As part of the Production module I will be analysing book covers and page spreads of different genres to see how they differ. This week, I chose picture books!
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers has a child-like, scribbly drawing style to it which is endearing, this goes perfectly in hand with the writing style he has chosen. This is the style he uses for all of his picture books. Jeffers tends to use small pictures with a lot of space around them, instead of zooming in on the character like many other picture books do. But this style seems to really work with the text. For example, in the spread below, the words take up most of one page and the boy is almost hidden at the bottom of the page, but this contracts well with the amount of large items he has thrown up into the tree.
The size of the book is 22.6 x 0.4 x 31.2 cm which is the standard size for a picture books, although measurements for these vary slightly.
The other picture book I have chosen is Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klasson. I chose it because I like knitting and the concept of the story.
One of the first things I noticed is that most of the book is in monochrome, while the main character knits colour into people and objects around her. This means that the book would be cheaper to produce but it is an effective tool in this case. This book is by Walker Books and is a standard picture book size 25.4 x 0.9 x 21.6 cm.