By Ty Burr
November 02, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST

Little Lit: Strange Stories for Strange Kids

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The second roundup of edgy, illustrated bedtime stories from editors Spiegelman and Mouly, Strange Stories strikes a much better balance than the first between what downtown-chic graphic artists think kids will find subversively cool and what they actually will enjoy. Name brands, for mom and dad, include novelist Paul Auster (writing the weirdly oneiric ”The Day I Disappeared”), David Sedaris (penning the bratty ”Pretty Ugly”), and Jules Feiffer (rehashing old neuroses in ”Trapped in a Comic Book”). For all that flash, my own kids went for the delightful, straightforward ”These Cats Today!” by former underground comix stalwart Kim Deitch, and the welcome reprint of a 1942 installment of ”Barnaby,” from Harold and the Purple Crayon author Crockett Johnson.

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