ERIC Number: EJ936155
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
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Reference Count: 13
Pop into My Place: An Exploration of the Narrative and Physical Space in Jan Pienkowski's "Haunted House"
Boyce, Lisa Boggiss
Children's Literature in Education, v42 n3 p243-255 Sep 2011
Discussions of children's literature frequently neglect the pop-up. This universally popular type of book is often considered ephemeral and insubstantial, although some titles have managed to attain popularity and critical recognition, elevating the form to iconic status. One of the most acclaimed and lasting titles in contemporary pop-up books is Jan Pienkowski's "Haunted House". Gothic themes have always been popular with pop-up book originators, especially as the form lends itself perfectly to concepts of transformation, but a close reading of this particular title is ideally suited to the investigation of place and space. Everything is carefully designed to draw the reader in. The familiar experience of arriving in a strange house is a concept even the youngest child can relate to, while the text poses questions and, even in its title, establishes the potential for surprise. Each turn of the page delivers this as each pop-up unfolds and demands reaction from the reader, linking narrative place and space with actual three dimensional place and space. Using Pienkowski's "Haunted House" as a focus, this article argues for a revaluation of the pop-up form.
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