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How Picturebooks Work (Children's Literature and Culture)

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Looks at the interplay between text and image in picturebooks. This book explores picturebooks as a specific medium or genre in literature and culture, one that prepares children for other media of communication, and argues that picturebooks may be the most influential media of all in the socialization and representation of children.
Paperback, 312 pages
Published August 24th 2006 by Routledge (first published May 5th 2000)
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So, so good. A well done and thought provoking analysis of what makes the picturebook a distinct, unique literary product filled with many levels of nuance, irony, and intertextuality. While the many references to Swedish children's books (even given Nikolajeva's background) seemed odd given the American publisher, there were enough examples of American texts as well to make clear how picturebooks function, and how analyzing them requires skills from the schools of art, film, developmental, and ...more
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.
Picture Books
Feb 27, 2010 Picture Books rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Picture Books by: The Picture Book Primer
This is a very important text for understanding picture books. I learned so much about "picturebooks" as an art form through their extensive analysis of every aspect of picture books (from 'characterization' to 'narrative perspective' to 'mimesis and modality'). Interestingly for my Picture Books as Sequential Art Class they dismiss examining comics because "they have a poetics of their own, which has been the subject of several major studies." I found the chapters on characterization and settin ...more
Michael Fitzgerald
Unfortunately for U.S. readers, a huge number of the books analyzed are Swedish.
No rating for this Picture Book Class required scholarly reading.
Car Mint
Lovely book ! I like it.
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Maria Nikolajeva is an academic hailing from Russia, whose chief focus is on literary theory and the study of children's books.

"I was born in Russia, and I moved to Sweden in 1981.

Until 2008 I was a Professor of Comparative Literature at Stockholm University, Sweden. Now I am a Professor and Chair at the University of Cambridge, UK, which is about the highest an academic can get.

... Some highlig
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