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May 2009 Archives
Like Raymond Briggs's The Snowman, or Sendak's In the Night Kitchen, Burningham's latest picture book is a celebration of the kind of extended dream-adventure that a child can half-fear, half-love and never forget. Above all, such adventures are a celebration of the best kind of childhood, one imbued with confidence, imagination, humour, friendship and kindness - qualities displayed by their author. AMANDA CRAIG
Breathing Underwater by Julia Green, reviewed by Mary Hoffman
At first, this novel looks like a summer romance, with its cover of a sandy beach and the back view of a girl walking towards the water. And then there's that dreadful little shiny red heart over the "I" in the title. But we soon find out that Freya is really not the sort of girl who would dot her Is with a heart... MARY HOFFMAN
...a group of 7 to 14 year old Roma in East London are showing you don't need expensive digital cameras to produce professional photographs.
Working with Akademia Pstryk and The Children Society this group of talented young people are using pinhole photography to produce a picture book that will teach people about their culture. 1,500 copies of the book will be given away at public events, and it will also be available to download online...
Roman Mysteries author blogs about her visit to the Hay festival
No embed code unfortunately, so click the link...
Genesis by Bernard Beckett (Quercus, £10.99)
The Silver Blade by Sally Gardner (Orion, £9.99)
Nation by Terry Pratchett (Doubleday, £16.99)
Then by Morris Gleitzman (Puffin, £5.99)
Rowan the Strange by Julie Hearn (Oxford, £10.99)
Exposure by Mal Peet (Walker Books, £7.99)
Solace of the Road by Siobhan Dowd (David Fickling Books, £10.99)
Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick (Orion, £9.99)
Canada has given the world a growing number of great adult novelists, from Margaret Atwood to Robertson Davies, but until recently no children's authors. Kenneth Oppel, the boyish-looking man sitting opposite me in a London café, is the first. His Silverwing trilogy about a heroic bat, Shade, and how he saves his colony from the clutches of an evil vampire, must be one of the most eccentric and original hero tales yet, selling more than a million copies in America. Now the eagerly awaited third novel for 11+ involving the heroic Matt Cruse and his sweetheart, Kate, is about to be published in Starclimber...
Oppel the first great Canadian children's novelist??
Anyone care to challenge?
The author of this list originally missed out Philip Pullman and had to add him as en eleventh, in response to reader messages...
This rich, suspenseful and moving tale combines lyricism with pace, and the ending of each section is a surprise, a cliffhanger, or a flourish that will inspire admiration. NICOLETTE JONES
During the approximately 10 years I was literary editor of the Observer, there was just one book published that you could confidently predict would be read and admired by readers of all ages 100 years hence. From its first review in these pages in 1999, The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, moved effortlessly from contemporary cult to modern classic status. The verse fable of the brave, clever little mouse who ventures "a stroll in a deep, dark wood" and meets that fearsome fantasy creature, the Gruffalo, has the symmetry and simplicity of the perfect story.
The Gruffalo, currently the subject of many 10th birthday celebrations and a forthcoming movie, is based on a Chinese folk tale but its word-of-mouth success speaks to the great tradition of British storytelling for children, a tradition that flourishes today as vigorously as ever...
Mal peet reviews Malice by Chris Wooding
,,,,it's very hard for an illustrator (in this case, Dan Chernett) to depict huge, monstrous events in a series of black-and-white panels squeezed on to a page the size of an ordinary paperback. It's unfortunate, though, that some of Wooding's grisly imaginings become merely silly in the drawings. Ironically (or perhaps encouragingly) the prose is more visual than the pictures. But these are an old man's quibbles. Young teenagers, for whom the book is intended and who are more attuned to the conventions of the games console, are far more likely to be swept along by Wooding's restless, relentless imagination. And to wait impatiently for the next volume.
Jonathan Ross's first choice of book for his informal Twitter book club is
The Men Who Stare At Goats by Jon Ronson
Current sales rank 9000++, so will be interesting to see if Ross's many Twitter followers have any impact on this.
Given Ross's own personal tastes, the chances are the club choices will eventually include graphic novels, if not children's or young adult books.
Will keep you posted.
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Frances Lincoln celebrated publication of Brother William's Year by Jan Pancheri in St. Catherine's Chapel Garden, Westminster Abbey...
[More photos from the event to follow]
Michael Morpurgo, Julia Donaldson and Caroline Lawrence are among the five children's authors set to record interactive audiobooks as part of the children's series of events, Hay Fever, at Hay Festival.
CANADIAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION:
Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrators Award
Mattland Illustrated by Dusan Petricic, author: Hazel Hutchins and Gail Herbert (Annick Press)
Thing Thing Illustrated Nicolas Debon, author Carl Fagan (Tundra Books)
Jenneli's Dance Illustrated Chris Auchter, author Elizabeth Denny : Theytus Books
Book of the Year for Children Award
Anne Laurel Carter - The Shepherd's Grandaughter (Groundwood Books)
Alma Fullerton - Libertad (Fitzhenry and Whiteside)
Kenneth Oppel Starclimber (HarperCollins)
Young Adult Canadian Book Award
Allan Stratton Chandra's Wars (HarperCollins)
Marthe Jocelyn Would You (Random House)
Melanie Little The Apprentice's Masterpiece (Annick Press)
2009 Arthur Ellis Awards ( for crime fiction)
Vicki Grant Res Judicata (Orca Publishing)
Susan Juby Getting the Girl (Harper Trophy Canada)
Elizabeth MacLeod Royal Murder ( Annick Press)
Nora McClintock Dead Silence (Scholastic)
Sharon McKay War Brothers (Penguin Group Canada)
information provided by Andrea Deakin
Still trying to find links to the The Times reviews from this weekend:
Saturday: Amanda Craig on Dido by Adele Geras
Sunday: Nicolette Jones on Rowan the Strange by Julie Hearn
The Times is completely and maddeningly erratic with its book review links. Most of the time it doesn't see fit to include the children's books links on its own site, even though the direct urls exist and can usually be found by googling phrases from the print review. This week they are proving very evasive.
If anyone finds them, let me know!
2009 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards
Robert Munsch, illustrated Michael Martchenko - Just One Goal! (Scholastic)
Charles Pachter - M is for Moose (Cormorant Books)
Melanie Watt - Chester's Back (Kids Can Press)
Kathie Stinson, illustrated Deirdre Betteridge - A Pocket can have a Treasure in it (Annick Press)
Linda Bailey, Illustrated Bill Slavin Stanley at Sea (Kids Can Press)
Young Adult/Middle Reader Category
Kenneth Opel - Starclimber (HarperCollins)
Alma Fullerton - Libertad (Fitzhenry and Whiteside)
Budge Wilson - Before Green Gables (Penguin)
Susin Nielsen - Word Nerd (Tundra Books)
Thomas Wharton - The Shadow of Malabron (Doubleday)
B.C. Book Prize Winners
Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize
Polly Horvath - My One Hundred Adventures (Groundwood Books)
Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize
Katarina Jovanovic, Illustrated Phillipe Beha The King Has Goat Ears (Tradewind Books)
with thanks to Andrea Deakin for the information
Patrick Ness reviews Genesis by Bernard Beckett
Beckett has written a very different young adult novel - assured, cool, almost cold - that will make smart teenagers feel very respected. PATRICK NESS
Speakers include John Agard, Anthony Browne, Emma Chichester Clark, Gabrielle Cliff-Hodges, Jonathan Douglas, Nikki Gamble, Prue Goodwin, Martin Jenkins, Nicolette Jones, Jane Ray, Chris Riddell, Morag Styles and Kate Wilson...
Article claims MG Harris "was the fastest-selling UK debut children's author of 2008", with the first installment of The Josua Files.
Second book - Ice Shock just out.
Amanda Craig reviews Wariors of Ethandun by N. M. Browne:
[N. M. Browne] is part of a grand Celtic storytelling tradition in British children's literature that began with Kipling's Puck of Pook's Hill, continued with T.H.White's The Sword in the Stone and blossomed in Tolkien and Alan Garner. That deep feeling for our landscape is something that needs reawakening. Wrapped up in an adventure that the less contemplative will find irresistible, the conclusion to the Warriors trilogy is both thrilling and superbly imagined. AMNDA CRAIG
S F Said reviews Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan
This may be the most beautiful book you'll see all year. It's an illustrated collection of stories set in the Australian suburbs, about how the fantastic keeps erupting into the most mundane daily lives. Once you've read it, you may find yourself feeling as though an exchange student from another planet has dropped by and left a glowing matchbox garden in your kitchen cupboard.... S F SAID
Recently sent out to subscribers, issue #44 includes an interview with Carnegie shortlisted Keith Gray.
Full details of how to obtain copies on the weblink.
The shortlist for the tenth annual Branford Boase Award is:
· The Traitor Game by B R Collins, edited by Emma Matthewson (Bloomsbury).
· The Toymaker by Jeremy De Quidt, edited by Bella Pearson (David Fickling Books)
· Flood Child by Emily Diamand, edited by Imogen Cooper (published originally as Reavers Ransom by Chicken House)
· Between Two Seas by Marie-Louise Jensen, edited by Liz Cross (OUP)
· Bloodline by Katy Moran, edited by Denise Johnstone-Burt, (Walker Books)
· The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, edited by Denise Johnstone-Burt (Walker Books)
· Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nicholls, edited by Marian Lloyd (Marian Lloyd Books)
The judging panel, chaired by Julia Eccleshare, included Jenny Downham, author of last year's winner, Before I Die, as well as Jane Churchill of the Cheltenham Literary Festival, influential librarian John Dunne and Caroline Horn of Readingzone and the Bookseller.
The Branford Boase Award was set up to reward the most promising new writers, as well as to reward excellence in writing and in publishing.
The winner of the tenth Branford Boase Award will be announced on 9th July 2009 at an award ceremony to be held at Walker Books in London.