This volume discusses the aesthetic and cognitive challenges of modern picturebooks from different countries, such as Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and USA. The overarching issue concerns the mutual relationship between representation and narration by means of the picturebooks’ multimodal character. Moreover, this volume includes the main lines of debate and approaches to picturebooks by international leading researchers in the field. Topics covered are the impact of paratexts and interpictorial allusions, the relationship between artists’ books, crossover picturebooks, and picturebooks for adults, the narrative defiance of wordless picturebooks, the representation of emotions in images and text, and the depiction of hybrid characters in picturebooks. The enlargement of the picturebook corpus beyond an Anglo-American picturebook canon opens up new horizons and highlights the diverging styles and genre shifts in modern picturebooks. This tendency also demonstrates the influence of specific authors and illustrators on the appreciation of the picturebook genre, as in the case of Astrid Lindgren’s picturebooks and the picturebooks created by renowned illustrators, such as Anthony Browne, Wolf Erlbruch, Stian Hole, and Bruno Munari. This book will be the definite contribution to contemporary picturebook research for many years to come.

chapter |14 pages


Picturebooks between Representation and Narration
ByBettina Kümmerling-Meibauer

part Part I|92 pages

Crossing Genre Boundaries

chapter Chapter One|20 pages

Picturebooks for Adults 1

ByÅse Marie Ommundsen

chapter Chapter Two|16 pages

Artists' Books, Altered Books, and Picturebooks

ByCarole Scott

chapter Chapter Three|18 pages

The Art of Visual Storytelling*

Formal Strategies in Wordless Picturebooks
BySandra L. Beckett

chapter Chapter Five|16 pages

Wordless Picturebooks

Critical and Educational Perspectives on Meaning-making*
ByEvelyn Arizpe

part Part II|56 pages

Change, Emotions, and Hybridity

chapter Chapter Six|12 pages

‘Thought and dream are heavenly vehicles'

Character, Bildung, and Aesthetics in Stian Hole's Garmann Trilogy (2006–2010)
ByNina Christensen

chapter Chapter Seven|18 pages

“The Penguin Looked Sad”

Picturebooks, Empathy and Theory of Mind
ByMaria Nikolajeva

chapter Chapter Eight|24 pages

Understanding the Matchstick Man

Aesthetic and Narrative Properties of a Hybrid Picturebook Character
ByBettina Kümmerling-Meibauer, Jörg Meibauer

part Part III|64 pages

Interpictoriality and Visual Clues in Picturebooks

chapter Chapter Nine|20 pages

An Approximation to Intertextuality in Picturebooks

Anthony Browne and His Hypotexts
ByMaria José Lobato Suero, Beatriz Hoster Cabo

chapter Chapter Eleven|12 pages

Learn to Read. Learn to Live.

The Role of Books and Book Collections in Picturebooks 1
ByNina Goga

chapter Chapter Twelve|14 pages

Prologue and Epilogue Pictures in Astrid Lindgren's Picturebooks

ByAgnes-Margrethe Bjorvand