Annal: 2002 Randolph Caldecott Medal

Results of the Randolph Caldecott Medal in the year 2002.

Book:The Three Pigs

The Three Pigs

David Wiesner

This picture book begins placidly (and familiarly) enough, with three pigs collecting materials and going off to build houses of straw, sticks, and bricks. But the wolf”s huffing and puffing blows the first pig right out of the story . . . and into the realm of pure imagination. The transition signals the start of a freewheeling adventure with characteristic David Wiesner effects—cinematic flow, astonishing shifts of perspective, and sly humor, as well as episodes of flight. Satisfying both as a story and as an exploration of the nature of story, The Three Pigs takes visual narrative to a new level. Dialogue balloons, text excerpts, and a wide variety of illustration styles guide the reader through a dazzling fantasy universe to the surprising and happy ending. Fans of Tuesday”s frogs and Sector 7”s clouds will be captivated by old friends—the Three Pigs of nursery fame and their companions—in a new guise.

Book:The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins

The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins: An Illuminating History of Mr. Waterhouse Hawkins, Artist and Lecturer

Barbara Kerley, Brian Selznick

Did you know almost nobody knew what a dinosaur was until the mid-1800s, when Victorian artist Waterhouse Hawkins built the first life-size models of dinosaurs? In both his native England and in America, his awe-inspiring creations dazzled anyone who saw them. Barbara Kerley and Brian Selznick unearth a story of a remarkable legacy that lives on today ­ the unforgettable story of Waterhouse Hawkins, his triumphant spirit, and his dinosaurs.

Book:Martin's Big Words

Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Doreen Rappaport, Bryan Collier

In this elegant pictorial biography of Martin Luther King Jr., author Doreen Rappaport combines her spare, lyrical text with King’s own words for an effective, age-appropriate portrayal of one of the world’s greatest civil rights leaders. From King’s youth, when he looked up to his preacher father and vowed one day to “get big words, too,” to his death at a garbage workers’ strike (“On his second day there, he was shot. He died.”), Rappaport imbues the story with reverence.

Acclaimed artist Bryan Collier depicts his subject with stunning watercolor and …

Book:The Stray Dog

The Stray Dog: From a True Story by Reiko Sassa

Marc Simont

When a little dog appears at a family picnic, the girl and boy play with him all afternoon, and they name him Willy. At day’s end they say good-bye. But the dog has won their hearts and stays on their minds.

The following Saturday the family returns to the picnic grounds to look for Willy, but they are not alone—the dogcatcher is looking for him, too…

Caldecott Medalist Marc Simont’s heartwarming tale of a stray dog who finds a home is told with appealing simplicity and grace.

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