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How Picturebooks Work

1st Edition

By Maria Nikolajeva, Carole Scott


308 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.


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

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

About the Authors

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.

About the Series

Children's Literature and Culture

Founding Editor and Series Editor 1994-2011: Jack Zipes

Series Editor, 2011-2018: Philip Nel


Founded by Jack Zipes in 1994, Children's Literature and Culture is the longest-running series devoted to the study of children’s literature and culture from a national and international perspective. Dedicated to promoting original research in children’s literature and children’s culture, in 2011 the series expanded its focus to include childhood studies, and it seeks to explore the legal, historical, and philosophical conditions of different childhoods. An advocate for scholarship from around the globe, the series recognizes innovation and encourages interdisciplinarity. Children's Literature and Culture offers cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections considering topics such as gender, race, picturebooks, childhood, nation, religion, technology, and many others. Titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Children's Literature