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Picturebook research has undergone considerable change during the last decade. This volume brings together leading international researchers in a variety of disciplines, including literacy studies, linguistics, and art history, to discuss theMorePicturebook research has undergone considerable change during the last decade. This volume brings together leading international researchers in a variety of disciplines, including literacy studies, linguistics, and art history, to discuss the aesthetic and cognitive challenges of modern picturebooks. The contributors focus on theoretical issues at the heart of recent research: new frameworks such as cognitive poetics or literary cognitivism, interpictoriality, and materiality- the narratological constraints of wordless picturebooks- the role of paratexts in the comprehension process- and the relationship between visual codes, multimodality, and visual literacy. Considering that a growing number of picturebooks show a crossover tendency addressing a readership of children and adults contributors explore the specific features of this book type and its relations to similar genres, such as artists or concept books. Do the genre shifts and the aspect of boundary crossing lead to a new picturebook type that is solely addressed towards adults? How does the visual and textual depiction of characters in picturebooks generate the audience s emotional and cognitive attitude towards these characters? In which regard do hybrid characters or ambivalent characters challenge the reader, thus supporting a developing sense of empathy? The breadth of authors discussed here enlarges the picturebook corpus beyond an Anglo-American picturebook canon, and includes Astrid Lindgren, Wolf Erlbruch, Stian Hole, and Bruno Munari.