I am a firm believer in not “writing down” the audience, meaning I feel that middle-grade books should not be dumbed down simply because the audience is young. So if a book uses high vocabulary or bigger concepts, I’m all for it.
There are some books that have a bit of the opposite problem. They’ve been “written up.” If I had read these books a child, I might have enjoyed them, but there was something about the style that I was able to appreciate more as an adult.
I read the Series of Unfortunate Events as a child. I found it amusing and bizarre, as so many of us do. When Lemony Snicket released his new mystery series, All the Wrong Questions, I was excited to give it a try.
Recently, I picked up the first in the series, Who Could That Be at This Hour?
I don’t think I would’ve understood the humor and subtleties in the writing at a young age. I think I would’ve just been really confused. Even as an adult I was kind of bewildered.