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>Whisper Who Dares?

>I see from a message posted by Monica Edinger on the childlit listserv that the Mouse that roars has new plans for the Hundred Acre Wood, replacing Christopher Robin with an as-yet unnamed but confirmedly red-headed girl. The Disney Channel’s Nancy Kanter says “we hope people will fall for this new tomboyish girl. The last thing we want to be is the ones who brought the franchise down.” Heavens, not that. Sometimes you do see the Mouse chew with its mouth open and it’s not pretty.

Christopher Franceschelli, publisher of Handprint Books and former publisher of Dutton Children’s Books, the U. S. publisher of Milne, once told me that relations between the Milne Pooh and the Mouse Pooh (oops) were exceedingly complex. He made it sound as if nations might have fallen the day the baker proudly delivered, for a Winnie-the-Pooh birthday party Dutton was hosting, a cake gorgeously designed to look like The Other One.

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Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. >Fight! Fight! In this corner we’ve got digitally clean Winnie (I mean, is that what he’s called in Mouseland?) and in the other, poor scruffy (borrowed from NYC’s Central Children’s Room) Pooh. Poor guy, with or without Christopher Robin, he hasn’t got a chance.


  2. >My late friend Margo used to threaten periodically to march up to NYC from San Francisco to liberate Pooh and co. so she could send them “home” into my care, the idea being that I would then hand them into the safe-keeping of “the nation” ! I daresay she’d have been as appalled by this news as I am.

  3. >As the owner of the second largest Winnie-the-Pooh memorbilla collection in America (currently residing in a Pooh Museum in Canada), I can only say that I am horrified. Urgggg. I am going to go have meltdown now.

    Lisa Yee

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