Comparison of texts on childrens literature- Mail Online and Roald Dahl Website.

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Comparison of texts on children’s literature- Mail Online and Roald Dahl Website.

Most children’s Literature is used for entertainment, learning and conveying messages. The majority of children’s literature has a dual target audience of children and adults. I will be comparing the text of the Mail online and the Roald Dahl website.

The presentation of both texts is very different. For example, pictures in the Mail online appeal to a range of people. In the article there are two pictures. One is a photograph of Scott McIntyre, his son and a packshot of the book he wrote. In the photograph of Scott and his son, the boys are both wearing matching hoodies which happen to be blue. The fact that the hoodies are both the same and are both the colour blue shows that the audience is most likely a parent or more specifically, a father. This is because the colour blue is often related to boys. The photograph also shows Scott smiling. This relates to the perspective of the newspaper about children’s literature, and that the newspaper believes that anyone can be children’s writer. In contrast, the pictures used in the Roald Dahl website are fun and exciting. We see the illustrations of Roald Dahl’s signature illustrator, Quentin Blake.There is an illustration of Roald Dahl himself and in the corner we see an illustration of a monkey.These illustrations appeal specifically to the target audience, children. The fact that we see a monkey, which represents children themselves as they are fun and cheeky and full of energy means that Roald Dahl is trying to attract an audience of children. It also means that his perspective on children’s literature is that it should be enjoyable and fun.

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The languge in both texts is also used in a very different way. The language used in the Mail online is very simple. There are examples of superlatives in the text and also examples of exaggeration. For example: “awesome sidekick” “greatest little boy” “Meanest cat around” “fastest kid in town” “Jake has become famous”. It shows that the vocabulary of the people reading this is limited. We learn that the audience is maybe a little bit uneducated and is situated in the middle or low class of the social and economic system. Unlike the Daily Mail, Roald Dahl uses ...

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