Introduction 1. Modern Picturebooks: the State of the Art 2. The Interaction of Word and Image in Picturebooks: a Critical Survey 3. The Ecology of the Picturebook 4. The picturebook as a Process: Making it New 5. Picturebooks at Play 6. Postmodernism and the Picturebook 7. A Word about Pictures 8. How do Picturebooks come to Posess Meaning?
""Reading Contemporary Picturebooks is happily more eclectic than a
primer. Part social scientist and part literary critic, Lewis
approaches his subject through a combination of taxonomical
evaluation and meditative analysis, producing an even-handed
examination of Emil Award winning British picture books published
during the last twenty years...offers much useful information that
will be of value to the scholar and student of contemporary
picturebooks. Lavishly illustrated with 29 black-and-white plates,
Lewis' volume makes a contribution to visual literacy, suggesting
the variety of ways in which picture books convey meaning to their
-Philip Nel, Children's Literature Association Quarterly, Spring, 2002, Vol. 27, No.1
"In "Reading Contemporary Picturebooks: Picturing Text, David Lewis studies the similarities and differences between picture books as a way of understanding how picture books work first as a verbal text, then visual, and finally as a process. By considering the responses of children and adults and by looking at picture books created from a postmodern sensibility (e.g., Macaulay's "Black and White), Lewis sees the picture book itself as a form of artistic expression that alters constantly and endlessly.Lewis so ably defines this postmodern critical terms ("metafiction, fragmentation, indeterminacy) that even the novice feels comfortable. And the appendices alone - on developments in printing technology and Kress and Leeuwen's "Grammar of Visual Design - are worth reading for any student of the picture book.."
-The Horn Book Magazine, May/June 2002