Plant–Human Hybridity in the Story World of Kubbe

  • Lykke Guanio-Uluru
Part of the Critical Approaches to Children's Literature book series (CRACL)


Drawing on posthuman theorists Donna Haraway, N. Katherine Hayles and Rosi Braidotti and on recent plant theory, Guanio-Uluru in this chapter provides a multi-faceted analysis of the story world of Kubbe, developed by Norwegian picturebook author and illustrator Åshild Kanstad Johnsen. The narratives’ main character, Kubbe, is a log of wood with anthropomorphic features and thus a representation of the figure of child and nature as one. Examining Kubbe and his environment through comparison with Carlo Collodi’s character of Pinocchio and with the Aristotelian view of plant capacities, Guanio-Uluru argues that the immediately idyllic view of plant–human relationships in Johnson’s story world is problematized in particular in light of plant theory.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Western Norway University of Applied SciencesSvelvikNorway

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