Tag: cosy

  • Little House On The Prairie Analysis

    Little House On The Prairie cover

    Should parents expose our modern kids to Little House On The Prairie, given the uncomfortable realities?

  • Haystacks In Art and Storytelling

    'Every trapdoor must have a lid and a railing' Illustrator unknown, 1930s barn hay

    Haystacks and haybales are multivalent symbols in storytelling, utilised in horror as well as in cosy pastoral stories. The Thing That Stalks The Fields is a supernatural story about haystacks. It is also an example of a creepypasta. A creepypasta is an urban legend for the Internet age: a paranormal story that has become a […]

  • Cry Heart, But Never Break by Glenn Ringtved and Charlotte Pardi Analysis

    Cry Heart But Never Break cover 2

    Cry Heart, But Never Break is a picture book to help children process their grief. The book was first published in Denmark in 2001, then translated into English by Robert Moulthrop five years later. The story is beautifully illustrated by Danish artist Charlotte Pardi. I recommend this book for children of all ages dealing with […]

  • Tawny Scrawny Lion (1952) by Jackson and Tenggren

    Tenggren, Gustav, Tawny Scrawny Lion by Kathryn Jackson, 1952

    Tawny Scrawny Lion is a Little Golden Book first published in 1952, written by Kathryn Jackson and illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren

  • Pitschi by Hans Fischer (1948)

    Pitschi by Hans Fischer cover

    Pitschi is a picture book written and illustrated by Swiss storyteller Hans Fischer, first published in 1948. Pitschi is a good example of a post war children’s book: dangerously cosy with a stay at home message.

  • 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.

  • Wallace and Gromit: A Matter Of Loaf Or Death

    In Wallace and Gromit: A Matter Of Loaf Or Death, Wallace and his dog, Gromit, open a bakery and get tied up with a murder mystery. But, when Wallace falls in love Gromit is left to solve the case. GENRE BLEND OF ‘A MATTER OF LOAF OR DEATH’ comedy, horror, romance >> cosy mystery STORY […]

  • The English Country Garden In Picture Books

    The Secret Garden This is perhaps the most famous, and certainly the most analysed, of the English country gardens in children’s literature. Below is an illustration by the wonderful Inga Moore, also well-known for her illustrations of The Wind In The Willows. Though Inga Moore is a modern illustrator, her style has a classical style […]

  • Hygge is the word English needs to describe children’s literature

    Illustration by John Clymer, 1958

    Danes are scratching their heads about why an everyday word they’ve been using privately for generations is suddenly taking the English-speaking world by storm. See for example articles such as 11 Ways To Make Your Life More Hygge. Hygge is pronounced more like hoo-ga.  ‘Hygge’ is not just a word — it is part of […]