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Killing Monsters free pdf From a veteran creator of comic-book and video-game super heroes, an insider's view of how violent entertainment can help children conquer fears and develop a bold sense of self. Children choose their heroes more carefully than we think. From Pokmon to the rapper Eminem, pop-culture icons are not simply commercial pied pipers who practice mass hypnosis on our youth. Indeed, argues the author of this lively and persuasive paean to the power of popular culture, even violent and trashy entertainment gives children something they need, something that can help both boys and girls develop in a healthy way. Drawing on a wealth of true stories, many gleaned from the fascinating workshops he conducts, and basing his claims on extensive research, including interviews with psychologists and educators, Gerard Jones explains why validating our children's fantasies teaches them to trust their own emotions, helps them build stronger selves, leaves them less at the mercy of the pop-culture industry, and strengthens parent-child bonds. Jones has written for the Spider-Man, Superman, and X-Men comic books and created the Haunted Man series for the Web. He has also explored the cultural meanings of comic books and sitcoms in two well-received books. In Killing Monsters he presents a fresh look at children's fantasies, the entertainment industry, and violence in the modern imagination. This reassuring book, as entertaining as it is provocative, offers all of us-parents, teachers, policymakers, media critics-new ways to understand the challenges and rewards of explosive material. News From Killing Monsters: Packing a toy gun can be good for your son-or daughter. Contrary to public opinion, research shows that make-believe violence actually helps kids cope with fears. Explosive entertainment should be a family affair. Scary TV shows can have a bad effect when children have no chance to discuss them openly with adults. It's crucial to trust kids' desires. What excites them is usually a sign of what they need emotionally. Violent fantasy is one of the best ways for kids to deal with the violence they see in real life.

About Gerard Jones

Gerard Jones is a writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Utne Reader, Harper's, and National Lampoon. He has also worked as a comics writer for Batman, Spider-Man, Ultraforce, and The X-Men. Jones created original material for Pokmon comics and adapted it for an American audience. He is the author of The Beaver Papers, The Comic Book Heroes, Honey, I'm Home! and many graphic novels. He lives in San Francisco.

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Author : Gerard Jones
Publisher : Basic Books
Data Published : 01 June 2003
ISBN : 0465036953
EAN : 9780465036950
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 272 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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