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Word-Play, Image-Play - Part Two

Posted By Alison D. Brumwell, 06 October 2019
In her recent guest blog Cicada Books’ publisher and editor, Ziggy Hanaor, explores the importance of illustration and ways in which images “create a story that can set children’s imagination alight.” It’s an inspiring piece for librarians, particularly those of us who are passionate about visual literacy and illustrated text and who actively promote the innovation of small, independent publishers. Ziggy is also a talented writer; “Fly Flies”, her recent collaboration with illustrator, Alice Bowsher, is an example of “the playfulness that happens in the gaps between text and image.” Fly loops and twirls across the sky in her own “buzzy, flappy” (and happy) way, until the birds spot her technique and offer unsought advice about how to fly right. The crisp, witty text is perfectly supported by a bold use of space and limited colour, creating a picture book which celebrates freedom and identity. Many thanks again to Ziggy for her insightful blog.

Tags:  Illustration  Reading for Pleasure  visual literacy 

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