Red House Children's Book Award 2012

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Red House Children's Book Award 2012

The winner of the 2012 Red House Children's Book Award is Patrick Ness, together with the illustrator Jim Kay, for A Monster Calls, their reworking of an idea sown by the late Siobhan Dowd.

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Just like the BAFTAs, every award worth its salt needs a jovial compere...


Michael Morpurgo, 2011's winner, making a stagey entrance, giving the proceedings some essential gravitas


Here he is explaining that for an author a book is like a baby, nine months or more in gestation, and painful to release...


Chris Wormell, winner of the Younger Children category for Scruffy Bear and the Six White Mice, was asked to show the audience how he reacted to the email telling him he had been shortlisted.... Dare I say this is not something future shortlisted author/illustrators are going to look forward to having to do? ;)

One thing that, on reflection, was absent from the two-hour award ceremony (and that was always a key feature when the event was held at Kensington Roof Gardens) was any satisfying evocation of what each of the books was like and/or about. This used to be achieved via readings from the children's reviews, but in such a plush venue as the Queen Elizabeth Hall could probably be better done by videoclips on the backscreen. It is doubtful whether any of the adults or children attending on paid tickets had read all of the books, and will have gone away from the event with no clear idea of what the books were about, and therefore little inducement to go out and read them.

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