The British Book Award winners were announced on Monday evening. The awards are given for adult and children’s books. Here are the juvenile winners:
CHILDREN’S FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR
The Ice Monster by David Walliams, illustrated by Tony Ross
CHILDREN’S ILLUSTRATED AND NONFICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR
You Are Awesome by Matthew Syed
¡Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market by Raul the Third (9781328557261)
The Pura Belpré Award-winning illustrator of Lowriders in Space returns with his first picture book. Little Lobo takes his dog Bernabe along as he delivers supplies around the market to different vendors. After Kooky Dooky wakes them up in the morning, the wagon is loaded and they head into town. Everyone there has a different job and on the bustling pages, readers can take a look at what different creatures in town are doing. As Little Lobo makes his way past the various stalls, readers get to see inside them even if they don’t have a delivery that day. There are vendors of comic books, puppets, hats, herbs, food and more. At the end of the day, Lobo delivers golden laces to the final vendor and discovers that his favorite luchadore is actually there!
Told in an engaging mix of Spanish and English, the picture book also has Spanish labels for different items in the picture and English translations to Spanish sentences at the bottom of the page. The entire book invites readers to try reading English and Spanish as they explore the market. The use of a strong structure like delivering packages allows the images to be more free flowing without losing the story line.
The pace of the book is brisk and yet readers will need to linger over the illustrations and explore them fully. They have the busy nature of a Richard Scarry with a modern feel. Exploring the various animals on the page is great fun as is looking at the smaller stories being told in images only as Lobo goes through the market.
A top pick for this year, every library should have this rich and vibrant book. Appropriate for ages 4-7.
Reviewed from library copy.