Picturebook peritext: the other bits - Mythological Monsters by Sara Fanelli
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Endpapers in picturebooks come in various forms, sometimes illustrated, sometimes not. Even if an endpaper is blank, it could be so for a reason, so don't dismiss it. Illustrated endpapers almost always contain narrative clues. Sara Fanelli's front endpapers are giving us clues to what we will find in the book, and challenging us before we've even started, to see if we know.
Mythological Monsters is perfect for a children who have had three or four years of English who will enjoy the visual and verbal jokes as well as the topic. It's also an excellent title to use with teacher trainees, as it demonstrates how all the peritextual features can contribute to a narrative.
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