Full List of Winners
The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal Shortlist for 2015
Judges’ comments are listed in italics
Please note: The "age range" listed below is intended as a guide
only, as determined by the 2015 judging panel.
Laura (illustrator) Davies, Nicola (text)
9781406337280 (hardback) 9781406355598 (paperback)
a mean street in a mean city, a young thief tries to snatch an old
woman's bag. But she can't have it without giving something in
return: The Promise. She finds herself with a bag of acorns, and
promises to plant them all. Thus begins a journey that will change
the city forever, in a story that will touch the heart and
imagination of every reader, young and old.
beautiful and distinctive illustrations effortlessly reflect this
simple story of transformation through use of colours and shades.
Bleak cityscapes in grey perfectly capture the sombre, claustrophobic
and harsh urban reality. Then a quick flash of colour, and a touch of
light appears, slowly replacing the bleak monochromatic world with
vibrant colours. This book is filled with imaginative techniques,
from the way that Carlin's soft palette creates atmosphere, to her
sense of scale and perspective. Beautiful, unique and very uplifting.
Deacon (illustrator) Russell Hoban (text)
touching story about a boy in hospital, who dreams wild and
extraordinary dreams as he faces a life-saving operation. Jim is in
hospital. He's frightened. What if the doctors send him somewhere
that he can't find his way back from? Nurse Bami tells Jim that he
must go to his "good place" and there, his "finder"
will come looking for him. Everyone has a finder. And so, deep in
Jim's dreams, he finds his: a lion.
Deacon's extraordinary and striking illustrations combine perfectly
with Russell Hoban's classic text to create a stunning and powerful
book. With a muted palette and impressive graphic imagery and
symbolism, the reader is taken on a journey through dream sequences
and altered states of consciousness, where the sense of blood, pain,
strength and faith are all too real. The illustrations alone make for
an uncomfortable yet unforgettably moving read.
Eye Books (10+)
ISBN: 9781909263109 (hardback)
the last days of the Heroic Age of Exploration, Ernest Shackleton
dreamed of crossing the frozen heart of Antarctica, a place of
ferocious seas, uncharted mountains and bone-chilling cold. But when
his ship, the Endurance, became trapped in the deadly grip of the
ice, Shackleton's dreams of crossing Antarctica were shattered.
Stranded in a cold, white world, and thousands of miles from home,
the men of the expedition set out on a desperate trek across the ice
in search of rescue.
beautiful non-fiction book seems to effortlessly bring a modern and
fresh feel to the story of Ernest Shackleton, whilst remaining
traditional and classic. The use of stark white space expertly
conveys a sense of isolation. The detailed small illustrations
wonderfully bring to life the intricacies of life during the journey,
whilst the breath-taking larger illustrations provide a strong sense
of scale and highlight the enormity of the natural world. This is an
exciting, quality book which provides a true experience and reminds
us that it is the people, not the journey, that truly matter.
John & Olivent, Marc (illustrators) Sedgwick, Marcus &
Sedgwick, Julian (text)
in a near-future Britain, Dark
tracks a young woman's journey from the flooded landmarks of London
to the vast, scorched and abandoned hills of the North. Framed for a
murder she did not commit, fearless and resourceful loner Christy has
no other choice but to run for her life.
graphic novel format epitomises the total synergy between text and
images. The dark and very oppressive black and white illustrations
are a perfect match for the sombre story line and subject matter.
They pick up the symbolism from the text through beautiful imagery,
incredible use of light and excellent framing and perspective.
Visions of post-apocalyptic London and of a scorched desert in the
north of England are powerful and discomforting. The result is a
modern and dynamic book, which maintains a consistent high quality
ISBN: 9780230742505 (hardback)
smells quite like Louie. This pongy pooch has his own particular
odour and it is definitely NOTHING like roses and apple blossom.
After he's forced to have a bath, Louie is determined to recreate
his Special Smell so he sets off on a mission - what will he find?
An old boot that smells like mouldy cheese? Some stinky bins? None of
them are quite right … but what will happen if they are all mixed
vibrant picture book perfectly captures the energy and movement of a
mischievous dog in search of the best (or worst) smells. The sense of
hideous smell is visually conveyed beautifully, creating a wonderful
synergy between the humorous text and illustrations. Impressive use
of layout creates a visual treat on every page. This is a fun,
expressive book that will delight readers of all ages.
Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse
Ada Goth. She lives in Ghastly-Gorm Hall with her father, Lord Goth,
lots of servants and at least half a dozen ghosts, but she hasn't
got any friends to explore her enormous, creepy house with. Then, one
night, everything changes when Ada meets a ghostly mouse called
Ishmael. Together they set out to solve the mystery of the strange
happenings at Ghastly-Gorm Hall, and get a lot more than they
Riddell's characteristic and detailed line drawings combine
wonderfully with the witty text to create the original and
imaginative world inhabited by Ada Goth. The book is beautifully
produced and a visual experience from the start, from the silver
skulls on the vintage style endpapers, to the delightful vignettes
showing many of the strange characters that appear in the story.
Every tiny detail, consistent throughout, enhances as well as depicts
the text and the delight of this book would be lost without them.
Roberts (illustrator) Sally Gardner (text)
ISBN: 9781780621494 (hardback)
in battle, Otto Hundebiss defies Death and finds himself on a journey
to a realm of dark magic and mystery. He meets Safire, brave of heart
and pure of spirit, and learns the powers of the tinderbox and the
secret of the wolves.
stunning and distinctive illustrations
further amplify the full horror and
sinister atmosphere of the terrors faced by Otto Hundebiss.
The tale is often violent and the illustrations
do not shy away from this. Monochrome with splashes of blood red,
this is a tale dripping in the blood of the battlefield from the
blood red of the cover typography to the endpapers. Exquisitely
detailed attention to the costume of the stylised people perfectly
captures the medieval feel and sense of other worldliness.
Clever use of perspective and space
within the page creates depth and alludes to the overwhelming size of
Rules of Summer Lothian Publishing (8+)
ISBN: 9780734410672 (hardback)
humour and surreal fantasy, Shaun Tan pictures a summer in the lives
of two boys. Each spread tells of an event and the lesson learned. By
turns, these events become darker and more sinister as the boys push
their games further and further.
page is a discovery in this breath-taking, character-driven story
charting two boys' relationship and their adventures. This
perfectly conveys that time of childhood where imagination becomes
reality and the mundane is transformed into wondrous landscapes where
anything is possible. The surreal, beautifully textured paintings
convey so much emotion and a real sense of claustrophobic menace
Depressing dystopian images vie with
steam-punk to saturate every page of this book, but coalesce into
something far happier in the final resolution.