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Making and breaking frames : crossing the borders of expectation in picturebooks

Smith, Vivienne (2009) Making and breaking frames : crossing the borders of expectation in picturebooks. In: Talking Beyond the Page. Routledge, London, pp. 81-97. ISBN 9780415476966

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Picture book makers have always used frames to help their readers see. Frames around illustrations have traditionally selected and isolated images, separated them from white space, and confined flights of fancy to inside the covers of the book. Words have framed mindsets and directed thinking, so that images might be positioned in particular ways in a reader's imagination. Accommodating frames is so naturally a part of reading that we hardly notice ourselves doing it at all. However, a number of picture book makers have begun to use frames explicitly and obtrusively in their work to make sure that we do notice. What is the effect of this jarring the way we make meaning? This chapter considers the framing devices employed in two contemporary picture books: Emily Gravett's Little Mouse's Book of Fears and Weisner's Flotsam. Further, It describes how these books were read by two competent 10 year old readers, and asks how well prepared they were for the challenges that postmodern texts such as these afford.