The Klaus Flugge Prize Longlist 2017 + Shortlist Event Announcement


The shortlist for the 2017 Klaus Flugge Prize is to be announced live at a special event at Foyles Charing Cross Road on the evening of Wednesday 17 May. Established in 2016, the Klaus Flugge Prize is awarded to the most promising and exciting newcomer to children’s book illustration. It honours publisher Klaus Flugge, founder of children’s publisher Andersen Press and a supremely influential figure in picture books.

As well as the announcement of the shortlist, the Foyles special event will celebrate the art of the picture book: Professor Martin Salisbury, Course Leader in the MA in Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art, and distinguished illustrators Michael Foreman, Emily Gravett and Mini Grey will discuss what makes great picture book illustration, and how illustrators today use pictures to move, entertain and influence their audience.

The 2017 Klaus Flugge Prize shortlist will be announced by last year’s winner Nicholas John Frith, 2017 judge Tamara Macfarlane and chair of the judges Julia Eccleshare.

Julia Eccleshare says, ‘The Klaus Flugge Prize is all about celebrating picture book illustration and putting exciting new talent in the spotlight. We are delighted to be announcing the shortlist live at this very special Foyles event and to have such a stellar panel of speakers. This will be an unmissable event for all those interested in children’s picture book illustration.’

All of the longlisted illustrators and their editors have been invited to attend.

The event will begin at 6.30pm and conclude at 8.00pm.

This is a ticketed event and tickets cost £8 or £5 for Foyalty members and students. A glass of wine is included in the cost of the ticket. The venue is The Auditorium at Foyles, Level 6, 107 Charing Cross Road.

There are fifteen books on the Klaus Flugge Prize longlist. They are:

The Lonely Giant, Sophie Ambrose (Walker Books), edited by Lizzie Sitton (Walker)
Hannah and Sugar, Kate Berube, edited by Tamar Brazis (Abrams & Chronicle), edited by Tamar Brazis (Abrams)
Baxter’s Book, Hrefna Bragadottir, edited by Louise Bolongaro (Nosy Crow), edited by Louise Bolongaro (Nosy Crow)
World of Information, James Brown, written by Richard Platt, edited by Denise Johnston-Burt (Walker Books)
Animal Surprises, Abbie Cameron, written and edited by Nicola Davies (Graffeg)
Bob the Artist, Marion Deuchars, edited by Elizabeth Jenner (Laurence King Publishing)
The Museum of Me, Emma Lewis, edited by Alice Chasey, (Tate)
Life is Magic, Meg McLaren, edited Libby Hamilton (Andersen Press)
First Snow, Bomi Park, edited by Victoria Rock (Chronicle Book)
Little Mouse’s Big Breakfast, Christine Pym, edited by Louise Bolongaro (Nosy Crow)
Duck Gets a Job, Sonny Ross edited by Alison Ritchie (King’s Road Publishing)
The Journey, Francesca Sanna, edited by Harriet Birkenshaw, (Flying Eye)
Little One, Jo Weaver, edited by Emma Layfield (Hodder Children’s Books)
Hiding Heidi, Fiona Woodcock, edited by Lara Hancock, (Simon and Schuster)
Little Red, Bethan Woollvin, edited by Suzanne Carnell (Two Hoots)

A Story Like The Wind by Gill Lewis ill. Jo Weaver

Published in partnership with Amnesty International this tale of displacement and hope is a moving, lyrical response to the refugee crisis, with unforgettable blue duotoned illustrations by Jo Weaver.

The author tells us the book “began as an idea many years ago when my daughter wanted to learn to play the violin after hearing a local string quartet in a school assembly. She asked a simple question than no one could answer. Who invented the first violin? So at home we tried to find out, and we discovered our answer in an ancient Mongolian folk tale…

I wanted to set the story in modern day, but it was only on seeing the image of a young Syrian refugee playing his violin in front of a barricade of armed police at a border control that I knew how to tell the story.


Storms by Chris Vick


A thrilling and tempestuous novel of love and danger from the author of KOOK. Every storm breaks in the end.
Jake never meant to fall for a girl that night. But plans change and soon Jake and Hannah are together, inseparable. That is, until Hannah gets an opportunity that will take her away, where Jake could never afford to follow. 

Recommended author interview, printed shortly after his first book’s publication.


Ned’s Circus Of Marvels 2: The Gold Thief

Justin Fisher is a title sequence designer for Hollywood movies and commercials. He’s designed for Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, Tim Burton, Joel Schumacher and Brian Singer, for everything from X-Men 2 to Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. This is the second title in this adventure series for 8+. 


Manxmouse by Paul Gallico


The Manxmouse is one of a kind. He has bright blue fur, huge rabbit ears and no tail. What will happen when he meets the Manx Cat? With a Foreword by Michael Bond who says, “By any standards you will find Manxmouse to be a very special character indeed, and the book itself is unputdownable.”


Edge Of Extinction 2: Code Name Flood by Laura Martin

The second title in this dramatic adventure sequence. Sky’s life has changed dramatically since fleeing the underground compound where she grew up. She and her friends are now hunted by dinosaurs and pursued by deadly enemies. A map left by her missing father seems to be the best chance of survival.

Find out more about the author and the series here: