STAGE 0 – PRE-RESEARCH:
Way before the project theme was announced, I went to Bras Basah complex to check out the different kind of storybooks available. i went to a shop called Children’s Book Centre (Address #04-53). For the design report, I went back there again to take several photos with the store owner’s permission.
p.s [Photographs taken courtesy of Children’s Book Centre at Bras Basah Complex]
A: This is a story about the characters having to travel in different vehicle and the story book has slits that allow children to move the vehicle from one place to another. But the book paper quality has to be very thick.
B: This book make use the double image on their cover page will attract children purchase them. But… too high tech…
A: This is actually a language activity book which teaches children how to say hello in different languages. There is also buttons by the side which gives the correct pronounciation of the words.It is binded like a ring file and has a hard cover.
B: Storybook with pages for colouring and puzzles. The quality of paper has to be colourable.
This external preliminary research also allowed us a general glimpse of the styles of colouring and writing used in children storybooks. Most of the books that targeted children from 6-9 years of age used a wide array of colours, with many using very rich colour schemes. This made it more attractive to young readers who love colourful and vibrant images. Our research extended to the internet for different illustration styles. We favoured using water-colour styled colouring because it gave a soothing feel. However, due to the different settings in our story, which required backgrounds that are more detailed, we decided to use richer colours. Also, using layering, beveling and shadow techniques for the backgrounds and the characters gives a touch of realism to the characters and the story.
A: This book is about a rabbit who eats a basket of food it decided to eat more to balance up. In the end, she ate everything and have a bad stomach. The way they have different layers is unique and nice. But hard and thick cover is needed to prevent the book from spoiling
B:Story books that include jigsaw puzzles.
There are many stories with pull out puzzles to create interestins pictures. This make children learn more easily with the added interactivity and be able to recodnise the animals more easily.
The use of stickers to fill in the stories is a nice way to have the story going. But I thought this will mean there won’t be any re-read value, once thechildren finish pasting the stickers.