The Looking Glass : New Perspectives on Children's Literature, Vol 9, No 3 (2005)

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Restorying Crumbling Realities: The Three Pigs and The Frog Prince Continued

Jennifer Johnson

Abstract


Postmodern representation has become a key aspect of many recent picture books. It can be argued that, apart from entertainment, the intention of many picture book creators is first to question the foundations on which our crumbling world has been erected, and then to offer their own alternative. A prime example is the non-linearity of Scieszka's The Stinky Cheese Man. This study examines two examples of books that challenge fewer narrative conventions while re-storying traditional fairytales: Wiesner's The Three Pigs and Scieszka's The Frog Prince Continued. Unlike The Stinky Cheese Man, these narratives do have a message and retain enough linearity to demonstrate an individual's ability to create his own "happily ever after."

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The Looking Glass: new perspectives on children's literature

ISBN 1551-5680