Children's Picturebooks: The Art of Visual Storytelling
Martin Salisbury, Morag Styles
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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 industry while exploring the key concepts and practices that have gone into the creation of successful picturebooks.
children, benefit by having this opportunity to hold and feel what are essentially works of art. Where a unique personal artistic vision combines successfully with an ability to make contact with minds and hearts from the world of childhood, magic can follow. This mysterious ‘remote landscape’ of childhood is one that, in the words of Ilaria Tontardini, ‘… we adults perceive as belonging to some distant part of ourselves’.2 1 Maurizio Corraini, Children’s Corner, 2007. Quoted in the catalogue to
powerful emotional presence. This is an alphabet book with a difference. Avoiding traditionally playful approaches to this kind of picturebook, Moniz has sought out more complex relationships between word and image on each spread. The adjectives chosen to represent each letter are descriptive of a state of being – emotional or physical – and are often described through visual metaphor, requiring the reader to make links across several steps between word and image. Through its design and
learned too young’. 1 Quoted in David Lewis, Reading Contemporary Picturebooks. Routledge, 2001. Perry Nodelman, ‘Illustration and Picturebooks’ in Peter Hunt, International Companion Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature. Routledge, 2004. 2 92 Chapter 4 Word and image interplay After this brief look at some of the key theories surrounding word and image interplay, it is time to examine some outstanding picturebooks, starting with several examples that are artfully simple and satisfying.
one that is not explained by words. Throughout the 32 pages, the dog describes to the reader the various helpful services he performs for his owners. These include tasting their food to check it is OK, digging for treasure in the garden, and taking the washing off the line. Accompanying the image of each of these activities is a speech bubble from out of frame containing the increasingly desperate exclamation ‘Nooo!’. Of course, the previous paragraph perfectly illustrates the clunky limitations
Picturebook Puffin Picture Books, autolithography and the European influence Below: Eric Ravilious’ lithographic illustrations to High Street have made the book one of the most sought after and collectable twentieth-century illustrated books. Its successful use of autolithography encouraged publisher Noel Carrington to develop the Puffin Picture Books. 23 The editor, designer and publisher Noel Carrington was a well-known figure in London publishing in the 1930s. Through his work for Country