All in a flap about reading: Catherine Morland, Spot, and Mister Wolf

Vivienne Smith

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Lift-the-flap books comprise a popular sub-genre of children's literature but attract very little critical attention. This article attempts to redress this imbalance by suggesting the following: (1) that lift-theflap books provide useful lessons in reading both literature and pictures for the young reader, (2) that a grammar of lift-the-flap books can be postulated to facilitate their description and discussion, and (3) that the best lift-the-flap books are entertaining postmodern texts, well deserving of critical attention.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-236
Number of pages11
JournalChildren's Literature in Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 3 Nov 2004


  • lift-the-flap books
  • narrative
  • readers
  • books
  • literacy
  • postmodernism

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