Name: Miffy - Miffy at the Gallery Author: Dick Bruna Illustrator: Dick Bruna Publisher and date: Egmont Books UK Ltd - 1998 Format: Hardback Pages: 28 pages Size: 15.6 x 15.2 cm Age: 2 - 6 years old Style : Bold black lines, block colours, limited to 4 colours a page, white space, bold serif type, double spaced text. Characters: Miffy - Main character Mrs Bunny - Miffyâ€™s mother Mr Bunny - Miffyâ€™s father
Situated on the inside cover of the book, this is a nice aspect of the book. Having space for the child to write their name so that they can prove its their book. It causes less confusion if another child has the same book as well, or if the school has the same book too. Accompanied by a simple Illustration of Miffy ties this page into the book.
A insight into Miffy at the gallery. Shows examples of art that she looks at and the conclusion of the book. Every page of the book is precise , the illustrations fit in line with each other, kept in a allocated space, same with he text, none of the text is more than 4 lines long. More importantly this books works so well because of the white space. This makes the book simple, less confusing for little heads and more memorable. Simple back cover of the book. No blurb, just a selection of other front covers of Miffy books. This appeals more to the younger reader then the parent. Having pictures on the back of instead of writing would be easier for the child to understand who Miffy is, if perhaps they have another edition of a Miffy book.
Miffy at the gallery is a story of how Mrs. Bunny decides to go to a art gallery and Mr. Bunny and Miffy go with her. Miffy goes around the art Gallery and is Curious about the art surrounding her.
Text is double spaced for ease of reading. For little eyes having bigger gaps between the sentences helps not to get lost. It also helps the page breathe, even though its only a little bit of text, still letting the page breath is essential in a picture book. Plus because of the size of the book, having little text blocks like this, means the book is less packed.
The actual illustrative style of Dick Bruna is simple in itself. Using bold black outlines, and block colour to fill in clothes. Having the rabbits white, much like the Background give the pages space to breathe. Creating a main character out of a simple animal like a rabbit granteeâ€™s ease of reproducing the same types of illustration in various circumstances. Also creates a easy way of drawing the character 360degrees. For instance, in this illustration, the back view of Miffy is just as recognizable as the front view.
Every second and fourth line Rhyme with each other, Creating rhythm in the story. Using rhyme in a story makes the story more interesting to listen to. It also creates ease to remember the story by having regular rhyming words.
The story describes in a easy, understandable way about different aspects of art, paintings and sculpture, and how things can be painted different colours. It also touches on confusion, Miffy is confused on what which way to look in the painting, and why a sun is blue instead of yellow.
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These four colours are that of the limited colour Palate used in this book of Miffy. Using a limited colour palate is a good way to keep the book simple, less confusing and still attractive .
Name: Elmerâ€™s Friends Author: David McKee Illustrator: David McKee Publisher and date: Andersen Press Ltd - 1994 Format: Board Book Pages: 16 pages Size: 16.2 x 16.2 cm Age: 2 - 5 years old Style : Serif type, Simple sentances, bold colours, hand drawn characters. Mixed media - Paint, pens, pencils. Characters: Elmer, Elephants, Zebra, Giraffe, Snake, Kangaroo, Mouse, Lion, Owl, Polar Bear, Leopard.
Elmers Friends is a board book , the story is about Elmer visiting it’s friends. Elmer goes around it’s friends and descirbes what is unique or well known about them. Elmer greets with a friendly “Hello”.
The sentences run along the bottom of the pages, giving enough room for the illustrations to run through the book. Like a time line in a way, effecting the story, giving the book constancy. Using a bold Serif type face, helps distinguish letters in the words.
There isn’t any Rhyming in the story. However there is consistancy in the story by having the friendly greeting at the start of every sentance. The book concludes that all of Elmers friends are different but they all love Elmer.
Dividing the pages up like this makes it easier for the text to be readable, meaning that the text can stay the same size, boldness and colour. Also it gives the images a platform for them to be positioned on.
David McKee’s Elmer illustrations are penciled outlines, coloured in with either pencil or felt tips, giving them some texture. His illustrative style is not the most detailed but playful enough for the character to be recognized as what they are. Elmer always has the same coloured squares throughout, creating a character as distinctive as Elmer, ensures that he stands out from the other characters. Also the background could be any colour but Elmer will stand out.
Name: Colours - Charlie and Lola Author: Lauren Child Illustrator: Lauren Child Publisher and date: Orchard Books - 2007 Format: Board Book Pages: 14 pages Size: 17.8 x 16.4 cm Age: 2 - 5 years old Style : 2 different serif typefaces, mostly one word a page, hand drawn illustrations with college. Characters: Charlie and Lola
Charlie and Lola’s - colours book explores colours through Various imagery using the characters Charlie and Lola to help. Lauren Child uses imagery that relate to colours, making it easy for the Children to resemble with. For instance the colour Green and the Vegetable Peas.
Lauren Child has a collage style to her work, using different types of paper and imagery to make up her illustrations. Using graph paper to resemble with blue and Pea’s for the colour Green.
Lauren Child uses black outlines for her Charlie and Lola and colours in her their hair and face, as for their clothes, they are made from the cut out peices mixed media.
Again there isn’t any Rhyming or even a story to this book. It is just a simple book about colours and mixing them together.
Just like the illustrations, the typeface has a collage look to it. It has no specific baseline, giving it a playful feel. Also some of the letters look more bold then others. She the same typeface for the names of the colours and in the sentance uses the word “Colours”.