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Last week the CILIP awards for the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals were announced. The winner for the Carnegie Medal is Patrick Ness for ‘Monsters of Men’. The award recognises an author for their oustanding contribution to children’s literature whether this be through style, theme or subject.

Patrick Ness won the award for

“An outstanding novel, involving huge ideas about life, death and love that really challenges the reader to think about big questions. The split narrative works extremely well, the style is highly distinctive, and the main characters are beautifully drawn.”

Patrick Ness is an outstanding author and many children, teenager and adults look to his books as quality reads, addressing big themes in fantastic ways. His craft of writing is incredible and he has a great understanding and association with his characters. His new book, ‘A Monster Calls’ has just been published.

And very well done to Patrick Ness for openly and enthusiastically supporting the importance of our libraries.

The Kate Greenaway medal was awarded to FArTHER illustrated by Grahame Baker-Smith:

“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.”

Like many previous winner, this years winner deals with emotion in a significant way. These picture books often deal with loss and death in a most hauntingly beautiful way and that’s a rare talent. FArTHER is also a magical tale, full of wonder and that element of surprise. A lovely book. A shame though, that the paperback is not available until next spring!

Do take a look at the CILIP website for information on current and previous winners and the history of the medals.


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This weeks Wednesday of Whimsy post features the wonderful Edward Ardizzone’s ‘Tim All Alone’.

What first charmed me about this book is its melancholic nature as poor Tim must travel everywhere and face everyone in order to find his parents who have vanished since his return from holiday.

First published in 1956, Ardizzone won the Kate Greenaway Medal for this book and rightly so. Tim is a champion whom we root for throughout and the evocative illustrations show us just what Tim goes through in order to find his parents.

He meets some people who are helpful and some who just slow down his quest.

I just love this book because in the same fashionof Oliver Jeffers’ ‘Lost and Found’; whilst it’s not quite believable that a young boy can travel all round the world, we still believe it and more importantly, we root for him. The watercolour illustrations are just beautiful and very suited to the time of publication, yet timeless all the same.

Current in print edition ISBN: 9781845075460 Frances Lincoln Children’s Books.

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