Essay on The Postmodern Picture Book

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This assignment will begin by defining and looking at the history of the postmodern picture book. It will examine what defines these books and how it combines text, images, and paratext creating a story which has meaning for both adults and children. Analysing the picturebook ‘Voices in the Park’, by Anthony Browne will illustrate the use of text, images, and parody; also it is a good example of intertextuality and non-linear. It will use the postmodern picturebook ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ by Maurice Sendak to analyse the basis for their appeal to different age groups, looking in particular at their design and use of space. The assignment will conclude by identifying the elements needed for a successful postmodern picture book and how …show more content…
Anthony Browne goes onto describe picturebooks as, ‘The best ones leave a tantalising gap between the pictures and the words, a gap that is filled by the reader's imagination, adding so much to the excitement of reading a book.' (Browne, 2010, cited: Children’s Laureate).

There is no defined time when the first postmodern picturebooks arrived on bookshelves. Goldstone sees the postmodern picturebook really beginning to make a statement, ‘In the last three decades, picturebooks have become ‘increasingly experimental.’ (Goldstone, 2008, p.321). In the next paragraph I will go on to discuss this in more detail. This experimental stage is helping to develop the picture book for both children and adult. Picturebooks are looked at from different view points, including adults and children but also; Martin Salisbury recognises the picturebook from an art perspective, it presents a good introduction for children into the world of art also appealing to adults who can associate with art, (Salisbury, DVD2). He sees Anthony Browne’s books as being too literal in their context and this is why Browne’s work in Salisbury’s opinion is, ‘Favoured by researches.’ (Salisbury, DVD2). Browne does state that when he first began to write he put odd pictures into the background which really had no meaning, so could not be thought of in a literal sense as is agreeable to Salisbury. Later on in his career he began to add art that reflected himself and in reference to his