2010 Kate Greenaway Medal Longlist

The longlist for the 2010 Kate Greenaway Medal has been announced.  This is the UK award for children’s book illustration. 

Here are the nominees:

Allwright, Deborah (text by Jill Lewis) Don’t Read This Book!
Ayto, Russell (text by Andy Cutbill) The Best Cow in Show
Baker-Smith, Grahame (text by Angela McAllister) Leon and the Place Between
Bartram, Simon Bob’s Best Ever Friend
Blackwood, Freya (text by Margaret Wild) Harry and Hopper


Blackwood, Freya (text by Roddy Doyle) Her Mother’s Face
Bright, Rachel What does Daddy do?
Clare, Imogen (text by Sanchia Oppenheimer) Lucy Goes to Market
Clark, Emma Chichester (text by Colin McNaughton) Not Last Night But The Night Before
Cleminson, Katie Box of Tricks
Cooper, Helen Dog Biscuit


Fardell, John Manfred the Baddie
Fearnley, Jan Milo Armadillo
Finlay, Lizzie Dandylion
Foreman, Michael A Child’s Garden: A Story of Hope
Fucile, Tony Let’s Do Nothing!
Gliori, Debi The Trouble with Dragons
Gravett, Emily Dogs
Gravett, Emily The Rabbit Problem
Grey, Mini Traction Man meets Turbodog
Horacek, Petr Elephant


Hyde, Catherine (text by Carol Ann Duffy) The Princess’ Blankets
Ingman, Bruce (text by Allan Ahlberg) The Pencil
Jeffers, Oliver The Great Paper Caper
Kitamura, Satoshi Millie’s Marvellous Hat
Kitamura, Satoshi (text by John Agard) The Young Inferno
Kohara, Kazuno The Haunted House
Lloyd, Sam Mr Pusskins Best In Show
Lord, Leonie (text by Martin Waddell) The Dirty Great Dinosaur


MacLennan, Cathy Monkey, Monkey, Monkey
McKean, Dave (text by Neil Gaiman) Crazy Hair
Milton, Alexandra (text by Giles Milton) Call Me Gorgeous!
Odriozola, Elena (text by Ferida Wolff and Harriet May Savitz) The story blanket
PatrickGeorge A Filth of Starlings
Rayner, Catherine Sylvia and Bird
Riddell, Chris (text by Martin Jenkins) Miguel de Cervantes Don Quixote
Riddell, Chris (text by Neil Gaiman) The Graveyard Book
Roberts, David (text by Julia Donaldson) The Troll
Roberts, David (text by Paul Fleischman) The Dunderheads


Ross, Tony (text by Jeanne Willis) Big Bad Bun
Russell, Natalie Moon Rabbit
Scheffler, Axel (text by Julia Donaldson) Stick Man
Schwarz, Viviane There are Cats in this Book
Sharratt, Nick The Foggy, Foggy Forest
Stojic, Manja (text by Harriet Blackford) Gorilla’s Story
Tatarnikov, Pavel (text by John Matthews) Arthur of Albion
Williams, Marcia My Secret War Diary, by Flossie Albright
Wormell, Chris Ferocious Wild Beasts!

Carnegie Medal Longlist

The 2010 Carnegie Medal Longlist has been announced.  This is the UK’s outstanding children’s book award.  I love that they do a long list and always hope that the Newbery folk are going to add a long and short list to their process.  Talk about adding drama! 

Here are the nominees:

Agard, John The Young Inferno
Allen-Gray, Alison Lifegame
Almond, David Jackdaw Summer
Anderson, Laurie Halse Chains
Anderson, R J Knife
Ashley, Bernard Solitaire
Bowler, Tim Bloodchild
Brennan, Sarah Rees The Demon’s Lexicon
Brooks, Kevin Killing God


Burgess, Melvin Nicholas Dane
Caldecott, Elen How Kirsty Jenkins stole the elephant
Cassidy, Anne The Dead House
Chancellor, Henry The Remarkable Adventures of Tom Scatterhorn: The Museum’s Secret
Christopher, Lucy Stolen
Creech, Sharon Hate That Cat
Crossley-Holland, Kevin Waterslain Angels
Dogar, Sharon Falling
Donaldson, Julia Running on the cracks


