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The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal Shortlist for 2008
BROWNE SILLY BILLY
Walker Books (Age range: 5+)
Billy is a bit of a worrier. He worries so much, he can’t
sleep. Luckily Grandma knows just what he needs to help him overcome
his fears. And once Billy learns Grandma’s secret, he finds
he never has to worry again.
This is a very clever, very subtle book, fantastically detailed
and with some wonderfully weird touches. The layout is beautifully
balanced, with lovely strong blocks of colour. Though the narrative
is quite static, the images are full of movement, and the skilful
framing, reminiscent of a photo album invites you in to take a look.
Walker Books (Age range: 3+)
Ben tries very hard to get his new Penguin to talk to him. He pulls
faces, sings songs and does dizzy dances. Penguin says nothing.
Ben tries ignoring him, making fun of him, and even fires him up
in a rocket. But still Penguin says nothing. Only when a hungry
lion comes along does Penguin reveal his true feelings.
This book makes a big impression with its clean, confident
style. The penguin’s body language is wonderful, and the child
is also beautifully drawn without being in any way twee, or sentimental.
Dunbar is not afraid of using lots of colour, but neither is she
scared of white space: giving each page real visual impact, and
making you want to interact with the story. All in all, a book to
make you happy.
GRAVETT LITTLE MOUSE’S BIG BOOK OF FEARS
Macmillan (Age range: 6+)
Little Mouse is afraid of almost everything. We learn about all
his phobias, from his fear of creepy crawlies to his fear of clocks,
dogs, cats and shadows. The only thing that makes him feel better
is that human beings actually seem to be afraid of him!
This is a clever, funny and innovative book which is also extremely
warm and emotionally engaging for the reader. It’s a book
you can explore and spend ages over. The attention to detail is
quite astonishing: every part of the book is used, and the production
values are fantastic. It works on every single level. A publishing
tour de force.
GRAVETT MONKEY AND ME
Macmillan (Age range: 0+)
A little girl and her toy monkey play at being animals. They have
great fun pretending to be penguins, kangaroos, bats, elephants
and monkeys, before heading tiredly home for tea.
A simple and highly effective, but also rather elegant book, both
in format and design.
Everything combines to give a great sense of movement: from
the font and the placing of the text, to the way the beautifully
drawn limbs of the child and her toy make lovely shapes on the page.
The eye is drawn right in, so that you feel you are being invited
to join in the game. A book that is quite conventional in feel,
but also highly original.
RAY (Text by Carol Ann Duffy) THE LOST HAPPY ENDINGS
Bloomsbury (Age range: 9+)
If it were not for Jub there would be no happy endings, none at
all. But one night, on her way to make sure that every story told
in the world ends well, she is caught by a wicked witch who steals
all her happy endings. Jub must use all her ingenuity to rescue
the stories from disaster.
A beautiful and decorative book by a wonderful colourist, with
a lovely use of gold, and of light and dark, which make the shadows
and night scenes extremely effective. The powerful illustrations
really elevate the text. It’s also a courageous portrayal
of evil: Ray does not draw back from making the witch a very sinister
presence in the story. A book that reveals more every time you go
back to it.
RIDDELL OTTOLINE AND THE YELLOW CAT
Macmillan (Age range: 7+)
A string of daring burglaries has taken place in Big City and precious
lapdogs are disappearing all over town. Something must be done.
Meet Ottoline Brown and her best friend Mr Munroe. No puzzle is
ever too tricky for the two of them to solve.
A book which combines superb draughtsmanship with a lovely
selective use of colour and a beautiful cover design. There is so
much synergy between the text and illustrations; they complement
each other perfectly, drawing the reader in. The detail is such
that every time you look at this innovative book, you see something
Puffin (Age range: 0+)
Two monkeys. One banana. A recipe for trouble, until someone remembers
the magic word. Do you know what it is?
A bold and deceptively simple book which uses colour to great
dramatic effect. Its fantastic use of space provides a masterclass
in how not to clutter the page to get a result, whilst the minimal
text does the job of telling the story perfectly. Pure colour, pure