How Picturebooks Work

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Routledge, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 293 pages
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How Picturebooks Work is an innovative and engaging look at the interplay between text and image in picturebooks. The authors explore picturebooks as a specific medium or genre in literature and culture, one that prepares children for other media of communication, and they argue that picturebooks may be the most influential media of all in the socialization and representation of children. Spanning an international range of children's books, this book examine such favorites as Curious George and Frog and Toad Are Friends, along with the works of authors and illustrators including Maurice Sendak and Tove Jansson, among others. With 116 illustrations, How Picturebooks Work offers the student of children's literature a new methodology, new theories, and a new set of critical tools for examining the picturebook form.
 

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Awesome, awesome book. I got a lot out of it. I'd been looking for a long time for a comprehensive work which would help me to understand why I admire some picturebooks and why others fall flat. This does it for me. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 Whose Book Is It?
29
Chapter 2 Setting
61
Chapter 3 Characterization
81
Chapter 4 Narrative Perspective
117
Chapter 5 Time and Movement
139
Chapter 6 Mimesis and Modality
173
Chapter 7 Figurative Language Metafiction and Intertext
211
Chapter 8 Picturebook Paratexts
241
Conclusion
259
Bibliography
263
Index of Names
281
Index of Titles
285
Subject Index
291
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Maria Nikolajeva is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at both Stockholm University and Åbo Academy University.
Carole Scott is Professor of English and Former Dean of Undergraduate Studies at San Diego State University. She supervises the Graduate Specialization in Children's Literature at SDSU.

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