Dowd, Siobhan Solace of the Road
Dowswell, Paul Auslander
Finn, Daniel Two Good Thieves
Fisk, Pauline Flying for Frankie
Forman, Gayle If I Stay
Gaiman, Neil The Graveyard Book
Golding, Julia Wolf Cry
Grant, Helen The Vanishing of Katharina Linden


Hardinge, Frances Gullstruck Island
Hearn, Julie Rowan the Strange
Higgins, F E The Eyeball Collector
Hoffman, Mary Troubadour
Kennen, Ally Bedlam
LaFleur, Suzanne Love, Aubrey
Laird, Elizabeth The Witching Hour
Manning, Mick & Granstrom, Brita Tail-End Charlie
Muchamore, Robert Brigands M.C.
Ness, Patrick The Ask and the Answer
Newbery, Linda The Sandfather
Patterson, James Max


Peet, Mal Exposure
Perera, Anna Guantanamo Boy
Philip, Gillian Crossing the Line
Pratchett, Terry Nation
Rai, Bali City of Ghosts
Reeve, Philip Fever Crumb
Riordan, James The Sniper
Riordan, Rick Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian
Sedgwick, Marcus The Kiss of Death


Sedgwick, Marcus Revolver
Strangolov, Lazlo Feather and Bone
Stroud, Jonathan Heroes of the Valley
Valentine, Jenny The Ant Colony
Ward, Rachel Numbers
Whitley, David The Midnight Charter
Wilson, Leslie Saving Rafael

Remember, lots of these may not be out in the US yet.

Thanks to Charlotte for the heads-up that the list was announced!

What’s Coming for Christmas

What’s Coming for Christmas? by Kate Banks, illustrated by Georg Hallensleben

Something was coming, but what could it be?  Images of a farm family on the wintry days before a holiday are filled with snow, icicles, sleds and snowmen.  The home is filled with cinnamon, wrapping paper, and pine.  Even the animals out in the fields know that something is coming.  With lots of foreshadowing and wonderful suspense, this book has a great twist in the end that will delight everyone.

Christmas books can often leave one feeling jaded and distant from the holidays.  Santa in a swimsuit, elves bowling, and the emphasis on piles and piles of presents.  This book does a great job of being about the season itself with its scents, sounds, tastes and activities.  Banks starts each page with a refrain: “Something is coming.”  From there she uses poetry to take readers on a holiday visit to the farm with all of its wonders.  Hallensleben’s illustrations are done in lush, thick colors that reflect the warmth, spice and chill of the season. 

The best holiday book I have seen this year.  Find a spot for it on library shelves and share it for holiday story times.  Appropriate for ages 3-7.

Reviewed from library copy.

Lips Touch

Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor, illustrated by Jim Di Bartolo

In three stories, this book explores the power of a kiss and its ability to change one’s life.  The first story, Goblin Fruit, features a teen who has been raised by a family who still lives off the land and believes in the old stories.  But Kizzy longs to be loved, yearns to be noticed.  She is noticed by a beautiful new boy at the school.  Readers will immediately realize that this is too good to be real, but will Kizzy?  The second story, Spicy Little Curses, is set in India.  An elderly woman visits a demon in hell and negotiates for the lives of children.  In one deal, she trades the lives of over 20 children for a single curse.  That curse gives a young English woman who has been born and raised in India the most beautiful voice in the world.  The twist is that if she speaks, anyone who hears her will die.  In the final story, Hatchling, readers find themselves in a fairy tale that turns dark with the howling of wolves and a race of beings who collect children as pets, breed them for coloring, and have lost their souls. 

Taylor’s writing here is lush with imagery.  Her language is rich and sensual, dark and frightening.  She explores large, deep themes without hesitation, leading readers through explorations of lust, longing, and trust.  Through her skilled characterization, readers are captivated almost immediately by each story.  They are not linked stories, but are laced together loosely by theme and tone.  Taylor creates three distinct stories, each fascinating and complex.  The grouping of the three together is masterful with each of them becoming stronger by being next to another. 

These are short stories that will have teen readers asking for more.  Point them towards Margo Lanagan for more short stories that have dark themes.  Appropriate for ages 14-17.

Reviewed from ARC received from publisher.  ARC did not contain the bulk of the illustrations.

Also reviewed by Becky’s Book Reviews, Charlotte’s Library, and A Chair, A Fireplace and a Tea Cozy.