Annal: 2009 Kate Greenaway Medal

Results of the Kate Greenaway Medal in the year 2009.

Book:Harris Finds His Feet

Harris Finds His Feet

Catherine Rayner

Harris was a very small hare with very big feet. “Why do I have such enormous feet, Grandad?” he sighed. “All hares have big feet, young Harris,” said Grandad.

And so begins a beautiful and remarkable story about a child’s journey to independence. With help from his grandfather, Harris learns how to use his enormous feet to hop high into the sky. He climbs to the tops of mountains and runs really fast until suddenly he is on his own.

Gorgeous and highly imaginative watercolors illustrate how Harris not only learns about the world around him, but also discovers the importance of finding his own feet.

From the author and illustrator of Augustus and His Smile, winner of one of Child Magazine’s Best Children’s Book Awards.

Book:How to Heal a Broken Wing

How to Heal a Broken Wing

Bob Graham

In a spare urban fable, Bob Graham brings us one small boy, one loving family, and one miraculous story of hope and healing.

“No one saw the bird fall.”

In a city full of hurried people, only young Will notices the bird lying hurt on the ground. With the help of his sympathetic mother, he gently wraps the injured bird and takes it home. In classic Bob Graham style, the beauty is in the details: the careful ministrations with an eyedropper, the bedroom filled with animal memorabilia, the saving of the single feather as a good-luck charm for the bird’s return to the sky. Wistful and uplifting, here is a tale of possibility—and of the souls who never doubt its power.

Book:Little Boat (Docherty)

Little Boat

Thomas Docherty

One brave little boat is on a journey to discover the seven seas. Setting off into the big, wide world, Little Boat runs into treacherous waters, turbulent tides, and seafaring friends. After all his nautical adventures, our hero finds out that he’s no longer such a little boat.

Book:Molly and the Night Monster

Molly and the Night Monster

Christopher Wormell

A fabulously illustrated bedtime story from Chris Wormell, with a big, reassuring hug of an ending.

When Molly wakes up in the middle of the night, she hears the sound of a step on the stairs. It could be a crocodile creeping up to catch her…. Or a giant giraffe outside on the landing…. Or an enormous elephant turning the doorknob and opening the door…. Or even a night monster come to gobble her up….

But when Molly surprises the tiptoeing beast, she gets an even bigger surprise of her own!

Book:The Savage

The Savage

David Almond, Dave McKean

Mysterious and utterly mesmerizing, this graphic-novel-within-a-novel pairs the extraordinary prose of David Almond with the visual genius of Dave McKean.

Blue Baker is writing a story—not all that stuff about wizards and fairies and happily ever after—a real story, about blood and guts and adventures, because that’s what life’s really like. At least it is for Blue, since his dad died and Hopper, the town bully, started knocking him and the other kids around. But Blue’s story has a life of its own—weird and wild and magic and dark—and when the savage pays a nighttime visit to Hopper, Blue starts to wonder where he ends and his creation begins.

Book:The Snow Goose

The Snow Goose

Paul Gallico, Angela Barrett

A stunning new edition of a beloved children’s classic.

On the desolate Essex marshes, a young girl, Fritha, comes to seek help from Philip Rhayader, a recluse who lives in an abandoned lighthouse. She carries in her arms a wounded snow goose that has been storm-tossed across the Atlantic from Canada. Fritha is frightened of Rhayader, but he is gentler than his appearance suggests and nurses the goose back to health. Over the following months and years, Fritha visits the lighthouse when the snow goose is there. And every summer, when it flies away, Thayader is left alone once more.

The Snow Goose is set in the years running up to the evacuation of Dunkirk in the Second World War. Originally published in 1940 in the Saturday Evening Post, it was brought out in book form the following year and has been continually in print…[more]

Book:Varmints

Varmints

Helen Ward, Marc Craste

Striking, surreal illustrations and a haunting, evocative text tell a mysterious tale of a threatened natural world—and a hopeful new start.

Once, the only sounds to be heard were the buzzing of bees in the grass, the murmuring of moles in the earth, and the song of birds in the sky. These warmed the hearts of those who cared to listen—until the others came to fill the sky with buildings and the air with a cacophony of noise. With dramatically lit artwork and a spare, intriguing text, Varmints tells of a pastoral world in need of protection and of the souls who love it enough to ensure its regeneration. Includes vellum pages and French flaps as part of a gorgeous paperback design.

Book:The Way Back Home

The Way Back Home

Oliver Jeffers

Shining star Oliver Jeffers is back with this star spangled inter-galactic adventure tale in space! One day a boy finds an aeroplane in his cupboard. Up, up, up and away he flies, high into the sky. Whizzing past clouds, stars and planets until suddenly, he runs out of petrol! Miles from earth, the boy crashes into the moon and waits. Just as he is beginning to get cold and lonely, a friendly martian appears from the darkness, also with a broken aircraft. Together they come up with a super plan to float the boy back down to earth to collect his toolbox. Can the boy find his way back home safely and will he ever make it back up to the moon to rescue his friend?

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