Chapter Five

Picturebooks withCross-Generational Themes

… des histoires entre dent de lait et dent de sagesse

Le Sourire qui mord

They talk about… everything that belongs to a more accurate description of the world shared by children and adults.

Oscar K., Danish Literary Magazine

Many picturebooks deal with what are often considered “adult” themes, but, in fact, are cross-generational topics of interest to readers of all ages. The preceding chapters have already provided a number of noteworthy examples. More mature subject matter is not new to children's literature. Nursery rhymes and fairy tales, the staples of the children's nursery, are full of dark and disturbing themes, events, and images. In her paintings for Nursery Rhymes (1990), Paula ...

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