OK so I had this idea for a blog post… and the next day this article turned up on the Guardian’s website. Me and Cathy Brett are soooo on the same wavelength and you should definitely read her article! Anyway, Raimy, get back on track!
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I love pictures in books of all kind, picture books, MG books, graphic novels and comic books, I cannot get enough of them, but so few YA books feature pictures and I think it’s because of the implications put onto the books. YA is meant to bridge the gap between children’s book and adult books (ignoring the newly coined New Adult section for now) and I guess as we wouldn’t expect pictures to be in adult books they don’t feature highly in YA. But I think they should!
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The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani is one such example of this. On each chapter page there will be a picture relating to the text.As this is fantasy the pictures are sometimes a little strange. I loved that some of the pictures used the break in the page brilliantly like the one of Sophie and the Swan and the one of the animals rushing out of the forest. These work brilliantly to sit within the story and allow us to vividly picture what is going on, but they don’t generally add extra bits of information to the story.
Cathy Brett, who I mentioned above, is an example of an author using images to add to the story. Her most recent book Everything is Fine (And Other Lies I Tell Myself) includes pictures which capture the emotion of the story, they show the reader things that aren’t as easily conveyed with words, and in some cases they even used the words to form images. This was so refreshing and I had never seen it done before, but it made me enjoy the book even more and think; ‘why can’t more books be like this?’
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