To define the term postmodern is very difficult, we can start off by saying it is representative of now, of today’s society. Bette Goldstone in, ‘Postmodern Experiments,’ describes it as being an example of societies ethical values, bestowing this to future generations. Goldstone recognises picture books as giving the author and reader a stage to be able to interpret the stories through the flexibility of pictures and words. Picturebooks are rapidly developing into a more, ‘Sophisticated genre,’ than has been before, (Goldstone, 2008, p.321).
A postmodern picture book is a specific genre of picture books. They are seen as being different from anything that came before; it could be described as requiring the reader's involvement with constructing the meaning of the text and imagery. Many of the books have little text and allow the reader and illustrations to tell the story as with, ‘Re-Zoom,’ by Istvan Banyai which has no text but is described by Goldsto...
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...tle frightening, which appeals to children. It reflects Max's imagination and his anger. The postmodern picturebook can be read over and over again, each time the reader will discover something new however old they are.
Browne, A. (1999 ) Voices in the Park. London: Picture Corgi.
Browne, A, 2010, ‘The Children’s Laureate’ available http://www.childrenslaureate.org.uk/Anthony-Browne Accessed 10/03/11
Goldstone, B. (2009) ‘Postmodern Experiments’ in Maybin, J. and Watson, N. J. (eds) Children’s Literature: Approaches and Territories. Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 321.
EA300 DVD 2, no 6 ‘An Introduction to Illustration: Martin Salisbury’.
EA 300 DVD 2, no 7 ‘Interview with Anthony Browne’.
Handler Spitz, H, 2010, Postmodern at Bedtime. Available:
http://www.tnr.com/book/review/postmodern-bedtime Accessed 13/03/2011
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