The 2009 Edgar Award Nominees have been announced. Here are the nominees for children and teens.
The Postcard by Tony Abbott
Enigma: A Magical Mystery by Graeme Base
Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff
The Witches of Dredmoore Hollow by Riford McKenzie
Cemetery Street by Brenda Seabrooke
Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd
The Big Splash by Jack D. Ferraiolo
Paper Towns by John Green
Getting the Girl by Susan Juby
Torn to Pieces by Margo McDonnell
I’m not a big mystery reader, so I haven’t read many of the nominees. Anyone have a favorite on the list?
The One and Only Marigold by Florence Parry Heide, illustrated by Jill McElmurry.
Marigold is a little monkey with her own way of doing things. She has a favorite purple coat that she wears all the time, even in the shower and to bed. But now her coat is wearing out and she has to face replacing her beloved coat. Marigold is a loyal monkey and refuses to give up her best friend, her purple coat for anyone. This includes her other close friend, Maxine who gets upset when Marigold lists the coat before her on her friend list. Maxine storms out and Marigold plots revenge which she achieves in an interesting and subtle way.
I love picture books that are not saccharine and sweet, but instead show children characters who have complicated feelings and relationships just like they have in real life. Marigold is a protagonist with firm ideas and a strong sense of self. Through skillful writing, the author manages to avoid making her whiny or annoying. Instead she is surprising, fun and unique. McElmurry’s illustrations match the story well, filled with little touches that are just as fascinating as the main character.
This is a longer picture book, making it appropriate for slightly older children. Recommended for ages 5-7.