A word about pictures
It is no longer necessary to defend the right of pictures to be considered in this way. Non-specialists, as well as critics and scholars, are now much more at ease with both the idea and the practice of 'reading pictures'. In this chapter, therefore, I have not attempted a review of all that is currently known about pictures and how they work but have restricted myself to a discussion of five key features of the visual image and have linked these to examples of children attempting to make sense of picturebook illustrations. I then briefly examine one of the most recent attempts to develop a grammar of the visual image.