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Recommended Picture Books: Metafictive Picture Books

Barnett, Mac  How This Book Was Made: Based on a True Story Gr. K–3     48 pp.     Disney/Hyperion Illustrated by Adam Rex. Barnett and Rex tongue-in-cheekily describe the process of creating a book. “Ideas can come at funny times,” muses Barnett, shown as a cartoon character arm-wrestling a tiger. It only gets wackier from there, as […]

Most peculiar

Fans of the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series will recognize the title Tales of the Peculiar; it’s the book of folktales read aloud by protagonist Jacob and his fellow peculiar children in the trilogy. In the same vein as J.K. Rowling’s Tales of Beedle the Bard, Ransom Riggs’s new collection Tales of the Peculiar (Dutton, […]

I Never Met a Fiction I Didn’t Like: Characters Creeping into Reality, from the March Sisters to Simon Snow

When @Call_Me_Gil started flirting with @AnneWith_An_E on Twitter, their followers took to calling them “Shirbert.” Yes, that’s two contemporary (fictional) young adults named Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe, no realer than the L. M. Montgomery characters who first appeared widely in 1908. In this modern-day webseries re-imagining, Anne (as played by Mandy Harmon) started a […]

Readinvent this book

The urge to write in your books never really goes away, does it? For the older generation, it manifests as underlining and annotating. For the younger crowd, it might be taking attendance for a pretend classroom in your Lion King book during naptime. Maybe. Possibly. I definitely wouldn’t know, because I was a respectful, rule-following […]

Meta, man

2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier, illustrated by Suzy Lee (Chronicle Books), takes page-turning to a new level. Here are some other meta-fictional books that bend our minds. A Book by Mordicai Gerstein; illus. by the author Primary    Roaring Brook    40 pp. 4/09    978-1-59643-251-2     $16.95     g “What’s my […]