Pictures in books aren't just for little kids. They can accompany text to deepen or clarify meanings. Plus they're each worth a thousand words, which is why we've been collected pictures for years. We don't know how much a word is worth...but we're fairly certain we're going to be rich any day now.
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Why? Because illustrations can do some important, interesting work, [Man at a construction site and falls over]
so it looks like they're here to stay.
Here's a quick illustration that shows how we feel about that!
Authors and illustrators generally work together to create the mood of the text and deepen
a reader’s experience of a story. [Man and woman working at a table]
Illustrations can help introduce characters, emphasize funny or scary parts of a story,
or maybe even help explain parts of the story that a reader might find confusing. [Coop explaining illustration pros]
All in all, that's a lot of things accomplished with just some pretty pictures.
Illustrations usually don't show everything that happens in the text in picture form,
which is good, because nobody wants to carry around novels that weigh 50 pounds. [Man carrying heavy book and falls over]
Instead, illustrators focus on a scene, a moment, or a few short lines of text to show
in their pictures.
That helps bring these moments into focus, and ensures that the page count stays under
five hundred million.
But you know what…heavy books would be a good way to work out your body and brain at [Man struggling to hold a heavy book]
the same time.
Hmm… Maybe we’re onto something. We'll call up our local gym in a few minutes, but
for now, it's example time.
Let's say we have two authors, Peter and Paul. [Peter holding a book]
Peter's book is about a revolutionary thinker who is constantly punished for his views
The illustration of his book helped to reflect that and helped to emphasize the theme of isolation.
Paul's book on the other hand is pretty different.. It's about a happy-go-lucky puppeteer.
It wouldn't make a lot of sense if Paul's book had the same style of illustration's as Peter's...
That'd just be super confusing, like why is the happy puppeteer all by himself in such a sad, bleak world.
Naturally then, Paul's book is full of colorful, bright pictures. It's a world that celebrates fun and captures [Man with puppeteer on a fair ride]
the bubbly personality of the puppeteer.
So whether you're trying to conjure a world of fun and balloons
or narrow-mindedness and punishment, illustrations can really help you get that mood across. [Man in jail watching man with a puppeteer]
And because we like you, we’ll stick with the fun and balloons for today.
Maybe we’ll even throw a lollipop in there.
Isn’t it nice to be on Shmoop’s good side? [Girl holding balloons and a lollipop]