Reading Contemporary Picturebooks: Picturing Text

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Routledge, Nov 12, 2012 - Education - 200 pages
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Reading Contemporary Picturebooks takes a look at one of the most vibrant branches of children's literature - the modern picturebook. This exciting new book takes a sample of contemporary picturebooks and closely examines the features that make them distinctive and then suggests a way of characterising the 'interanimation' of words and pictures that is the essence of the form. The reasons for the picturebook's vitality and flexibility are also explored and the close bond between the picturebook and its readers is analyzed. Advances in our understanding of how visual images are organized are examined and the book concludes with an attempt to redescribe the picturebook in such a way that pictures, readers and text may be drawn together. Picturing Text will be of interest to students, teachers and researchers interested in reading, children's literature and media studies.
 

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This author examines earlier attempts to classify children's books and Lewis resists categorisation, instead arguing for an 'ecological' approach. He argues this convincingly and it makes a lot of ... Read full review

Contents

the state of the art
1
a critical survey
31
Chapter 3 The ecology of the picturebook
46
making it new
61
Chapter 5 Picturebooks at play
76
Chapter 6 Postmodernism and the picturebook
87
Chapter 7 A word about pictures
102
Chapter 8 How do picturebooks come to possess meaning?
124
bringing words and pictures together
138
Appendix 2 Gunther Kress and Theo van Leeuwens Grammar of Visual Design
145
Glossary
168
Bibliography
172
Picturebook bibliography
176
Index
179
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DAVID LEWIS was the federal NDP leader from 1971 to 1975. He died in 1981.

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