extends a call for critical reviews of children’s and adolescent international literature to be published in WOW Review: Reading Across Cultures, an electronic journal of Worlds of Words. Generally, WOW Review issues focus on a theme, though some issues are unthemed. Future issue themes and deadlines are listed at the end of the page. The criteria for reviews include:

•Books published throughout the world, including the U.S., that represent life within a specific cultural group, especially as related to the global community.

•The review lists the complete bibliographic information for the book.

•The review begins with a careful summary of the content or story, including both text and illustrations. Issues of culture that relate to the content should be highlighted using a broad definition of culture, including ethnicity, language, gender, geographical areas, age, socio-economics, historical eras, physically/mentally challenged individuals, religion, etc.

•Consideration of literacy excellence for text and illustrations, including criteria for evaluating particular genres as related to the authenticity of the book and an indication of the major themes highlighted within the book.

•A critique of the cultural authenticity of both text and illustration.

•Citation of sources used to evaluate authenticity, such as personal communication with individuals from a particular cultural group, perspectives from media sources, personal insights, author’s notes and research citations. Background information about the author and illustrator should be included.

•List other related texts that might extend thinking about a particular cultural group, life experience, or theme and other information useful to educators such as the age level of the audience for whom the book is most appropriate.

Evaluating cultural authenticity is complex and includes issues of accuracy, cultural values, and diverse lifestyles and perspectives within a cultural group as represented in text and illustration. Criteria for exploring cultural authenticity can assist reviewers in this process.

The reviews should be written in APA format, organized using a similar format to the reviews in the current journal issue, and be 500-800 words in length including the bibliographic and author information. Further guidance on determining cultural authenticity can be found in the introduction to the inaugural issue of WOW Review: Reading Across Cultures. Please submit reviews for possible publication via e-mail. Be sure to include your name, professional affiliation, and location.

Additional Resources:

1) Stories Matter, The Complexity of Cultural Authenticity in Children’s Literature (Fox & Short, 2003)

2) PDF of criteria for exploring cultural authenticity (Short, 2008)

WOW Review publishes original reviews on international books on the following schedule for issue foci and submission deadlines:

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