The Harvey Awards were given out at New York Comic Con. There are specific categories for youth and then some crossover books won awards as well that I will list below:
BOOK OF THE YEAR
Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
BEST CHILDREN OR YOUNG ADULT BOOK (Tie)
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill
BEST EUROPEAN BOOK
Calfornia Dreamin’: Cass Elliot before the Mamas & the Papas by Pénélope Bagieu
Blue by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (9781626720664)
In her follow-up to Green, Seeger once again explore all aspects of a single color. With blue, there are baby blue blankets, blue berries, ocean waves, blue skies, and deep night blues. Blues can also feel different from one another. Some can be silly, others stormy and still others icy cold. Told through the lens of a boy and his dog, the book explores different seasons and the blues that accompany their days together.
I must say that this book cannot be summarized easily at all. The text is entirely simple, just naming each color of blue and each mood being depicted. It is the illustrations that are awe-inspiring. They use a cut-out mechanism to lead from one blue to the next, one image to the next, connecting each image to the next.
This is done by a master though, the cutout sections to surprising and unique. I found myself running my fingers over the page to find the holes in the page because they are not obvious at all. Then I would flip back and forth, back and forth to see how the images somehow incorporated those cut areas flawlessly. Even when I knew where to look they disappeared into the images. And the images are grand, beautiful and full of depth. They invite readers into this world of blue.
A picture book to marvel at. Appropriate for ages 1-4.
Reviewed from copy provided by Roaring Brook Press.