Thursday, 14 June 2012

Children's book layout - 'The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?'

I've included this sample from the children's book The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? to show how it effectively uses a simple two-column grid system for each page.

This grid here has been used to show the pigeon's thought-process as he gets increasingly upset about the duckling getting a cookie. The different background colours for each square make each thought into a separate mini-scene, adding emphasis. The last thought before the page-turn is given extra emphasis as it covers two squares instead of one.

The typeface for the story has clearly been chosen for its old-fashioned, simple, 'typewriter' feel, which complements the plain backgrounds and uncomplicated line-drawings of the illustrations.

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