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Issue Details: First known date: 1994... 1994 Power and Glory
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A boy wants to play with his exciting new video game but keeps being interrupted by members of his family who bring him back to reality. The interruptions are reflected in the on-going playing of the game.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • St Leonards, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 1994 .
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      Extent: 32p.
      Description: col. illus.
      Reprinted: 1999 reprinted several times
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      • Copyright date.
      ISBN: 1863736778
      Series: y separately published work icon A Little Ark Book Allen and Unwin (publisher), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 1988- 11639330 1988 series - publisher
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Greenwillow Books ,
      1996 .
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      Extent: 1 v. (unpaged)p.
      Description: col. illus.
      ISBN: 0688142141

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Works about this Work

Metafictional Play in Children's Fiction Ann L. Grieve , 1998 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , December vol. 8 no. 3 1998; (p. 5-15)

Grieve examines the role of metafiction in children's literature and its reliance on reader participation and interaction, by looking at textual strategies that construct the 'game' as text or fiction. These strategies include structuring the narrative around the rules of an actual game, constructing either the physical book or the text as a game, and/or representing characters as 'players in a game' (5). The discussion is a response to critics who question the value of child-focused metafictional texts and of narrative techniques that demystify fictional illusions (such as multiple narrative endings, unreliable narrators and characters, linguistic play, and the reworking of established literary codes and conventions through parody and intertextuality).

Grieve explores a number of texts based on the 'interrogative or metafictional play' and self-reflexivity the narratives offer, which, she argues, 'makes the reader aware of the interplay between reality and illusion' (6). As well as novels from the UK and the USA, Grieves discusses a number of Australian texts: Power and Glory (Emily Rodda and Geoff Kelly), Beyond the Labyrinth (Gillian Rubinstein), Inventing Anthony West (Gary Crew), and The Water Tower (Gary Crew and Steven Woolman).

Metafiction challenges the dominant humanist literary tradition, which posits 'stable, knowable texts' (5), by 'problematizing mimetic illusion' and questioning the 'nature and existence of reality, the creation of literary universes and the nature of human artefacts' (13). This is the value of metafictive narratives for children that Grieve elucidates and ultimately supports.

Untitled Christine Donnelly , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , August vol. 39 no. 3 1995; (p. 20)

— Review of Power and Glory Emily Rodda , 1994 single work picture book
Children's Book Council of Australia Annual Awards 1995 : Judges' Report 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , August vol. 39 no. 3 1995; (p. 2-10)
Who Says Picture Books are Just for Kids? Frances Kelly , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 7-8 January 1995; (p. 5)

— Review of The Watertower Gary Crew , 1994 single work picture book ; Power and Glory Emily Rodda , 1994 single work picture book
Ten Little Australians for Middle-Aged Children Heather Scutter , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Women's Book Review , November vol. 7 no. 3-4 1995; (p. 10-11)

— Review of Foxspell Gillian Rubinstein , 1994 single work novel ; The White Guinea-Pig Ursula Dubosarsky , 1994 single work novel ; Somewhere Around the Corner Jackie French , 1994 single work children's fiction ; Jake and Pete Gillian Rubinstein , 1995 single work children's fiction ; Way Home Libby Hathorn , 1994 single work picture book ; Featherbys Mary Steele , 1993 single work novel ; A Bit of a Hitch Mary Steele , 1995 selected work children's fiction ; The Magic Caravan Paty Marshall-Stace , 1995 single work children's fiction ; Ark in the Park Wendy Orr , 1994 single work children's fiction ; Power and Glory Emily Rodda , 1994 single work picture book ; The White Guinea-Pig Ursula Dubosarsky , 1994 single work novel
Ten Little Australians for Middle-Aged Children Heather Scutter , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Women's Book Review , November vol. 7 no. 3-4 1995; (p. 10-11)

— Review of Foxspell Gillian Rubinstein , 1994 single work novel ; The White Guinea-Pig Ursula Dubosarsky , 1994 single work novel ; Somewhere Around the Corner Jackie French , 1994 single work children's fiction ; Jake and Pete Gillian Rubinstein , 1995 single work children's fiction ; Way Home Libby Hathorn , 1994 single work picture book ; Featherbys Mary Steele , 1993 single work novel ; A Bit of a Hitch Mary Steele , 1995 selected work children's fiction ; The Magic Caravan Paty Marshall-Stace , 1995 single work children's fiction ; Ark in the Park Wendy Orr , 1994 single work children's fiction ; Power and Glory Emily Rodda , 1994 single work picture book ; The White Guinea-Pig Ursula Dubosarsky , 1994 single work novel
Who Says Picture Books are Just for Kids? Frances Kelly , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 7-8 January 1995; (p. 5)

— Review of The Watertower Gary Crew , 1994 single work picture book ; Power and Glory Emily Rodda , 1994 single work picture book
Untitled Christine Donnelly , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , August vol. 39 no. 3 1995; (p. 20)

— Review of Power and Glory Emily Rodda , 1994 single work picture book
Children's Book Council of Australia Annual Awards 1995 : Judges' Report 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , August vol. 39 no. 3 1995; (p. 2-10)
Metafictional Play in Children's Fiction Ann L. Grieve , 1998 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , December vol. 8 no. 3 1998; (p. 5-15)

Grieve examines the role of metafiction in children's literature and its reliance on reader participation and interaction, by looking at textual strategies that construct the 'game' as text or fiction. These strategies include structuring the narrative around the rules of an actual game, constructing either the physical book or the text as a game, and/or representing characters as 'players in a game' (5). The discussion is a response to critics who question the value of child-focused metafictional texts and of narrative techniques that demystify fictional illusions (such as multiple narrative endings, unreliable narrators and characters, linguistic play, and the reworking of established literary codes and conventions through parody and intertextuality).

Grieve explores a number of texts based on the 'interrogative or metafictional play' and self-reflexivity the narratives offer, which, she argues, 'makes the reader aware of the interplay between reality and illusion' (6). As well as novels from the UK and the USA, Grieves discusses a number of Australian texts: Power and Glory (Emily Rodda and Geoff Kelly), Beyond the Labyrinth (Gillian Rubinstein), Inventing Anthony West (Gary Crew), and The Water Tower (Gary Crew and Steven Woolman).

Metafiction challenges the dominant humanist literary tradition, which posits 'stable, knowable texts' (5), by 'problematizing mimetic illusion' and questioning the 'nature and existence of reality, the creation of literary universes and the nature of human artefacts' (13). This is the value of metafictive narratives for children that Grieve elucidates and ultimately supports.

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