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Children's Picturebooks: The Art of Visual Storytelling

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Children's picturebooks are the very first books we encounter, and they form an important, constantly evolving, and dynamic sector of the publishing world. But what does it take to create a successful picture book for children? In this publication, Martin Salisbury and Morag Styles introduce us to the world of children's picturebooks, providing a solid background to the in ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published February 8th 2012 by Laurence King Publishing (first published January 30th 2012)
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Barb Middleton
May 29, 2013 Barb Middleton rated it it was amazing
Shelves: professional, adult
No wonder I can't figure out artist's techniques in picture books. It can be intaglio, screen-printing, lithography, and a long list of doodads that are oftentimes combined and infused with digital editing using Photoshop and scanners. I'm not sure how much of these techniques my brain will transfer to picture books in my library, but I'll give it a go. I need to stretch myself as a librarian and I'd like to teach students visual literacy as I do read alouds; hence, my recent gorge of profession ...more
Linda Robinson
Apr 23, 2012 Linda Robinson rated it it was amazing
10 stars. I will buy this book when the coin is in my pocket. Picturebooks are not children's illustrated books. Picturebooks are a singular genre, people who make picturebooks are picturebook makers. This hybrid realm of the book arts is new and developing according to the authors. Think of Chinese iconography, where each character tells a story. Children learn about the world with pictures first, then words. In an increasingly digital world, we will learn the skills of "looking, appreciating a ...more
Feb 03, 2013 Anna rated it it was amazing

This book has enhanced my understanding of picturebooks so much. It is a stunning visual treat as well as a clear and concise analysis of picturebooks, written by Martin Salisbury, a Professor of Illustration and Morag Styles, a Professor of Children’s literature. The seven chapters cover the history, practice, theory and publishing of picturebooks, intermixed with in-depth case studies. It's also reader-friendly and has an international outlook.

The chapter investigating the picturebook maker's
Mar 22, 2014 Audrey rated it it was ok
This is a beautiful book, and I really wanted to like it, but, in the end, it simply isn't adequate as a comprehensive study of the picture book genre. At first, I thought that it simply didn't meet my research criteria. I'm researching picture books in the US. This book is by British authors, so they're bound to be coming from a different perspective. As I kept reading, though, I realized that the problem goes deeper than that. At one point, the authors describe their rationale for which books ...more
Oct 22, 2012 Marta rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics-and-gns, art
A really excellent reference book! It approaches the topic of picture books from a lot of interesting angles, all fascinating. It features a brief historical overview of the format, how different creators develop and approach their practice, how children interact with picturebooks and their development and abilities in reading and absorbing pictures, how images and words interplay, the suitability of certain topics for children and how "unsuitable" topics have been/can be presented, different pr ...more
Jan 23, 2016 Joff! rated it really liked it
I've used this book for an English assignment, but aside from using it for academic purposes, it really is a lovely book to pick up and have a read of full stop. It takes you through the history and development of picture books, looks at specific picture books on specific themes and case studies on certain artists/authors. Pretty much everything you need to know about the 'art' of the picture book.
Aug 08, 2012 Hazel rated it it was amazing
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I wanted this to be the book I was waiting for but it turned out that it just... wasn't. It was not scolarly enough for me, despite the extensive research of the authors. Every chapter was okay, but the information stayed too much on the surface. The information on techniques was nice, but not enough to fully grasp it.
The choice of the authors to make case-studies of their student's works was an interesting one. There are some good points made in those studies, but they fail to really correspon
Carlos Piélago Rojo
Da lo que promete, un buen ensayo sobre el álbum ilustrado y con buenos ejemplos.
Farida El-gueretly
Jan 12, 2017 Farida El-gueretly rated it it was amazing
The depth and breadth of thought that goes into creating what is perceived as a picturebook suitable for the eyes and ears of children on the part of illustrators and writers cannot be understated. This book helped me appreciate the study of children's books and has prompted me to explore a little further the multiple histories of "picturebook makers" beyond those selected for this book.
Cara Byrne
Sep 18, 2013 Cara Byrne rated it really liked it
Visually, this is a really interesting and beautifully put together book. The authors offer an international perspective on picture books and their social and artistic significance. The chapters I enjoyed the most include "The Picturebook and the Child" (chapter 3) and "Word and Image, Word as Image" (Chapter 4). Both provide brief introductions to dense, difficult questions about how children respond to picturebooks and how they develop visual literacy. Salisbury states: "Our view is that in th ...more
Cheryl Malandrinos
In this fascinating book published by Laurence King Publishing in 2012, readers explore the history of children's picturebooks from the days of painting on cave walls through to the twenty-first century. It discusses picturebooks as an art form, citing the work of popular artists; it talks about their importance in children's literature; and even touches upon controversial topics in picturebooks.

When first asked to review this book a few years ago, I did so to learn more about my craft. Though I
Apr 26, 2014 Diana rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book that gave me historical and technical insights into children's picture books that truly expanded my understanding of those books. There is SO MUCH that I just didn't know - and this book infinitely increased my admiration for picture book makers. I highly recommend it - and the format of the book, with beautiful reproductions of illustrations throughout, makes it almost a coffee table book - which is where I've put it, actually - on my living room coffee table!
Gina Mcandrew
Feb 17, 2015 Gina Mcandrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: artsy-me
Good history of illustration

This is a comprehensive history of children's picture books. I was looking for something more specific to illustration techniques in the first half of the 20th century, but this was more generalized.
Miranda Clark
Jul 22, 2012 Miranda Clark rated it it was amazing
Fantastic exploration of the world of picture book illustration. Full of gorgeous examples. Lots of international focus.
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More academic than I was hoping for, but interesting.
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Martin studied illustration at Maidstone College of Art (now part of the University of the Creative Arts) in the 1970s. He has worked as an illustrator and painter ever since. In recent years his work has focused mainly on the area of children’s book illustration, painting for exhibition and writing on the subject of drawing and illustration.

Martin regularly contributes to Artists & Illustrato
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