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Comparing two children's cook book's

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Introduction

Michelle Moran4F1 Comparing two children's cook book's I have chosen to write about two childrens cookbooks. The first is called "Gruesome Grub and Disgusting Dishes" written by Susan Martineau, illustrated by Martin Ursell. The second is called "Starting Cooking" written by Gill Harvey, illustrated by Norman Young. I chose childrens cookbooks as it was very difficult to find an adult cookbook with illustrations in it. When I did find adult cookbooks with illustrations in it they were very small and not very interesting to look at. In childrens cookbooks there is a lot more colour and interesting pictures. They have to be bright, colourful and full of interesting pictures so it is fun for children to look at them and read them. The books I have chosen have interesting, detailed pictures in them that look simple from a distance, but if you look closer have alot of detail in them. The first book I am going to talk about is called "Gruesome Grub and Disgusting Dishes" written by Susan Martineau, illustrated by Martin Ursell. The style of this picture is quite simplified, but clever. The recipe I am looking at is called "Throat Throttler." The illustrator has used a vampire in his paintings as a vampire sucks blood from the throat. The picture is how you would expect a vampire to be. He is lying in a coffin at the bottom of the page. He is wearing a black cloak and suit with a bow-tie and white shirt. The background is like a dungeon. The illustration has a bat in it, you would associate vampires with this. This style is obviously aimed at younger readers. All the illustrations and recipes are designed to make cooking more interesting and fun for children. The artists style is easily recognised. It is very simple when you look at it. Line drawings filled in with water colours.

Middle

Below the middle of the left-hand-side of the page are three dungeon doors. They are arched shapes. They come diagonally from below the middle to the left of the page in the centre of the page near the text. Coming from the middle of the right-hand-side of the page is a vine. It goes down towards the coffin. On the bottom right hand corner, there is a quarter of a circle. In it is text positioned in a diagonal way. From the bottom left the circle to the top right. It tells you how to make the drink scarier. Underneath the text is the drink with what looks like eyeballs in it. The drink is a tall glass. It is made up of cola and ice-cream. It is a dark brown colour. It is frothing over the top of the glass. In the froth two straws are positioned, one to the left of the glass. This has a bend in it. The other straw is positioned to the right and has no bends in it. They both have red and white stripes on them, going around from the bottom of the straw to the top in a spiral. On the right-hand-side of the glass, at the top, is a slice of cucumber cut in the shape of vampire's fangs. There are more illustrations than text in the book. The illustrations are the same on every single and double page layout. The typeface that has been used is times new roman. The only bold text is in the titles and the "you will need" part of the ingredients. For the title I think size 0.18 has been used and for all the other text size 0.14. The title is sans serif. The rest has serifs. This style of lettering has been used as it is easy for young children to read. It is big enough to be seen and is reasonably spread out.

Conclusion

This illustration is also boxed off. There is text on every page. The text will either be above or below a small illustration. The amount of text and illustrations is about the same on each page. The layout sometimes varies throughout the book. The layout is different on each page to make the book look more interesting. Everything I have mentioned in my description is on each page. The typeface is times new roman. The only bold text is the title in each rectangle, the main title the name of the dish and the "you will need" part of the recipe. The size of the text that has been used is 0.14. For the main title 0.18 has been used. For all other titles it is size 0.16. All of the text has serifs. I think this style of lettering was used as it is suitable for almost anything. It goes well with all the illustrations. It is quite a popular text and is used in most typed text. I think it is suitable for the age range as it is easy to read. It doesn't have lots of fancy flicks that make it difficult to read. It is simple for younger children to read. My favourite out of the two books would have to be "Gruesome Grub and Disgusting Dishes" as it has really good recipes in it. The illustrations are always related to the title in some way. They are quite simple to look at but when you look closer at them you see all the detail that has been put into them. They are fun and will keep the reader interested. It will make the children more interested in trying out the recipes. This is the best out of the two books. In the other book all the illustrations looked the same and had the same colours. "Gruesome Grub and Disgusting Dishes" doesn't. Every illustration is different and has different colours in it. This makes the book better as you have something different to look at on each page and that is what I like about it.

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