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    Picture Book Analysis  A Perfectly Messed-up Story  Written by: Patrick McDonnell This book is a lively children’s  story that follows Lewis along his story and the events that mess up his story. Children will enjoy the fun adventure following a unique tale of mishaps and might even see themselves in this book. In the end children learn that sometimes messed-up is A-Okay. Locating Meaning in Typeface: Many time books include different ways to decipher the meaning of a book, one of the ways is with typeface. This book has a fun typeface. The actual story is an old English typeface while the character addresses the reader in speech bubbles. They show a distinct difference between the srcinal story and adventure. The bubbles look to be written in rounded font that will remind the readers of a child’s hand writing. Use of Interactive Narration: Sometimes a book includes the reader.   A Perfectly Messed-Up Story uses interactive narrations. When little Lewis explodes from frustrations he seems to talk to the reader. The speech bubbles describe how Lewis is feeling and what his experiencing. Little Lewis is candid when he does speak out and this enriches the story. Images Expand Meaning:  Many times the pictures, which enhance th story, follow the main storline. In this book we find where the book is truly multimodal. While the story is first presented in an old English typeface, a secondary and reader engaging story line comes along. The photos suggest following the main storyline, until Lewis interjects his observances. In this example, the jelly doesn’t  seem to follow the storyline . Surely Lewis doesn’t have jelly in his heart.     Multiple Perspectives-The Sociocultural Context: Finally, we can see that this book does a wonderful job engaging the reader to not only interpret the main story line, wondering where the story will go next or what interruption will  be next, but it also has spots where Lewis is seemingly speaking to the audience. This multi-perspective keeps readers on their toes. In conclusion, this book shows that there are many different factors that play an important part in a book. From differentiating the different storylines with typeface, to pictures that enrich the story by adding new and supporting graphics we learn that it is not just words and  pictures on a page that makes a good story.
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