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Children's Literature: Illustrated Storybooks Essay

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Discipline Biology
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"Picture books are more than just illustrated storybooks, with the written fonts, text, and illustrations all part of the narrative" (Lewis, 2001). Picture publications have deeper meanings behind the illustrations and text. The combination of the visual and written language contributes to the development of ideas and characters which can be related to society and individual experiences of the reader. In this essay I will talk about language features (visual and written), and ideas in relation to Melu, written by Kyle Mewburn, and exemplified by Ali Teo and John O’Reilly. Melu is a picture book about a cop called Melu who lives with his herd in the sun-baked hills on an island surrounded by a glittering green sea and lush green grass. For generations the herd of mules have been clip-clopping across the sun-baked hills. But, Melu is different. After the herd clips, Melu clops. When they clop, Melu clips. Melu dreams of leaving the herd melts into the glittering green sea and the lush green grass. Finally he does, despite the disapproval in the herd. Melu comes across some obstacles, where his new friends, Goat and Bull aid him. Collectively Melu, Goat and Bull travel together to the mountainous areas and the sea. Melu won the 2013 New Zealand Post Children's Choice Award. Kyle Mewburn has used certain written language features to help create the characters in the story. He unites alliteration, onomatopoeia and repetition to give an identity to characters. Throughout the narrative, Mewburn refers to this mules clip-clopping, Melu clop-clipping, Goat clit-clattering and Bull stomp-stamping. Combining these characteristics helps to create an identity for the characters in the story and adds humor to their forms of travel. "Characters can.

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