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FC: Picture Books for Young Adults Created by Natasha Inions for LIS 403 February 23rd 2009
1: Neil Gaiman Neil Gaiman is the author of The Dangerous Alphabet. Neil has been deemed one of the top writers in modern comics. Neil Gaiman is a well known author and a recipient of many prestigious awards including 3 Hugos, 2 Nebulas, 9 Locus, and many more... Neil's work has been used to inspire several films and television series. Neil is originally from England but currently resides in the United States.
2: Gris Grimly Gris entered the professional world of publishing in 2000. He has illustrated several books including The Dangerous Alphabet, and he has also written some of his own. | Gris draws his inspiration from daily surroundings which include film, music, concerta, plays, and monsters. Also, he claims that emotions are great objects to exploit for art. Gris' influences change daily which allows for great, original work. Gris works with all mediums however, he does the majority of his work in ink and watercolor. Gris is a very busy artist who also enjoys developping his own stories into film.
3: The Story Two children embark on an exciting adventure. The children sneak out of their father's house, determined to journey into the world under the city. A boy, girl, and their pet gazelle lead thrilling trials and tribulations of locating hidden treasures. As outlined by the letters in alphabet, the two children are faced with fear, temptation, evil, piracy, and monsters which leads to a great display of bravery. | I choose this book since the title grabbed my attention. Upon further investigation, I was completely enthralled by the original tale and chilling depictions. I thought that this book would be a great ressource for teachers to use with children who are learning and/or solidifying their knowledge of the alphabet but also for ESL students. This book would allows them to acquaint themselves with the letters but also, it would provide a great source of interest thanks to the story and its illustrations.
4: The Illustrations The water-color and ink depictions have a main background color of beige. This muted color offers a sense of comfort as the chilling tale progresses. Gris chooses materials based on quality since, he believes, that it is greatly reflected in his artwork. Gris recommends spending more money on your water color paper in order to obtain a nicer finished product.
5: The Text The story is told in twenty six alphabetical lines. These twenty six lines offer powerful, visual descriptors that allow the readers to visualize the story themselves without even looking at the art. The story would be much more appealing to an older audience such as middle school students since the tale could be a little scary for younger children. Although some may assume that the alphabet is simply simplistic, Gaiman does an excellent job of creating complex sentences with depth and meaning. The story is based on fun filled adventured that displays many qualities and issues that teens and other memebers of society face on a daily basis. Many real world applications can be made in refernce to Neil's written work (ie: advertisement, economy, morals and values...etc.)
6: The Combo the artwork is an excellent compliment to Neil Gaiman's text. As a story is built progressively, powerful images emerge to create a powerful reading experience. | The images provide clear, visual depictions and reflect the fear, horror and terror that the children are faced with throughout their journey. The unity of the story combined with the use of color throughout the depictions allows readers to feel as though they are included in this scary adventure. Through the power of words and art, the mood is clearly defined on each page which provides readers with a great sense of emotion and worry.
7: References/& Sources Gris Grimly's website: www.madcreator.com Neil Gaiman's website: www.mousecircus.com Images : cover page: www.neilgaiman.com page 1: top: www.tabula-rasa.info Bottom: www.theage.com.au page 2: www.faerieworlds.com page 4 (both): www.cel-ebration.com page 6: www.harpercollinschildrens.com