Children's Literature in Education

, Volume 36, Issue 3, pp 269–283 | Cite as

The Verse-novel: A New Genre

  • Joy Alexander

This article examines the verse-novel, a genre that has gained some prominence in children’s fiction in the last ten years. Reasons why this may be so are suggested and the chief evolving characteristics of the genre in both content and style are discussed. Notable examples of the verse-novel from Australia, the USA and the UK are analysed. Criteria are proposed by which the form can be evaluated. It appears to be a genre whose time has come.


Genre verse-novel orality voice 


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. Creech, S. 2002Love That DogBloomsburyLondonGoogle Scholar
  2. Creech, S. 2004HeartbeatBloomsburyLondonGoogle Scholar
  3. Hathorn, L. 2001Volcano BoyLothian BooksMelbourneGoogle Scholar
  4. Herrick, S. 1996Love, Ghosts, and facial hairSimon PulseNew YorkGoogle Scholar
  5. Hesse, K. 1999Out of the DustScholasticNew YorkGoogle Scholar
  6. Hesse, K. 2001WitnessScholasticNew YorkGoogle Scholar
  7. Hesse, K. 2003Aleutian SparrowMcElderry BooksNew YorkGoogle Scholar
  8. Hollindale, P. 2004Novels in Verse, for Better or WorseBooks for Keeps1461213Google Scholar
  9. Lanham, R., Transcript of Interview at the English and Media Centre, London, 29th February, 1996Google Scholar
  10. McLuhan, M. 1962The Gutenberg GalaxyRoutledge and Kegan PaulLondonGoogle Scholar
  11. Montgomery, H. 2002The Voyage of the Arctic TernWalker BooksLondonGoogle Scholar
  12. Ong, W. J. 1967The Presence of the WordYale University PressNew Haven and LondonGoogle Scholar
  13. Ong, W. J. 1982Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the WordRoutledgeLondonGoogle Scholar
  14. Rylant, C. 1990Soda JerkOrchard BooksNew YorkGoogle Scholar
  15. Seabrooke, B. 1990Judy ScuppernongDutton BooksNew YorkGoogle Scholar
  16. Sones, S. 1999Stop Pretending - What Happened When My Big Sister Went CrazyHarperCollinsNew YorkGoogle Scholar
  17. Webster, L. 2001Making Lemonade, Digging Holes and Dicing with DeathThe English and Media Magazine451013Google Scholar
  18. Wild, M. 2001JinxAllen & UnwinAustraliaGoogle Scholar
  19. Wolff, V. E. 2000Make LemonadeFaber and FaberLondonGoogle Scholar
  20. Wolff, V. E. 2001True BelieverFaber and FaberLondonGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joy Alexander

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations