Governor General Illustration Award

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In addition to Kenneth Oppel winning a Governor General award for his novel Airborn (see entry for 16 November), Stephane Jorisch has been awarded his third Governor General illustration award (he has won previously in 1993 and 1999) for Jabberwocky (Kids Can Press):

Andrea Deakin writes:

Stephane Jorisch's rendering of Jabberwocky is not for young children, there are other editions more suitable for them. This is a version for secondary students or students at college or university, not little ones. That stated, it is a challenging and gripping exercise for the imagination. Limbless ex-soldiers stand before rows of television sets on which an officer is backed by a text,"Beware the Jabberwock". An old soldier sends his son, a dress designer, off to tackle this enemy. When his son returns victorious "Callooh! Callay!" is cried out from a hospital bed where the old man lies dying; and the whole ends with the old soldier's funeral. Alice found the poem hard to understand, she would certainly have had trouble with this version. This is an interpretation that contains clues only truly accessible to those who have lived a little and are cognizant of repressive invasive societies and war. The illustrations explore war, the freedom to do as you wish, the right to be creative in a militarized world. The overwhelming presence of television comments on the influence of the media and the power of this influence in the wrong hands. Ink drawings, splashes of sombre shades of colour challenge the reader to see and then to see again. Powerful, dramatic, an outstanding interpretation, Jorisch's visual narrative is for an older, more sophisticated audience.

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