Annal: 2011 Kate Greenaway Medal

Results of the Kate Greenaway Medal in the year 2011.

Book:Farther (Grahame Baker-Smith)

Farther

Grahame Baker-Smith

When a father who dreams of flying goes off to war and does not return, his son decides to make the dream come true. Grahame Baker-Smith’s moving story, with stunning illustrations, shows how, with love and a bit of ambition, you can reach seemingly impossible goals.

Book:April Underhill, Tooth Fairy

April Underhill, Tooth Fairy

Bob Graham

High in the sky above Parkville, toothfairies April and Esme Underhill are on their way to collect their very first tooth…April and Esme Underhill have never collected a tooth before. Mum and Dad always do it. But tonight it’s their turn. So, equipped with a bag, a coin and a mobile phone, the sisters head for Daniel Dangerfield’s house, and a very unusual first tooth visit!

Book:Big Bear, Little Brother

Big Bear, Little Brother

Carl Norac, Kristin Oftedal

On the ice, the wind is blowing gently. Big Bear has stopped running. How wonderful it is to be still, to close his eyes, to dream! But the stillness is broken when Big Bear hears a cry and opens his eyes to see a child tumbling from the sky.

Book:Cloud Tea Monkeys

Cloud Tea Monkeys

Mal Peet, Elspeth Graham, Juan Wijngaard

Carnegie Medalist Mal Peet and his wife, Elspeth Graham, team up for a captivating, lushly illustrated tale evoking a Chinese legend.

Tashi lives in a tiny village at the foot of the mountains, below the tea plantations where her mother works. When her mother falls ill, Tashi goes alone to the plantation, hoping to earn money for the doctor. But she is far too small to harvest the tender shoots, and her clumsy efforts anger the cruel Overseer. She is desolate, until—chack-chack-chack!—something extraordinary happens. Inspired by a centuries-old legend of tea-picking monkeys, here is a richly told tale full of vivid characters: the heartless Overseer, the enigmatic Royal Tea Taster, and—far away—an empress with a penchant for tea.

Book:Ernest: The Moose Who Doesn't Fit

Ernest:: The Moose Who Doesn't Fit

Catherine Rayner

Ernest is a rather large moose with a rather large problem. He is so big he can’t fit inside his book! Luckily, Ernest is also a very determined moose, and he and his little chipmunk friend aren’t going to give up easily. With some tape, odd bits of paper, and plenty of enthusiasm, the pair constructs an enormous gatefold page by themselves, and everything fits together in the end.

Book:The Heart and the Bottle

The Heart and the Bottle

Oliver Jeffers

There is a wonder and magic to childhood. We don’t realize it at the time, of course…yet the adults in our lives do. They encourage us to see things in the stars, to find joy in colors and laughter as we play.

But what happens when that special someone who encourages such wonder and magic is no longer around? We can hide, we can place our heart in a bottle and grow up…or we can find another special someone who understands the magic. And we can encourage them to see things in the stars, find joy among colors and laughter as they play.

Oliver Jeffers delivers a remarkable book, a tale of poignancy and resonance reminiscent of The Giving Tree that will speak to the hearts of children and parents alike.

Book:Jim: A Cautionary Tale

Jim: A Cautionary Tale

Hilaire Belloc, Mini Grey

A treat for fans of ghastly gore and egregious endings.

“Contains a Dangerous Beast and a Miserable End,” states a warning on the cover. But if you are strong of heart and like your humor a little on the dark side, jump right into the brilliant collaboration of the Edwardian humorist Hilaire Belloc, dead for the past 57 years, and the very much alive Mini Grey. Grey’s sly illustrations, clever type designs, amazing lift-the-flaps, and a roaring lion pop-up, not to mention her zoo map with hilarious Rules and Byelaws, make this edition of the classic cautionary tale a collectible to savor. Decidedly not a lift-the-flap for babies, it will lift the spirits of anyone with a well-developed sense of humor.

Book:Me and You

Me and You

Anthony Browne

A small bear goes for a stroll in the park with his parents, leaving their bowls of porridge cooling on the kitchen table. Meanwhile, a girl with golden hair is hopelessly lost in a big, frightening city when she comes across a house with the door left invitingly open. Inside are three bowls of porridge in the kitchen, three chairs in the living room, and three comfortable-looking beds upstairs, and no one seems to be home…

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