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Publisher Comments:

Through this energetic tale, youngsters will laugh and learn as a duck offerstips about character, setting, conflict, and other basic elements of a story.Full color.

Review:

"Kanninen's first children's book confidently serves up metafiction to the picture-book crowd. 'Hi there,' says the narrator. 'I am the author of A Story with Pictures.' But the author has made a mistake: 'Ack! Where are the pictures?' she groans when a turn of the page reveals an empty square labeled 'picture.' Alas, she has forgotten to give her manuscript to the illustrator, who seems to have created her own story and painted the author right into it. 'She painted a duck. There are no ducks in this story,' the author objects as she meets a oversize quacker (the backpack it wears reads 'What's supposed to be in this book?'). Reed's (Punctuation Takes a Vacation) mixed-media compositions expertly contain the antic action — not only the duck but cows and trolls run amok, and the narrator slips on a banana peel, all on the same page. The artist renders the characters in a childlike style, painting them with skewered proportions and in gumdrop-colored clothes, and enhances her spreads with collage elements (googly eyes, a doll troll's tresses, digitally manipulated photos). She paints the author, for example, with a distinctly carrot-like nose and a thin rectangle for a neck, and later outfits her in a ballerina's tulle skirt borrowed from a photograph. Solid-color full-bleed backgrounds unify the look and add to the visual energy. Readers will enjoy the wild ride as Kanninen and Reed entertain various outlandish possibilities for the author's fate, and they'll learn a thing or two about terms like author, setting and plot in the process. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Readers will laugh and learn all about character, setting, plot and other important elements of a good picture book.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780823420490
Publisher:
Holiday House
Subject:
General
Illustrator:
Reed, Lynn Rowe
Author:
Kanninen, Barbara
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Picturebooks
Subject:
Books & Libraries
Subject:
Animals - Ducks, Geese, Etc.
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Illustration of books
Subject:
General-General
Publication Date:
20070931
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
, Y
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
10.24x10.32x.36 in. 1.00 lbs.
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
04-08

Related Subjects

Children's » Animals » Ducks, Geese, etc.
Children's » Books and Libraries
Children's » Picture Books » General
Children's » Reference » English

A Story with Pictures
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Product details 32 pages Holiday House - English 9780823420490 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Kanninen's first children's book confidently serves up metafiction to the picture-book crowd. 'Hi there,' says the narrator. 'I am the author of A Story with Pictures.' But the author has made a mistake: 'Ack! Where are the pictures?' she groans when a turn of the page reveals an empty square labeled 'picture.' Alas, she has forgotten to give her manuscript to the illustrator, who seems to have created her own story and painted the author right into it. 'She painted a duck. There are no ducks in this story,' the author objects as she meets a oversize quacker (the backpack it wears reads 'What's supposed to be in this book?'). Reed's (Punctuation Takes a Vacation) mixed-media compositions expertly contain the antic action — not only the duck but cows and trolls run amok, and the narrator slips on a banana peel, all on the same page. The artist renders the characters in a childlike style, painting them with skewered proportions and in gumdrop-colored clothes, and enhances her spreads with collage elements (googly eyes, a doll troll's tresses, digitally manipulated photos). She paints the author, for example, with a distinctly carrot-like nose and a thin rectangle for a neck, and later outfits her in a ballerina's tulle skirt borrowed from a photograph. Solid-color full-bleed backgrounds unify the look and add to the visual energy. Readers will enjoy the wild ride as Kanninen and Reed entertain various outlandish possibilities for the author's fate, and they'll learn a thing or two about terms like author, setting and plot in the process. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Readers will laugh and learn all about character, setting, plot and other important elements of a good picture book.
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