Death, Playfulness and Picture Books

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This chapter offers a brief overview of the ways in which death has been addressed in children’s picture books in a playful or light-hearted manner. The books here are a small purposive sample showing the ‘ordinary’ way, in which death can be dealt with in picture books rather than looking at books with a speci c therapeutic intent. The concepts of ‘playfulness’ and also ‘carnival’ are explored before four books are analysed.
Keywords: Picture books; playfulness; death; children; carnival; ordinary
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDeath, Culture & Leisure: Playing Dead
EditorsMatt Coward-Gibbs
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781839090387
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2020


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