Monday, March 26, 2012
White Raven Award 2012
I am very pleased to announce that My Bear Griz has been honored at this year's Bologna Children's Book Fair with a White Raven Award. Throughout each year, the language specialists (Lektoren) at the Internationale Jugendbibliothek (International Youth Library / IYL) select recently published books that they consider especially noteworthy. This »premium label« is given to books of international interest that deserve a wider reception on account of their universal theme and/or their exceptional and often innovative artistic and literary style and design.
Here is the review on Griz:
McGinness, Suzanne (text/illus.)
My bear Griz
London: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 2011. –  p.
(Janetta Otter-Barry books)
Friendship – Imagination
Billy and Griz do everything together: When they go exploring, the boy rides proudly on the grizzly bear’s back; when they play hide-and-seek, Griz couldn’t be more conspicuous curling himself around a ridiculously thin tree trunk; and when they take an afternoon nap, the boy snuggles comfortably against his massive friend’s furry body. Suzanne McGinness’s stunning debut, with its sparse text chronicling the activities of the slightly unusual pair of friends, describes the joys of friendship – nothing new there. However, it is the way in which the impressive biro-and-watercolour illustrations portray the towering reddish-brown grizzly next to the tiny boy that make this book such a convincing and enchanting fare for young and old readers alike – with a delightful twist at the end. (Age: 3+)
more info can be found here at white raven