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70 Years Celebration

 

The Kate Greenaway Medal
Recent Winners

  2014
This Is Not My Hat illustrated by Jon Klassen published by Walker Books

The format and layout work perfectly to convey the underwater location with the movement of the action flowing with the water from left to right. The colour palette and matte texture is not one which you would normally associate with underwater and yet conveys it beautifully. The juxtaposition of text and image works with perfect comic timing. Amazing expression is conveyed by the eyes and dramatic tension by little bubbles.
     
  2013
Black Dog illustrated by Levi Pinfold published by Templar

A visual treat, full of mood and atmosphere, the beautiful illustrations are full of detail and perfectly in keeping with the story. The use of scale, with the big dog pushing the text off the page, is clever. A timeless, thought-provoking book about facing up to anxiety, fears, and the black dog that visits some of us from time-to-time.
     
  2012
A Monster Calls illustrated by Jim Kay published by Walker Books

Breathtaking, a perfect marriage of text and picture, in which the illustrations capture meaning and emotion completely. There are echoes of Charles Keeping in Kay's atmospheric, energetic inky illustrations. The depiction of light and shade is awe-inspiring and the illustrations extend the impact of the story.
     
  2011
FArTHER illustrated by Grahame Baker-Smith published by Templar

This is a clever picture book with a dream-like quality. It is beautifully designed with a wealth of detail, conveying dark emotions, storms of war and weather, and a powerful sense of loss and bereavement.
     
  2010
Harry & Hopper illustrated by Freya Blackwood published by Scholastic (text by Margaret Wild)

This book really stands out with its excellent use of muted colour, perspective, and exterior and interior space. The result is a powerful take on the father-son relationship, and a much-loved pet's death; an issue that is very well handled, with Harry's emotions and memories of Hopper expressed visually to great effect.
     
  2009
Harris Finds His Feet by Catherine Rayner published by Little Tiger Press

Harris is a triumph from the way he moves and his expressions to his velvety fur and his hands and feet. His relationship with his Grandad is beautifully evoked as are the times of day and the textures of the exquisite landscapes around him.
     
  2008
Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears by Emily Gravett published by Macmillan

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.
     
  2007
The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon by Mini Grey
published by Jonathan Cape

With many nods to 1920s film noir and other cinematic references throughout, this book offers so much to look at and contains great humour. There is real vitality in the drawings and the bold inky lines add drama. Grey gives amazing expression to the dish and the spoon without them having arms or mouths, and conveys beautifully the idea of villainous cutlery! There is so much to look at in this book; you see something new every time you open it.
     
  2005 (awarded in 2006)
Wolves by Emily Gravett published by Macmillan

A real page-turner of a book. The style is spare, but at the same time there is so much in it, and the device whereby the book becomes the book within it is brilliantly employed. The illustrator’s style is totally unique, and the love and attention to detail here is obvious, even down to her having chewed the book herself to get the right effect.
     
  2004 (awarded in 2005)
Jonathan Swift's “Gulliver” by Chris Riddell (Text by Martin Jenkins)

A modern day retelling of the four extraordinary voyages of Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver. Riddell’s grotesque representation of Swift’s wacky worlds results in a perfect synthesis of words and pictures, and 144 pages of exuberant colour and matchless wit. A staggering achievement, beautifully produced. All this, and a memorable Tony Blair caricature too. 
     
  2003 (awarded in 2004)
Ella's Big Chance by Shirley Hughes
published by The Bodley Head

Another inventive retelling of a traditional fairy tale: here Cinderella is transported into the 1920s, where we find talented dressmaker Ella, slaving over her sewing machine, whilst her stepsisters parade the latest fashions in her father's dress shop. Full of vibrant illustrations that leap from every page, Hughes' use of colour and brilliant expressions of body language enhance the text to give a graceful and balanced composition that is a perfect marriage of words and pictures.
     
  2002 (awarded in 2003)
Jethro Byrde - Fairy Child by Bob Graham
published by Walker Books

Annabelle's dad says she'll never find fairies in cement and weeds, but he's about to be proved wrong. Wildly shifting perspectives, superb sense of scale and rainbow colour-washes transform urban landscapes, where fairies can be found in the most unlikely places if only we believe - or know where to look!
     

2001 (awarded in 2002)
Pirate Diary illustrated by Chris Riddell (author Richard Platt),
published by Walker Books

Riddell's meticulously researched illustrations, use of perspective and variety of design capture the different moods and tempos of this tale of pirate life. Every character's face is expressive and the pictures continue and extend the narrative making this book such fun, with a wealth of information and historical detail.

     

2000 (awarded in 2001)
I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child
published by Orchard Books

Child's innovative solution to the problem of fussy eating is mirrored in her equally innovative mixture of photography, collage and drawing. Every element of the design complements the deceptively simple story creating a totally integrated experience. A book with immediate impact.

     
   

1999 (awarded in 2000)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
published by Walker Books

An 'Alice' for the new millennium, this book is a triumph of design and rare quality. Helen Oxenbury perfectly captures the dream-like qualities suggested in Carroll's famous classic. The well-known characters are brilliantly realised with consistency and child appeal. This fresh approach modernises this novel in an original way that will appeal to a new generation of readers.

     
   

1998 (awarded in 1999)
Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper
published by Doubleday

A wonderfully humorous but thoughtful look at sharing - a duck, a squirrel and a cat begin to realise what friendship is all about through a disagreement about pumpkin soup! The interplay between the sumptuous illustrations and the text is stunning. The pictures create a seasonal mood - it's Autumn and time for pumpkins. They draw you into the book, support the storyline, and show the darker side of friendship but always with warmth.

     
   

1997 (awarded in 1998)
When Jessie Came Across the Sea by P J Lynch
published by Walker Books

The book, written by Amy Hest, is set in the late 19th century and tells the story of a 13 year old Jewish girl who leaves the security of life with her beloved grandmother to travel to America P.J. Lynch's emotive paintings convey the intensity of human feeling that run through the story. The carefully observed character studies capture every emotional nuance, and are a perfect match for the universal human themes of the story: separation and sadness, the wonder and difficulty of growing up, respect for age and experience, and life's uplifting moments of intense happiness.

     
    1996 (awarded in 1997)
The Baby Who Wouldn't go to Bed by Helen Cooper
published by Doubleday

The book tells the story of a small and stubborn little boy who is determined to stay up all night. He revs up his car and sets off on a journey into his imagination, each page plunging him into life-size encounters with the toys from his bedroom. Just as he begins to feel lonely and frightened, his mother, who has been searching for him, arrives, and he can settle down to sleep. Helen Cooper has created the ultimate reassuring bedtime picture book. With warm, subtle colours and lyrical text, she beautifully captures the surreal, twilight world of a sleepy child.