Kids have superpowers. Too often we forget that these amazing beings are busy, right now, growing the world’s most sophisticated computers inside their heads–and then they keep improving them. Every single kid, every single day.
They grow those brains, with 100,000km of circuitry and 86 billion neurons, whether we drill them with animal sound flashcards at age two or not.
Kids learn a language, fluently, in a few years. Sometimes more than one. (Amazing fact: all kids are born with the capacity to quickly learn any language — and then it starts shutting down; a newborn American or Tasmanian baby can hear the distinctions in the click-language of Khoisan; a three year old cannot; all babies start life as citizens of the world). Kids learn morals and relationships and faces and argument and justice in just a few years.
And then there’s their amazing power of focus and desire to master material. How much more can this kid want to know about dinosaurs? Or the civil war? Or mammals? Or the night sky? Or African myths?
And their imaginations: you can’t keep up. They’re six steps ahead. “No,” they say, “that’s not what happens. See…” The world is alive to them — a stick, a stone, a toy, a bottlecap. They have the kind of unchecked creativity that is the bane of despots everywhere. (The philosopher Hannah Arendt argued that usually the first thing that would-be dictators do is shut down the creative class; if we’re honest, we know that kids are more creative than the creative elite.)
We believe in kids. We believe in their superpowers. We love and respect the light in their eyes, their curiosity, their capacity for awe and their mad outrage at injustice.
We hope to create books that respect their intelligence and creativity, that maybe challenge and surprise them with new characters and stories and diversity. We hope that our two newest books — Nostromo the Dwarf, with its adventures rich in historical and fantastical detail, and the Pet Shop Heroes series, with its fun characters who have both regular superpowers (strength, agility, etc.) and superpowered interests and approaches to problem-solving — will do that.
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