Tag: 1970s

  • Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979) Film Analysis

    Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979) Film Analysis

    Alien is a 1979 film directed by Ridley Scott. The story was created by Ronald Shusett, also known for Total Recall. The screenplay is by Dan O’Bannon, also known for The Return of the Living Dead.

  • A Woggle of Witches by Adrienne Adams Analysis

    A Woggle of Witches is a picture book written and illustrated by American storyteller Adrienne (“Dean”) Adams in 1971. In total, Adams wrote six of her own books; mostly they illustrated for other writers. Adrienne Adams was a prolific illustrator through the 1960s and beyond, and a two-time winner of a Caldecott Medal (1960 and […]

  • The Garden of Abdul Gasazi by Chris Van Allsburg

    The Garden of Abdul Gasazi by Chris Van Allsburg

    The Garden of Abdul Gasazi (1979) was the first picture book by American author/illustrator Chris Van Allsburg, who himself admits astonishment at the book’s immediate success. This was helped by reviews in America-wide publications. Such attention has always been unusual for children’s stories, and perhaps says something about how this story appeals to all ages.…

  • Voices In The Park by Anthony Browne Analysis

    Voices In The Park by Anthony Browne Analysis

    Have you ever wanted to go back and redo old work? A Walk In The Park is one of Anthony Browne’s earliest picture books — his second published after Through The Magic Mirror. Twenty years later (in 1998), Browne decided to redo this book in Postmodern style. Now it is called Voices In The Park.

  • Owl At Home by Arnold Lobel Analysis

    Owl At Home by Arnold Lobel Analysis

    Owl At Home is a 1975 picture book written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel. The book comprises five very short early reader stories about a kind, anxious and lonely owl. These owl stories, along with the frog and toad stories come from the second phase of Lobel’s creative career, in which he tapped into his…

  • Burglar Bill by Janet and Allan Ahlberg Analysis

    Burglar Bill by Janet and Allan Ahlberg Analysis

    Burglar Bill is a picture book by Janet and Allan Ahlberg, first published in 1977. There are a number of picture books about burglars who break into houses at night, one of a child’s greatest fears going to sleep. Burglars can be found all across children’s literature. (Enid Blyton loved burglars.)

  • Amos and Boris by William Steig Analysis

    Amos and Boris by William Steig Analysis

    Some picture books have an Aesop fable at their base. Amos and Boris is one such picture book, written and illustrated by William Steig (1971).

  • Come Away From The Water, Shirley by John Burningham 1977 Analysis

    Come Away From The Water, Shirley by John Burningham 1977 Analysis

    Come Away From The Water, Shirley is a 1977 picture book written and illustrated by British storyteller, John Burningham. A number of adult readers talk about the “two different stories” going on in this book.

  • Danny The Champion Of The World by Roald Dahl Novel Study

    Danny The Champion Of The World by Roald Dahl Novel Study

    As an English speaking child of the 80s I grew up on a heavy diet of Roald Dahl. Danny The Champion Of The World (1975) stands out in my adult memory my favourite Dahl story, perhaps only bested by the frisson of horror left by The Witches (in which I actually examined my J2 teacher, thinking she might be a witch. Fortunately she didn’t wear gloves, which absolved her.)

  • Fly Homer Fly by Bill Peet Analysis

    Fly Homer Fly by Bill Peet Analysis

    Fly Homer Fly is a 1969 picture book of 64 pages written and illustrated by Bill Peet who died in 2002 after a long career in children’s storytelling.

  • Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (1970) Picture Book Analysis

    Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (1970) Picture Book Analysis

    from the book “Sylvester and the Magic Pebble” written and illustrated by William Steig, published by Windmill Books, Simon & Shuster, New York, 1969. Winner of the Caldecott Medal in 1970

  • Meal One by Cutler and Oxenbury Analysis

    Meal One by Cutler and Oxenbury Analysis

    Meal One is a picture book written by Ivor Cutler, Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, first published 1971.