Next week we’ll be hosting our next Nosy Crow Reading Group, and this month we’re talking about illustrated fiction! We’re reading three fantastic and funny new titles: Claude on the Slopes by Alex T. Smith, Dixie O’Day: In the Fast Lane by Shirley Hughes and Clara Vulliamy, and our very own Hubble Bubble: The Glorious Granny Bake-Off by Tracey Corderoy and Joe Berger.
The event will take place here in the Crow’s Nest (10a Lant Street) on Tuesday, October 15 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) Did you find the books funny? Do you think children would find the same parts funny?
3) What impact do you think the varying “distances” between the authors and illustrators of each book (one author-illustrator individual, one mother-daughter pair, and one combination of entirely separate author and illustrator) had?
4) What do you think the illustrations achieve that the text doesn’t?
5) How important do you think “story” is in each book? What do you think the most important elements are?
And here’s something that’s somewhat apropos to question three: author Tracey Corderoy talking on what it’s like to be illustrated by Joe Berger:
If you’d like one of the last remaining place for the group event here, send me an email to [email protected].
We hope you can join us!