1st Edition

How Picturebooks Work

ISBN 9780415979689
Published May 5, 2006 by Routledge
308 Pages

USD $78.95

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword.  Acknowledgments.  Illustration Acknowledgments.  Introduction.  1. Whose book is it?  2. Setting  3. Characterization  4. Narrative Perspective  5. Time and Movement  6. Mimesis and Modality  7. Figurative Language, Metafiction, and Intertext  8. Picturebook Parents  Conclusion.  Bibliography.  Index of Names.  Index of Titles.  Subject Index

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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.


'A welcome addition to the serious study of children's literature and a must for any institution with programs in children's studies.' - Choice