Children's Picturebooks: The Art of Visual Storytelling

Children's Picturebooks: The Art of Visual Storytelling

Martin Salisbury, Morag Styles

Language: English

Pages: 192

ISBN: 185669738X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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.

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by the force of its conviction.7 A more mainstream, but nonetheless original, example is Jason Chapman’s Stan and Mabel (Templar, 2010). Chapman, who combines book-making with a role as artist in residence at the Battersea Dogs Home in London, uses a melange of sequential structures to create a hybrid of road movie and picturebook. 7 http://www.shauntan.net/essay1.html 99 100 Pictorial text Chapter 4 The blurring of boundaries between text as the representation of something visual and text

to invade and conquer his neighbours’ territories. McKee’s approach is a more typical, less direct Anglo-Saxon one than Greder’s, and 127 uses humour and irony to tackle equally serious material. The Conquerors is a beautifully understated book that tells the tale of a small nation which, rather than engaging in war, prefers to devote its time to culture in the form of storytelling, singing songs and quietly celebrating its heritage. Its larger and aggressively expansionist neighbour, led by

2004), in return for some original artworks. After researching the publishers whom he felt might be most sympathetic to his particular visual and conceptual approach, he mailed dummies to a group of carefully targeted ‘top ten’ editors. ‘I sent the packages out on Tuesday and on Wednesday I received a call from Sue Buswell, publishing director for picturebooks at HarperCollins.’1 So began an ongoing partnership. It’s not usually quite that straightforward, but Jeffers’ story does illustrate the

almost any aspect of the book’s identity. There may be regular meetings between the company’s editorial team and its sales and marketing team, particularly when it comes to the cover of the book, which will be seen to have a major bearing on its sales. The designer An often underappreciated contributor to the creation of a good picturebook is the designer/typographer. Although many picturebook makers play an active role in the overall design of their book, the graphic designer within a

Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 1988 Shulevitz, U. Writing With Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children’s Books Watson-Guptill, 1985 Silvey, A. (ed.) Children’s Books and their Creators Houghton Mifflin, 1995 Simon, F. (ed.) The Children’s Writers and Artists Year Book A & C Black (annual) Sipe, R. and Pantaleo, S. (eds) Postmodern Picturebooks: Play, Parody, and Self-Referentiality Routledge, 2008 Spaulding, A. E. The Page as a Stage Set: Story Board Picture Books Scarecrow Press, 1995 Spitz,

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