Voices of the stinky cheese man: a comparative study of two postmodern picture books


  • Voicu Mihnea Simandan Keera-Pat International School Bangkok,


children’s books, postmodernism, metafictive devices, pedagogy, reading, Four Resource Model


This paper is a comparative study of two picture
books which demonstrate postmodern tendencies. The paper
is structured into three parts. I will begin with a
presentation of the characteristics of the metafictive devices
used by writers and illustrators in postmodern picture
books. The second part will compare the two picture books
chosen in terms of postmodern readings and will identify
and explore the metafictive devices that I have noticed
within each text. Finally, I will discuss the two texts in terms
of relevancy to classroom teaching, using the Four
Resource Model framework developed by Freebody and
Luke (Freebody, 1992). In order to demonstrate the
classroom application of the chosen texts, examples of how
the texts can be used within each of the four areas of the
framework will be given. An appendix, which includes the
plot summary of the two books, precedes the references list.


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