Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Comic Book Picture Books
If you have a young child you may
have noted this interesting genre
of picture book. These picture
books use the tropes of superhero
comic books for both illustrations
My boys love these. We read
Bathman last night and the boys
fought over the book this morning
(my older boy specializes in
passive resistance, my younger in
I think the story may be easier for
kids with autism to follow, since
often the narration and dialogue
echo each other, so you get two
chances to figure
out what is going on.
We often both say and write
what we would like my son to
do. While repeating words
verbally may lead to confusion,
he can process the written word
in his own time.
As mentioned in an earlier post, meta
concepts don't bother my kid. I do not
know if he understands them fully, but
he seems to enjoy them. Anyway, the
commentary on and spoofing of
the comic book genre may amuse
the parents, but most of the kids
think pretending to be a superhero
is the most natural thing in the
world. My boy never did till
his little brother came along,
but now they're the Faster
Brothers or the Wonder Family.
by George O'Connor
offer a whole group of kids like
mine who go in and out of daily
life - rough housing against the
rules, playing on the beach and
superhero comics -
by Jacky Davis and David Soman
focus less on the superhero comic
style (the illustrations stay
"realistic" picture book) and
more on the transformative
power of the imagination.
The stories are more complex
here because they deal with
feelings, and were harder for
my boy with PDD to grasp.
But we liked all of them.
Have a Zoingy day!