Chapter One

Picturebooks as a Crossover Genre

There is no art for children, there is Art. There are no graphics for children, there are graphics…. There is no literature for children, there is literature.

—François Ruy-Vidal

Crossover Picturebooks: A Genre for All Ages is a follow-up to Crossover Fiction: Global and Historical Perspectives, which was published by Routledge in 2009. The earlier book deals generally with the phenomenon of crossover literature, and more specifically with novels and short fiction that cross from child to adult or adult to child audiences, while the present study focuses on picturebooks for all ages. The original intention was to include picturebooks in the first volume, but crossover literature is such an important ...

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