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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 8:03 am    Post subject: Sophisticated picture books  Reply with quote

In the library the other day I was checking out the sophisticated picture books (Asterix, Tintin, Where's Wally, Picture Puzzles, Animalia, etc.  It struck me that many of them probably don't get taken out and read much so I have brought home five of them.  They are: With love, Little Red Hen by Alma Flor Ada and Leslie Tryon, which is fairytales and stories muddled together into intertwining tales and lives.  One Boy's War by Lynn Huggin-Cooper and Ian Benfold Haywood, the story of 16-year-old Sydney Dobson talk in picture book format.  He went to the first world war and was killed. There is a website to look for more detail but I haven't checked it out yet.

More war: The Little Ships, a Story of the Heroic Rescue at Dunkirk by Louise Borden and Michael Foreman.  It's in a poetic form.  (Do you know I never knew of this event until I was well into adulthood.)

Then two books by Marcia Williams: Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, retold and illustrated, and Charles Dickens and Friends, which is five of Dickens' best-known books, retold in large picturebook form.  I like this idea - I think it means that later in life when children come to these books or hear mentions of them, they know what they are about.  Much like children's Bible stories give even unreligiously brought-up kids some knowledge they can built on.  It is possible children will find the Chaucer stories a little silly these days - well I found the Knight's Tale a tale of romance and ridiculousness, really.  Not perhaps that it is meant to be anything other than that.  

Some quick reading for me anyway, and as close to comics as I get.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Caro, when I was young there used to be a series "Classics Illustrated" which told classic novels in a comic strip  form.  I remember particularly enjoying "The Moonstone."

The comic strip,  or as it is now called graphic novel, seems to have come back into vogue for adults.  I note on the Trollope website that there is to be a comic-book version by Simon Greenan of Trollope's novel "John Caldigate."

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