Just a reminder that the winner of this note worthy award is announced tonight. The winner will be posted on the website www.waterstones.com and you can also follow @Waterstones on twitter where the results will be up almost immediately.
My colleague John Cook was a speaker at the event for the prize championing his favourite book explaining why he thinks it should win. I had a proud moment watching him on Youtube! You can watch all the children’s booksellers in this short video which sums up all the books up for the award http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xQPsSiwwwY
I trust John completely on his knowledge of books so I will support the supporter by mentioning John’s recommendation ‘The Seven Sorcerer’s by Caro King ISBN: 9781849161558
You can watch for yourself why John feels so passionately about this book. Indeed, the book has received fantastic reviewers from other bookseller, book groups and critics. On a brief personal note, the thing that draws me to this book on its own merit is the fairytale premise, making the fairy tale accessible and tangible to children. So far from the Grimm’s and yet reminiscent of the gruesome tales.
This is the first book by acclaimed Caro King but he has another book of a similar nature out in April, hardback and I think I can be so bold as to assume it will do just as well.
But why should we take note of this ‘Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize’? Well, first and foremost these booksellers and experience and they are impartial. They are not using fancy, evocative words chosen by the publisher to attract the attention of the gullible public. We can trust them to give us great scope on the books available to us this year. And in a time when Twilight is ACTUALLY going to take over the world, I think we should welcome prizes like this with open arms and open eyes.
Books saw the worst sales than any other product in January and it is up to us to keep the young eyes reading and interested and this prize goes a little way in doing so. Remember, the winner is announced tonight. I think all the books are worthy of our attention.