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Reading Contemporary Picturebooks: Picturing Text

David Lewis



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22 March 2001
Literary theory; Literary studies: general; Children's literature studies: general; Educational equipment & technology, computer-aided learning (CAL)
Picturebooks frequently appear in works on the acquisition of literacy, both pre-school and during the school years, but almost never are they examined and analysed as a unique form of text. Much is always assumed about the nature of the texts being read; there is no substantial tradition of analysis of composite, verbal/visual texts - no poetics of the picturebook and therefore assumptions about its nature are often confused and/or inadequate. Most importantly, nowhere has there been a text which combines a scholarly but accessible introduction to the nature of the picturebook with a discussion of how it is used and read. This book analyses how picture books work - the role of picture books in learning to read, how children make meaning from pictures, and how teachers can make best use of picture books in the classroom.
By:   David Lewis
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   476g
ISBN:   9780415208864
ISBN 10:   0415208866
Pages:   200
Publication Date:   22 March 2001
Audience:   College/higher education ,  General/trade ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Introduction 1. Modern Picturebooks: the State of the Art 2. The Interaction of Word and Image in Picturebooks: a Critical Survey 3. The Ecology of the Picturebook 4. The picturebook as a Process: Making it New 5. Picturebooks at Play 6. Postmodernism and the Picturebook 7. A Word about Pictures 8. How do Picturebooks come to Posess Meaning?

Reviews for Reading Contemporary Picturebooks: Picturing Text

Reading Contemporary Picturebooks is happily more eclectic than a primer. Part social scientist and part literary critic, Lewis approaches his subject through a combination of taxonomical evaluation and meditative analysis, producing an even-handed examination of Emil Award winning British picture books published during the last twenty years...offers much useful information that will be of value to the scholar and student of contemporary picturebooks. Lavishly illustrated with 29 black-and-white plates, Lewis' volume makes a contribution to visual literacy, suggesting the variety of ways in which picture books convey meaning to their readers.. <br>-Philip Nel, Children's Literature Association Quarterly, Spring, 2002, Vol. 27, No.1 <br> In Reading Contemporary Picturebooks: Picturing Text, David Lewis studies the similarities and differences between picture books as a way of understanding how picture books work first as a verbal text, then visual, and finally as a process. By considering the responses of children and adults and by looking at picture books created from a postmodern sensibility (e.g., Macaulay's Black and White), Lewis sees the picture book itself as a form of artistic expression that alters constantly and endlessly.Lewis so ably defines this postmodern critical terms ( metafiction, fragmentation, indeterminacy) that even the novice feels comfortable. And the appendices alone - on developments in printing technology and Kress and Leeuwen's Grammar of Visual Design - are worth reading for any student of the picture book.. <br>-The Horn Book Magazine, May/June 2002 <br>

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