Novelist criticizes low quality of children's books

By Wu Jin
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Novelist Cao Wenxuan, who won the Hans Christian Anderson Award several days ago -- making him the first Chinese writer to do so, revealed his concerns regarding the quality of contemporary children's books during a press conference at Peking University, Beijing, on Monday.

Novelist Cao Wenxuan [Photo/Xinhua] 

"There are so many children in China who make great demands for these books. Therefore, the industry attracts a lot of unqualified writers and earns them tremendous amounts of money," Cao said.

In his remarks, Cao said that he is expecting writers of children's books to concentrate on their creations rather than on commercial gimmicks.

Speaking on book reviewers, Cao said: "The book critics in New York will never be conservative with their language on the work they think is outstanding, but in China we're afraid to be bold about the work we wholeheartedly feel is good to avoid being accused of exaggeration."

In addition to being a scholar and author of children's book, Cao also played a role in the compilation of Chinese textbooks for primary and secondary school students several years ago.

Cao is currently working on a long story about a left-behind child in search of his senile grandma.

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