Next week we’ll be hosting our next Nosy Crow Reading Group, and this month we’re talking about picture books! We’re examining three original and brilliant titles: I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen, The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers, and our very own Weasels by Elys Dolan.
The event will take place here in the Crow’s Nest (10a Lant Street) on Thursday, November 14 at 6.30pm – and if you aren’t joining us in person, we’d love it if you took part online. We’ll be partnering with The Guardian once again, and you’ll be able to join in with the discussion online at a page of their website and on Twitter with the #NCGKids hashtag.
As usual we’ve prepared a few discussion points to get you thinking in advance – here’s some of what we might talk about:
1) Who do you think these books are “for”?
2) Between them, these books cover a fairly broad emotional palette. Do you think picture books are best suited to particular themes? Which emotional tone do you think these books conveyed most successfully?
3) The different designs and page layouts of these three titles demonstrates the versatility of the picture book format. What do you think the particular design (use of space and colour, typography and text layout, use of page spreads, and so on) of each book achieves?
4) What do you think the illustrations and texts achieve separately and together in each book? Do you think they complement each other?
5) How important do you think “story” is in each book? What do you think the most important elements are?
We hope you can join us online!