Tag: postmodern

  • The Tunnel by Anthony Browne Picture Book Analysis

    The Tunnel by Anthony Browne Picture Book Analysis

    The Tunnel is a picture book written and illustrated by British author/illustrator Anthony Browne. The Tunnel was first published in 1989. SETTING OF THE TUNNEL In the 1980s it was far more common for kids to be sent out of the house because their mothers were sick of them (and it was almost always the […]

  • Movements In Children’s Literature

    When looking at the development of children’s literature over the past two and a half centuries (which is about all you get, because children’s literature is a distinct and recent entity) two major movements have been influential: Romanticism and Modernism in the 18th and 19th centuries Postmodernism, Surrealism and a bunch of other -isms came…

  • The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg Analysis

    The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg Analysis

    The Stranger (1986) is the seventh picture book written and illustrated by popular American storyteller Chris Van Allsburg.

  • 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.…

  • The Widow’s Broom by Chris Van Allsburg Picturebook Analysis

    The Widow’s Broom by Chris Van Allsburg Picturebook Analysis

    “The Widow’s Broom” is a 1992 picture book by American author illustrator Chris Van Allsburg. Like many of Van Allsburg’s books, this one remains popular with teachers, partly because this is a storyteller who requires the reader to do a little work. Students can practise their inference skills in class. Like all good stories which…

  • 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.

  • Zoo by Anthony Browne (1992) Analysis

    Zoo by Anthony Browne (1992) Analysis

    Zoo is a postmodern picture book written and illustrated by Anthony Browne, first published in 1992.

  • Just A Dream By Chris Van Allsburg Analysis

    Just A Dream By Chris Van Allsburg Analysis

    Just a Dream by Chris Van Allsburg (1990) is a picture book with an environmental message typical of its era. As part of the corpus of children’s literature with environmental messages, the 1990s offered many excellent children’s book examples of the now-outdated ‘personal responsibility’ message. Around this time children received the ‘good people recycle’ message.…

  • The Really Ugly Duckling by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith Analysis

    The Really Ugly Duckling by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith Analysis

    Earlier this month I wrote a post on Teaching Kids How To Structure A Story. Earlier this week I looked closely at Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen’s Sam and Dave Dig A Hole to show how this classic story structure can be turned upside down, ironically. Today ‘s story is The Really Ugly Duckling. The Stinky Cheese Man…

  • Eric by Shaun Tan Picture Book Analysis

    Eric by Shaun Tan Picture Book Analysis

    Eric is a miniature, post-modern picture book by Australian author illustrator Shaun Tan. This simple story says big things about cultural difference. NOTES ON THE COVER OF ERIC Eric’s cover is inviting; the embossed title and author are both prominently displayed, taking about a third of the already small space. Yet even here there is playfulness…

  • The Lost Thing By Shaun Tan Analysis

    The Lost Thing By Shaun Tan Analysis

    “The Lost Thing” is an Australian postmodern picture book by Shaun Tan.

  • Rules Of Summer by Shaun Tan Analysis

    Rules Of Summer by Shaun Tan Analysis

    On the surface, Shaun Tan’s award-winning picture book Rules Of Summer is simply a list of rules. Below I take a look at how Rules Of Summer is in fact a complete narrative. There is also a message here. Readers are asked to wonder: What are the real rules of summer? Play together. Use your…