Day: June 1, 2017

2017 Boston Globe – Horn Book Awards

Awards were given in three categories: nonfiction, picture book, and fiction and poetry. For each category, there was a winner and two honor books. Here they are!

NONFICTION AWARD WINNER

Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers

Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman

FICTION AND POETRY WINNER

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

PICTURE BOOK WINNER

Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan

Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan

NONFICTION HONOR BOOKS

Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White

Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team by Steven Sheinkin

Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White by Melissa Sweet

FICTION AND POETRY HONOR BOOKS

One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance The Best Man

One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes

The Best Man by Richard Peck

PICTURE BOOK HONOR BOOKS

Wolf in the Snow 31213527

Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell

Town Is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz, illustrated by Sydney Smith

The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Jerry Pinkney

The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Jerry Pinkney

The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Jerry Pinkney (9780316341578, Amazon)

Pinkney continues his foray into classic folktales with this new book. With its focus on fooling a bully, this is a timely tale to tackle. Pinkney uses great skill to whittle the text down to exactly what is needed to carry the story forward. The book is not a reinvention of the original tale, but instead a focused version of the original that will have children cheering the brave goats. Pinkney does add a nice touch to the end with the troll getting harried himself and then rejected in a clever mirror of what he did to the goats.

The illustrations from this Caldecott winning artist are exceptional as always. Pinkney uses pencil and watercolor to create his rich illustrations that have small details, large landscapes and animals. The goats are winsome and courageous while the troll is a vile green with long toenails, tusk-like teeth, and rotting fish and fish skeletons around him.

Another must-have for every library by a master author/illustrator. Appropriate for ages 3-5.

Reviewed from library copy.