ACHUKA Book lof the Day 26 Aug 2020
In SEEING SENSE, Jake Hope marshals his vast experience, as both a librarian and general advocate of and enthusiast for children’s literature, to write an indispensable and comprehensive guide to visual literacy.
Illustrators will rejoice to see the power of pictures so meticulously surveyed.
The book is a treasure trove of commentary from a pantheon of individuals and organisations closely involved with the production and promotion of contemporary picturebooks – Hope chooses the single-word term, so that he can survey all illustrated books, and not just those that would be typically called ‘picture books’. There must be nearly a hundred names listed in the Acknowledgements and Hope gives all of them room to speak, treating the reader, for example, to an extended description of the creation of The Lost Words, from conception to publication.
Seeing Sense is dedicated to Jackie Morris, and has a Foreword by Philip Pullman. It is highly contemporary in all its references, so will be a book both for today, and for future historians of reading and literacy.