THE GREENAWAY OF GREENAWAYS: THE 10 BOOKS IN CONTENTION
The year in which… the first test tube baby was born in Oldham…John Paul II became Pope…Grange Hill began on the BBC…the Winter of Discontent strikes paralysed Britain…the Bee Gees sang “Night Fever”
“Each Peach Pear Plum, I spy Tom Thumb…”. This wonder-filled book invites the very youngest readers to play “I spy” as they hunt for familiar characters from nursery rhymes and fairy stories. Janet Ahlberg’s illustrations are colourful, appealing and completely timeless, making this a modern classic that will last for generations.
The year in which… Burgess and Maclean emerged as KGB spies...John Osborne’s “Look Back in Anger” was first staged…the Suez Crisis took place…Elvis Presley became an international star with “Love Me Tender”
Tim arrives home after a long holiday to find his parents have vanished. He is determined to search the whole wide world, if necessary, to find them. Many people offer to help Tim, but sometimes their help is the last thing he needs! This classic picture book has enthralled generations of children. Edward Ardizzone, with his supremely skilful line drawings, is one of the fathers of children’s illustration: so many other illustrators who came after him show his influence.
The year in which… Ronald Reagan became President of the USA…Iraq invaded Iran…John Lennon was murdered…”Dallas” asked us ‘who shot JR’?...Bjorn Borg won his fifth consecutive Wimbledon men’s singles title…The Jam sang “Going Underground”
Mr Magnolia has many things including an old trumpet that goes rooty-toot, some very fat owls that are learning to hoot, a big purple dinosaur who's a magnificent brute, two sisters who play on a flute, and a swimming pool. But, he only has one boot. Then one day a mysterious parcel arrives. One of Quentin Blake’s best-loved books, its zany illustrations, rhyming text and compelling story make it perfect both for reading aloud and for children just starting to read for themselves.
The year in which…Britain joined the EEC…the USA pulled out of Vietnam…glam rock was the style of the year…The Wombles of Wimbledon Common arrived on TV…Roberta Flack sang “Killing Me Softly”.
This much loved seasonal classic starring Raymond Briggs’ grumpy, irreverent comic book Father Christmas was a revelation in its style and humour, and completely revolutionised the picture book format. The award of the Kate Greenaway Medal was early recognition of this book’s seminal status, and Raymond Briggs has gone on to influence countless other illustrators.
The year in which... the first video game system went on sale…Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was re-elected by a landslide…Breakfast TV began…the first £1 coin went into circulation…Prince sang “1999”
The endearing story of a lonely girl whose father never has time for her, and the soft toy gorilla who comes to friendly life and takes the little girl on an amazing night out for a birthday treat. This is a picture book of great imaginative power and real impact. Poignant and memorable, it has enthralled generations of children with its visual jokes.
The year in which…JK Kennedy was assassinated…new universities opened and students received state support…the Profumo Affair and the Great Train Robbery took place…Kenya gained independence…Cliff Richard sang “Summer Holiday”
Poor Borka has no feathers and so is left behind when the other geese fly away for the winter. Borka sets off to follow them but after a long and eventful journey she finds a new home with the geese in Kew Gardens. This innovative book which has a wonderful retro, period feel today, was a breakthrough work on publication in terms of its sheer artistic quality.
The year in which… Britain celebrated the new Millennium…global stock markets tumbled as ‘dotcom bubble’ burst…Bob the Builder sang “Can We Fix It?”
Charlie's sister Lola is a very fussy eater. She will not eat peas, carrots, potatoes, or mushrooms along with most other foods too. When Charlie is left in charge of Lola at dinner time, he tricks her into eating by pretending that carrots are actually 'orange twiglets from Jupiter' and tomatoes are really “moonsquirters”, and before she realises it, Lola has eaten all her food! Lauren Child has a real insight into how a child's mind works. She can take a classic picture book theme and give it a completely fresh, modern edge. Her deceptively simple style speaks volumes to today's visually literate children.
The year in which…the Queen celebrated her Silver Jubilee…Elvis Presley was found dead…the films “Star Wars” and “Saturday Night Fever were released…Red Rum won the Grand National for a record third time…Abba sang “Dancing Queen”.
When Dave loses his favourite toy Dogger, he is desolate. But when Dogger turns up at the local garden fête everything looks rosy again – until someone else buys him before Dave can get the money! Luckily his sister Bella’s prize-winning talents mean she can save the day. With its evocative, heart-warming pictures and instinctive understanding of those ordinary events which have monumental importance for children, this book has long been regarded with great affection as a classic which should reside on every child’s bookshelf.
The year in which…Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer…racial tensions sparked riots in Brixton and elsewhere…the US space shuttle made its maiden flight…The Human League sang “Don’t You Want Me”.
A reprint of Alfred Noyes’ thrilling and evocative 1913 poem about a highwayman and his doomed love for Bess, the landlord’s black-eyed daughter, accompanied by astonishing and ethereal black and white illustrations by Charles Keeping. Keeping’s drawings pulsate with energy as the action rolls but his fine line also conveys an extraordinary sense of texture as it lingers softly on the hair of Bess for example. A virtuoso creation by one of the greats of children’s illustration.
The year in which… Putin took over Russian presidency from Yeltsin… Gunter Grass won the Nobel Prize for Literature… First elections to the Scottish Parliament & Welsh Assembly…Britney Spears released her debut album 'Baby one more time'…
More abundantly illustrated than other versions, Helen Oxenbury’s Alice is packed with contemporary interpretations of the familiar kaleidoscope of characters. Alice herself is portrayed as a thoroughly modern miss; casually dressed, personable, and spirited, and her surroundings are brought to effervescent life with a warmth, depth and distinctive sense of humour that perfectly complements the shenanigans of the topsy-turvy world of Wonderland.
20 April 2007