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ERIC Number: EJ1211607
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1938-0399
Playing with Words: Dav Pilkey's Literary Success in Humorous Language
Nwokah, Evangeline E.; Hernandez, Vanessa; Miller, Erin; Garza, Ariana
American Journal of Play, v11 n2 p222-246 Win 2019
Language play is a key component of many children's popular graphic novels. The authors analyze the sound and word play in Dav Pilkey's illustrated Captain Underpants series. They argue that Pilkey's literary devices fall into two main areas of hyperbole and linguistic creativity and that Pilkey's language shifts the reader into a carnivalesque play frame. In Pilkey's work, the use of language contributes to a humorous disconnect between a real word and its distorted counterpart and between real worlds and a parallel sphere of hyperbolic pretend play
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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