A Little Masterpiece: Patricia Wrightson's 'A Little Fear'John Murray,
1996single work criticism — Appears in:
Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature,Decembervol.
31996;(p. 5-12)Murray discusses Patricia Wrightson's novel A Little Fear which he describes as 'notable among the growing umber of regional novels in Australian Children's literature (5). Wrightson's use of Aboriginal spirit creatures, argues Murray, helps 'assist Australian readers of European descent in making imaginative connections with a landscape into which they were born but to which they are not indigenous' (5). According to Murray, the text's uncertainties and unconventional resolution coupled with 'multiplicity of meaning, precision of setting and innovation', make it 'one of Wrightson's most successful novels' (12).