Friday, June 27, 2008

Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears Wins Another Award!

For the second time in three years Emily Gravett has won the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for outstanding illustration in a children's book! The book in question is Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears, which was also awarded the 2007 Nestle Children's Book Prize Bronze Medal.
Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears is set up like a journal in which a timid little mouse has recorded all of his fears-from loud noises and the dark, to getting lost (whereamiophobia). The book features a 'nibbled' die cut on the cover, a few (sturdy) flaps, and a great fold out map (The Visitors' Map of the Isle of Fright- which is an island in the shape of a mouse with such features as Mount Apprehension, Drymouth Bay and the town of Little Quiver and Great Wimp). Each time you look at the book you discover another detail in the illustrations.
Gravett is just brilliant, and I've loved each and every one of her books (pictured below). She is able to alternate between simple picture books (Orange, Pear, Apple, Bear, Monkey & Me, The Odd Egg ) and more complex picture books that are packed with innovative and detailed illustrations (Wolves, Meerkat Mail, Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears and the forthcoming Spells).

If you are an Emily Gravett fan, do check out her official website for some fun activities and downloads!

1 comment:

Kevin James Parker said...

What a wonderful list it was for the Greenaway this year. My four youngsters love Emily Gravett -the true test of a children's authors talent.

It will be interesting to see how Here Lies Arthur, winner of the Carnegie (12+> goes with the wider public. My children are a bit too young but I am tempted to buy it and keep it on the shelf for later.

Thanks for you blog. Most enjoyable

Kevin Parker- Publisher