Honor roll: Kate Greenaway Medal

Each of these books has been nominated for a Kate Greenaway Medal. They are ranked by honors received.

Book:Wolves

Wolves

Emily Gravett

Rabbit borrows a book about wolves from the library. Straightforward enough. But it's not long before a sinister figure with sharp claws and a bushy tail starts to creep right off the pages. You won't believe your eyes especially if you're a rabbit.

Brilliantly witty, with amazing artwork, two surprise endings, plus fun novelty elements, "Wolves" created a real buzz of excitement among critics and booksellers alike on first publication in 2005.

Book:Traction Man Is Here!

Traction Man Is Here!

Mini Grey

Traction Man—wearing combat boots, battle pants, and his warfare shirt—comes in a box, but very quickly finds the way into the imagination of his lucky boy owner. This superhero searches for the Lost Wreck of the Sieve as the boy makes a game of doing the dishes, and later in the bathtub, he conquers the Mysterious Toes that are stealing his pet, the brave little Scrubbing Brush. These are just a few of the action-packed adventures played out by the boy and his new toy that may not be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but can vanquish all manner of villains lurking around the house. Mini Grey’s story in words and pictures is an irresistible invitation to the private world of a child’s play.

Book:Michael Rosen's Sad Book

Michael Rosen's Sad Book

Michael Rosen, Quentin Blake

Who is sad? Sad is anyone. It comes along and finds you.

We all have sad stuff. What makes Michael Rosen sad is thinking about his son, Eddie, who died. In this book he writes about his sadness, how it affects him, and some of the things he does to try to cope with it.

Book:The Shape Game

The Shape Game

Anthony Browne

The same family that had such an enlightening experience in Anthony Browne’s Zoo is now going to an art museum, Mom’s choice for her birthday treat. But wisecracking Dad and their two sons are skeptical about how much fun this trip will be, and they’re not quite sure what to make of the art. (“What on earth is that supposed to be?” asks Dad.) But, with Mom’s help, once the boys start really looking at the paintings, they begin to find what pleasures they contain. Most of the family leave with a new appreciation of art—Dad is just never going to get it—as well as a sketchbook. On the trip home, Mom teaches the boys—and readers—a drawing game, which one of her sons (this book’s author) has been playing ever since.

This new book is the product of Anthony Browne’s engagement as writer-and-illustrator-in-residence at the Tate Britain in London. There he worked with a thousand children from inner-city schools, teaching literature using the resources in the gallery—and playing the shape game. In his artwork for the book, he surreally transforms, in his signature style, some famous paintings in the Tate’s collection.

Book:The Wolves in the Walls

The Wolves in the Walls

Neil Gaiman

There are sneaking,
creeping, crumpling
noises coming from
inside the walls.

Lucy is sure there are wolves living in the walls of their house—and, as everybody says, if the wolves come out of the walls, it’s all over. Her family doesn’t believe her. Then one day, the wolves come out.

But it’s not all over. Instead, Lucy’s battle with the wolves is only just beginning.

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:Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears

Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears

Emily Gravett

Little Mouse is afraid of almost everything. We learn about all his phobias, from his fear of creepy crawlies to his fear of clocks, dogs, cats and shadows. The only thing that makes him feel better is that human beings actually seem to be afraid of him!

Book:The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon

The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon

Mini Grey

Hey Diddle Diddle, the cat and the fiddle, the cow jumped over the moon, the little dog laughed, to see such fun, and the Dish ran away with the spoon. That's the bit we know - but have you ever wondered what happened next?

Mini Grey, the creator of such favourites as Biscuit Bear and The Pea and the Princess, has this brilliantly funny and wonderfully inventive suggestion, narrated by one of the principal players - the Spoon himself. Part love story, part crime caper, The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon is the rags-to-riches and back again tale of the most dazzling crockery-cutlery duo of all time.

Mini Grey's witty text and exquisite illustrations combine to make this a must-have gem.

Book:Jonathan Swift's Gulliver

Jonathan Swift's Gulliver

Martin Jenkins, Chris Riddell

First published in 1726, this magnificent edition of Jonathan Swift's classic adventure story contains all four of Gulliver's extraordinary voyages.

Award-winning author Martin Jenkins has skilfully adapted the original novel, remaining true to its tone and humour while making it accessible to younger readers. In this, he is brilliantly assisted by Kate Greenaway Medallist Chris Riddell, who brings to life the people, creatures and kingdoms of Swift's searing imagination in wonderful panoramic detail.

Book:Ella's Big Chance

Ella's Big Chance: A Jazz-Age Cinderella

Shirley Hughes

When the Cinders family is invited to a grand ball given by the Duchess of Arc for her handsome son, Ella's vain stepsisters spend hours getting ready but poor Ella is left behind with only the cat for company. But on this very special evening there is more than a little magic in the air.

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