Annal: 2013 Kate Greenaway Medal

Results of the Kate Greenaway Medal in the year 2013.

Book:Black Dog (Levi Pinfold)

Black Dog

Levi Pinfold

An enormous black dog and a very tiny little girl star in this offbeat tale about confronting one’s fears.

When a huge black dog appears outside the Hope family home, each member of the household sees it and hides. Only Small, the youngest Hope, has the courage to face the black dog, who might not be as frightening as everyone else thinks.

Book:Again! (Emily Gravett)

Again!

Emily Gravett

A little dragon and his favorite book make for a combustible combination in this clever picture book with a surprise ending.

It’s nearly Cedric the dragon’s bedtime, and for Cedric, bedtime means storytime! When his mother reads him his favorite book, he likes the story so much that he wants to hear it again…and again…and again!

Cedric’s mom understands that the best stories are ripe for repetition, and she tries very hard to be patient. But sometimes dragons will be dragons—which is why this bedtime tale ends with an incendiary surprise!

Book:I Want My Hat Back

I Want My Hat Back

Jon Klassen

A picture-book delight by a rising talent tells a cumulative tale with a mischievous twist.

The bear s hat is gone, and he wants it back. Patiently and politely, he asks the animals he comes across, one by one, whether they have seen it. Each animal says no, some more elaborately than others. But just as the bear begins to despond, a deer comes by and asks a simple question that sparks the bear s memory and renews his search with a vengeance. Told completely in dialogue, this delicious take on the classic repetitive tale plays out in sly illustrations laced with visual humor and winks at the reader with a wry irreverence that will have kids of all ages thrilled to be in on the joke.

Book:Just Ducks!

Just Ducks!

Nicola Davies, Salvatore Rubbino

A young girl shares her observations about the mallards near her house in an engaging, informative story sure to make a splash with duck lovers.

Quack quack, Quack-quaack-quack.
It’s the first sound I hear every morning.

The young girl in this story may live in the city, but outside her window there’s a river full of mallard ducks! She hears them as soon as she wakes up, and on the way to school she sees them upside down bobbing for food. Interspersed with fun facts, her enthusiastic commentary about her feathered neighbors—what they look like, how they behave, where they nest, where they sleep—pairs swimmingly with cheerful watercolor illustrations.

Book:King Jack and the Dragon

King Jack and the Dragon

Peter Bently, Helen Oxenbury

This is a magical, rhyming bedtime picture book starring brave King Jack, a band of faithful knights and a big green dragon. Raaahhh!

Jack, Zak and Caspar were making a den, a mighty great fort for King Jack and his men…Night is falling, bedtime is looming and playtime is nearly over…but brave King Jack is more than a match for dragons and terrible beasties. This magical make-believe adventure, illustrated by picture book star Helen Oxenbury, is the perfect bedtime tale for little boys and brave children everywhere.

Book:Lunchtime (Rebecca Cobb)

Lunchtime

Rebecca Cobb

It’s lunchtime for one little girl, but she’s just not hungry. A visiting crocodile, bear and wolf, however, are starving. It’s just as well that children taste revolting! A beautifully illustrated tale of food, friendship and fun.

Book:Oh No, George!

Oh No, George!

Chris Haughton

Bold, hilarious arwork captures the innocent charm of affable George, a dog who is trying to be good—with disastrous results.

George is a dog with all the best intentions. And his owner, Harris, has all the best hopes that George will be a well-behaved dog when he leaves him alone for the day. But when George spies a delicious cake sitting on the kitchen table, his resolve starts to waver. You see, George loves cake…Uh-oh. What to do now? It’s so hard to be a good dog when there are cats to chase and flowers to dig up! What ever will Harris say when he gets back? Chris Haughton’s fetchingly funny story and vibrant, retro illustrations are sure to lure dog lovers of all ages—and anyone who has ever met a temptation too good to resist.

Book:Pirates 'n' Pistols

Pirates 'n' Pistols

Chris Mould

Following on from the fabulous Dust ‘n’ Bones and Fangs ‘n’ Fire, comes Pirates ‘n’ Pistols—ten swashbuckling pirate tales. Come face-to-face with some of the most villainous and scurrilous rogues ever to sail the seven seas in these stories about pirates from all around the world.

This special giftbook edition is packed full of traditional pirate myths and legends, as well as some new and original tales, re-told and illustrated by the award-winning Chris Mould. Stories include: Davy Jones, Treasure Island, The Tenth Man, The Gold Bug, Dead Man’s Ink, Dionysus, Cross-legged Jack, Mochimitsu’s Music, Jewel of Bengal and Ghost in the Cupboard.

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