Picture Book Analysis

Picture Book Analysis – Common Issues

Vague identification of techniques =   vague reasoning of their use.

The tone of the writing and the use of short phrases sets the pessimistic mood of the story that is reinforced by the illustrations. On page1, the short phrase, “He wasn’t like them,” sets the theme of the story that the man does not belong on the island. The conciseness of this phrase works to have a larger impact on the audience that initiates their sympathy for the man rather than the islanders. On page 10, a villager says, “He is a stranger. He doesn’t belong.” This conveys a sad and depressing mood to readers which causes them to further understand the effects of the islanders attitude in creating barriers preventing the man from finding belonging.

Greder wrote The Island in third person omniscient from an objective perspective to present the horror of the treatment of the man from a seemingly neutral perspective. He holds up a mirror to the xenophobic behaviour of the islanders, letting readers judge it for themselves. For example his neutral reporting of the islanders’ first observation, “He wasn’t like them.” highlights their immediate focus on the man’s differences. Greder, however, ensures this behaviour is taken negatively by immediately following it with an image of the islanders as enormous, dark, and threatening.

Always be making a strong point / use of apostrophes / it is not enough to identify a technique and give an example, you must explain what the author was attempting to achieve.

The poignant story is simply told. Avoid these meaningless sentences like plague! Your paragraph is about the escalating aggression of the action verbs in the text and your topic sentence needs to reflect that. At the beginning of the book Greder uses softened and ambivalent action verbs to describe the villager’s behaviour. “So they took him in”. The verb took implies nothing gentle nor violent, but the illustrations show the villagers prodding the...