The long lists for the Carnegie and Greenaway award nominations came out last week.
I just thought I'd do a post about it, cos there are a few people I know a bit vaguely through blog land and stuff, and there are a few books there that I'd heard of previously, so I just thought I'd do a quick chat pointing out a few highlights and points of note.
Purely from a very personal perspective of course, but then maybe that angle might be interesting.
Poly Bernatene has two books listed. He's an amazing illustrator, and his book When Night Didn't Come has some great stuff in it. Well worth a look.
Quentin Blake. I do like a bit of Quentin Blake, though he's probably pretty much the only illustrator most people have heard of, and is maybe a bit 'obvious' if you see what I mean. But I'm glad he's still doing stuff that's top quality, which is encouraging, really.
Emma Chichester Clark - a nice new version of Alice In Wonderland. Interesting stuff.
Ross Collins. Another fave of mine. I find his work really satisfying somehow, I'm glad he's on the list.
Emma Dodd does great simple illustrations. Her style is pretty different from mine but I do find it very inspiring
Emily Golden - I chatted to Emily at the London Book Fair, and I believe I'm right in saying that this is her first book, which is v cool. Well done indeed :)
Emily Gravett - I really like Emily's stuff. Apple Pear Orange Bear is stunning, and Mouse's Fears is brill, so I'm glad she's in.
Petr Horacek is a great illustrator too. Really nice textural simple stuff. I've got What Is Black And White, which is great.
Inkpen and Ingpen. It always amuses me how Mick Inkpen is an illustrator and is called Ink pen. Like a cobbler being called Dave Boot or something.
And I like the way they both have fairly obscure names, but that are so similar, and they do the same job, but differently.
But saying that, it's not just childish amusement at people's names, both are top rate, and I do really like their stuff too.
Oliver Jeffers rules. I try and read his books in the hope they will rub off and influence me.
Sarah McIntyre has a blog which I follow. She does comics as well, so is a bit of a link to the world of comics. Which is nice.
David Melling - another top illustrator.
Kristin Oftedal went to Kingston University, I saw her work in the final show and really liked it, and have seen her work popping up in a few places since. So it's nice she's got something nominated. I believe this may be her first book too.
Catherine Rayner's work is brill too. Two books in too. Top stuff.
Joel Stewart does pictures with fab loose line work. I really liked Dexter Bexley. Nice lot of detail in this.
So there you go. A few random thoughts on the award lists.
Hope there might be something there that you hadn't noticed, or that you might find interesting :)