Graphic novel & children's books
What is a Graphic novel?
A graphic novel is a narrative work where the
story is told using primarily artwork. A broad
definition is “a fictional story that is presented in
comic-strip format and presented as a book”.
They are often bound in more longer and more
They are often the inspiration behind films and
TV series. This can work both ways with TV
series being the inspiration for graphic novels.
Examples of graphic novels
• The Walking Dead
• V for Vendetta
What makes a graphic novel?
A graphic novel is mainly made up of illustration.
Illustration helps set the story, scene and tone of the
It often includes a small amount of text that allows for
brief descriptions and dialogue. The text is important as it
works with the images and helps move the narrative
There are many different styles and types of illustration
and it varies depending on the style of story. It can be
anything from simple black and white, to intricate
collages and anything in between.
What is the aim of a graphic novel?
The aim of a graphic novel is to
tell a story primarily by the use of
illustration and normally
presented in a comic strip grid
format, contained within white
As graphic novels became more
popular artists began to enhance
the layout and add their own
twist to it, veering away from the
conventional simple layout
Analysis of a Graphic NovelAs you can
relies on them
to tell the
The colours used are
“warm” colours. This
generates a more
The target audience are males. You can tell this by
the way it is presented and words used such as
“BAM BAM BAM” and how it is quite violent
What is a Children's book?
Children’s literature is usually aimed at people up to age 12. it
is defined in three different ways:
- Written by children
- Written for children
- Or chosen by or for children
Children’s literature usually consists of
legends, fairytales, myths and folklore. In most cases they
consist of stereotypes, happy endings, worlds in which magic
is accepted as normal and anthropomorphism (where
something that is not human is depicted in a human way).
They are normally written in serif fonts because of their
clean, straight lines. They help guide the eye from one letter
to another, making the text easy to read.
Examples of Children's books
• The Crows
• The Famous Five
• The Cat In The Hat
• The Very Hungry
• Curious George
• The Gingerbread
Types of children’s books by age
One of the main ways to define children's books
is by age. There are many different types of
children's books but all have a target
audience, and with each target audience comes
different styles of illustration and written text
(although there are obviously variations
depending on the author, illustrator and nature
of the story).
0-5 years old- picture books
Picture books combine verbal and visual narratives in the form of
a book. There are many different types of media used such as;
- Acrylic paint
- Oil paint
- Computer graphics
One of the most important aspects about children's book are the
illustrations. They are mostly simple and help allow the children
to grasp what is going n in the story as they can visually interpret
the situation better than they can understand a written
interpretation. A combination of both illustration and written text
allows the child to better understand. At first adults will read the
books to young children, and then once they begin to learn to
read they can read the books themselves.
5-7 years old- early reader books
These books are often
design to help enhance a
child's understanding of
literature. They can help
with reading and writing
7-12 year olds- Chapter Books
There are two main
types of chapter
books; short chapter
books, appropriate for
children ages 7-9. then
there is longer chapter
books, appropriate for
children ages 9-12.
Analysis of a children's book
There is a small
amount of text
It contains a question making it interactive and
helping children learn the names of animals.
They can look at the images and answer the
question, developing knowledge of farm
The pictures are
very basic and