Photos of the presentation will follow in a separate post
The shortlist for the 2019 Klaus Flugge Prize was announced live at an event held at Foyles, Charing Cross Road, London earlier this evening (Wednesday 15th May).
Set up to honour publisher Klaus Flugge, founder of Andersen Press and one of the most important and influential figures in children’s picture books, this important award, now in its fourth year, is for the most promising and exciting newcomer to picture book illustration.
From a longlist of twenty picture books by debut illustrators, a panel of judges comprising former Waterstones Children’s Laureate and preeminent illustrator Anthony Browne; Kate Milner, 2018 Klaus Flugge Prize winner; Derek Brazell, of the Association of Illustrators; Seven Stories bookseller Billiejo Carlisle; and Farrah Serroukh, Learning Programme Leader at CLPE (Centre for Literary inPrimary Education), have chosen a shortlist of six.
The shortlist this year is notable for being all female.
The Klaus Flugge Prize 2019 Shortlist
The Extraordinary Gardener – Sam Boughton
Editor Holly Tonks, designer Ness Wood
What the judges said: There’s an exuberance in the artwork; some wonderful spreads and Joe’s urban world is really well done; it has real child appeal
Sam Boughton graduated with a BA in Illustration from Bristol UWE before studying at the Cambridge School of Art where she was awarded a distinction in the MA in Illustration. Shortly after that she won the Ronald Searle Award for Creativity and was Highly Commended for the Macmillan Prize.
Looking After Daddy – Eve Coy
Editor Libby Hamilton, designer Rebecca Garrill
What the judges said: The images tell their own stories; really good interplay between text and illustration; I smiled all the way through
Eve Coy studied at Edinburgh University and became an artist working for Aardman Animation. She gained in MA in children’s illustration at the Cambridge School of Art.
The King Who Banned the Dark – Emily Haworth-Booth
(Pavilion Children’s Books)
Editor Neil Dunnicliffe, designer Lee-May Lim
What the judges said: A great idea and it really makes the most of light and dark; there’s lots of variety in the use of page layout, and lots of surprises; it’s full of energy and humour
Emily Haworth-Booth teaches at the Royal Drawing School in London. Alongside her picture books, Emily is currently working on a long-form graphic memoir for adults. Her short comics have previously appeared in print in the Observer and Vogue.
I Can Fly – Fifi Kuo, editor Leilani Sparrow
Designer David Bennett
What the judges said: A beautiful book; a lovely sense of movement; the story has been done before but she’s transformed it; fantastic drawing skills, every penguin is different
Fifi Kuo trained at the Cambridge School of Art and is Taiwanese. Since graduation she has won Bronze in the Macmillan Prize, been shortlisted for the AOI World Illustration Award and won merit in the iJungle Illustration Awards. She is keen for her picture books to conveya meaningful message.
Julian is a Mermaid – Jessica Love
Editor Tanya Rosie, art director Deirdre McDermott
What the judges said: It reminded me of Sendak, it’s hard to believe it’s a debut; the illustrations say things that words would struggle to express; delivers an important message without feeling didactic
Jessica Love is an author-illustrator and a New York based actor. She has a BA in studio art from the University of California as well as a graduate degree from The Juilliard School for performing arts. Julian is a Mermaid is also shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal.
Red and the City – Marie Voigt
Editor Peter Marley, designer Kate Adams
What the judges said: The characters are simply drawn but have real personality; there’s a European feel to the artwork; a clever, multi-layered retelling of a well-known story
Marie Voigt was born in former East Berlin and holds degrees in Media Technology and Marketing and had a successful career in TV, branding and graphic design before realising that making picture books allows her to combine all her passions.
Other books longlisted for the Prize were:
- The Long Island, Drew Beckmeyer, editor Taylor Norman, designer Kristine Brogno (Chronicle Books)
- Mini Rabbit Not Lost, John Bond, editor Alice Blacker, designer Goldy Broad (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
- The Ink House, Rory Dobner, editor Jo Lightfoot and Katherine Pitt, designer Mariana Sameiro, (Laurence King)
- Cycle City, Alison Farrell, editor Taylor Norman, designer Ryan Hayes (Chronicle Books)
- Erik the Lone Wolf, Sarah Finan, editor Jenny Broom, designer Zoë Tucker (Lincoln Children’s Books)
- Maybe the Moon, Frances Ives, editor Jocelyn Norbury, designer Jack Clucas (LOM Art)
- Say Hi to Hedgehogs, Jane McGuiness, editor Becky Watson, designer Beth Aves (Walker Books)
- You’re Safe with Me, Poonam Mistry, written by Chitra Soundar, editor Alice Curry (Lantana Publishing)
- The Red Dread, Tom Morgan-Jones, editor Emma Hargarve, designer Julie-Ann Murray (Barrington Stoke)
- The Story of Tantrum O’Furrily, Mark Nicholas, written by Cressida Cowell, editor Anne McNeil (Hodder Children’s Books)
- The Buildings that Made London, Josie Shenoy, editor Saskia Gwinn, designer Sophie Gordon (Bloomsbury)
- I Love You Bunny, Alina Surnaite, editor Katie Cotto, designer Mike Jolley and Karissa Santos (Lincoln Children’s Books)
- The Wardrobe Monster, Bryony Thomson, editor Ruth Huddleston, designer Mike Jolley (Old Barn Books)
- The Best Sound in the World, Cindy Wume, editor Katie Cotton, designer Zoë Tucker (Lincoln Children’s Books)