This month’s Nosy Crow Reading Group is taking place on Thursday, and we’d love for you to join in!
If you missed our previous posts, the theme for this month is “books about books”, and we have a trio of excellent picture books to discuss that fit the bill: It’s a Book by Lane Smith, Press Here by Herve Tullet, and Open Very Carefully, illustrated by Nicola O’Byrne with words by Nick Bromley. As usual, we’ve prepared a few questions in advance to get everyone thinking – here’s some of what we might be talking about:
1) A theme of all three of these texts is “the book as physical object”. How effectively do you think each book takes advantage of the physical format?
2) Do these books sacrifice “story” at the expense of the book-about-a-book meta-conceit? Do you think this matters?
3) Who do you think the intended reader is for each of these books?
4) How present is the authorial voice in each text? Do you think the texts interact successfully with the artwork?
5) All three books rely on a striking degree of repeating imagery. What effect do you think this has?
Places for the physical event have now all gone, but we hope you’ll be able to join us online, if you’d like – you can leave your comments underneath this blogpost, or join us on the night on Twitter from 6.30pm with the #NCGKids hashtag.
Here’s a trailer for It’s A Book:
Here’s a trailer for Press Here:
And here’s a look inside Open Very Carefully:
We hope you can join us!