CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2018 shortlist available to borrow from Wokingham Borough Libraries
The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal was established in 1955, for distinguished illustration in a book for children. It is named after the popular and highly influential nineteenth century artist known for her fine children’s illustrations and designs. Awarded annually, the Medal is the only prize in the UK to solely reward outstanding illustration in a children’s book.
Winner will be announced on Monday June 18, 2018 at The British Library, London.
CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2018 shortlist
King of the Sky by Nicola Davies and Laura Carlin
Starting a new life in a new country, a young boy feels lost and alone – until he meets an old man who keeps racing pigeons. Together they pin their hopes on a race across Europe and the special bird they believe can win it: King of the Sky.
A powerful eloquent story is evocatively brought to life by the soft smoky images of the mining community and the use of childlike capitalisation of the text cleverly reflects the narrative voice. The landscape of pit head chimneys, the surrounding hills and the pigeons in flight are hauntingly beautiful and contrast with the images of Rome and the memories of war. The Lowry-esque figures are poignant, characterful and full of emotion, fully capturing the sensitive power of this migration story.
Night Shift by Debi Gliori
A unique visual exploration of depression and anxiety and how these conditions can isolate sufferers of all ages. Night Shift offers insight, hope and a release from stigma.
This small book is a visual jewel. Its silvery, feathered endpapers frame a beautifully- illustrated narrative which offers respite from the inexorable cycle of depressive illness. Dragons are used throughout to represent depression: they suppress language, lay indiscriminate waste and cannot be outrun. Gliori’s command of technical execution is balanced on each page by subtlety, warmth and hope. Largely monochrome drawings flare into a dragon’s breath of fierce colour, but the abiding image is the feather of hope, ‘neither black, nor all white’.
A First Book of Animals by Nicola Davies and Petr Horáček
A spellbinding treasury of poems about the animal world, illustrated in breath-taking detail. With polar bears playing on the ice, tigers hunting in the jungle, fireflies twinkling in the evening sky and nightingales singing in the heart of the woods – there are animals everywhere. A First Book of Animals takes you all over the planet to visit all kinds of different creatures. This book is a glorious celebration of life in the wild in all its variety and splendour.
These extraordinarily wide-reaching illustrations capture the wonder of the flora and fauna of Earth the world over. This book embraces and encapsulates the awe-inspiring base of the natural world with a range of artistic techniques, use of mixed media an accomplished use of scale. Double page spreads allow the poetic text to dance across the page whilst jewel-like colours and textured collages express the remarkable diversity of the natural world on a grand scale. Clever layouts and designs, with the occasional nod to works of natural history from yesteryear, make this a book which works on several levels. This is a visually arresting book that provides new experiences and exciting learning opportunities.
The Song from Somewhere Else by A F Harrold and Levi Pinfold
An atmospheric, quirky novel about two loners who become unlikely friends during one very strange summer holiday. Frank doesn’t know how to feel when Nick Underbridge rescues her from bullies one afternoon. No one likes Nick. But there’s more to Nick, and to his house, than meets the eye, and soon Frank realises she isn’t the only one keeping secrets. Or the only one who needs help …A poignant, darkly comic and deeply moving story from acclaimed poet A.F. Harrold about the power of the extraordinary, and finding friendship where you least expect it.
Pinfold’s swirling, smoky illustrations and limited use of palette add an unsettling layer of mystery and intrigue to this surreal adventure story about two young misfits. The sepia-tinted dust jacket with silver foil detail, and green nettle end papers, lead the reader into a dusty, small town where Frank and Nick strike up an unusual friendship. From our first sight of hulking Nick, to the small, detailed drawings which head each chapter Pinfold creates a very strong synergy, text and illustrations superbly marry together to create a sinister feel: a visual feast which offers a tantalising glimpse into another world…the magical world of trolls and ancient melodies which lives beyond Nick’s cellar.
Town is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz and Sydney Smith
This beautifully understated and haunting story brings a piece of mining history to life. A young boy spends an idyllic summer day in his small hometown – he heads to the playground with his friends, has lunch and goes to the shops for his mother. In the afternoon he visits his grandfather’s grave and remembers; but his thoughts continually return to his father, hard at work digging for coal under the sea…
“It goes like this…” Smith’s stunning illustrations bring to life a bygone era and what it would have been like in a Cape Breton mining town in the 1950’s. Broad, black lines, washes of colour and subtle use of shadow create a sense of movement. The oppressive darkness of the mines is contrasted with the vastness of the light-dappled sea and the calm of the bay where the boy tends his grandfather’s grave. Extensive use of double-paged spreads enhances this, while the use of smaller panels in the domestic scenes creates a sense of warmth, intimacy and anticipation of the father’s safe return. The closeness of family life and the beauty and power of the Nova Scotia landscape are vividly rendered on each page, enhancing Schwartz’s narrative. Contrasting darkness and confined space with freedom and light above ground, these pictures linger in the mind.
Thornhill by Pam Smy
Orphaned Mary lives at Thornhill, Institute for Children where she is cruelly bullied by the other girls. Ella is irresistibly drawn to the big old house that she can see from her bedroom window. Surrounded by overgrown gardens, barbed wire fences and ‘keep out’ signs, it looks derelict. But when Ella spots Mary in the grounds a powerful friendship develops between the two lonely girls. This chilling story of the need to belong and a desire for revenge is cleverly told through the combination of Mary’s diary entries and full page monochrome illustrations.
Adept use of illustration drives the narrative in this remarkable piece of pictorial storytelling. The illustrations have a cinematic quality that integrates perfectly with the text, creating a powerful, atmospheric novel. The strong black and white sequential illustrations skilfully emphasise the darkness of the story, creating a sense of menace, loneliness and despair. Bold, harsh lines set the scene and the pictures are able to tell the story without the use of text in many places. Dark and heavy production values provide an innovative and fully immersive reading experience that oozes suspense from the very start.
Under the Same Sky by Britta Teckentrup
Animals of land, sea and sky, from around the globe, come together in this illustrated treat which celebrates the closeness of the world’s communities through their shared hopes and dreams.
The illustrator creates a simple, flowing narrative through her effective use of die cuts, clever composition and carefully considered colour palette, which is framed by the same mountain-top landscape on the textured board cover and elegant evergreen endpapers. We are taken on a voyage of discovery around the world; to rooftops, savannahs, meadows, oceans, forests and rivers. There is a natural rhythm and effective transition between each spread, and the animals and their young are rendered in Teckentrup’s distinctive style and given depth and perspective with a very clever use of texture and layering.
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