One of my favorite qualities in a picture book is the ability to surprise and challenge a reader. Last week when I recommended the book No Bears I mentioned how much I love metafiction in children’s picture books. I suppose I am just an artistic rebel at heart. A metafictional text is one that subverts traditional, straightforward storytelling. Since I want to spread the metafiction gospel, I have made a list of some of my favorite examples in kids’ books.
Metafictional Picture Books for Kids
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What are your favorite examples of metafiction in children’s books?