Ten Best Illustrators

Published on: 23 Mawrth 2011 Author: Polly Dunbar

Ten Best Illustrators 2011 - Animal Party      

I've got a fuzzy head this morning; imagine squeezing ten very nervous people into a cupboard with ninety very excited people and then plying them all with fizzy pop..POW!! It was the award ceremony for the Ten Best New Illustrators last night. Anthony Browne and Lauren Child presented the awards; it was a glittery event!


Ten Best Illustrators 2011 - Tiger   

...and what an exciting, dynamic line up of new illustrators. I'm familiar with a few of their books already. I'm a big fan of Tiny Little Fly by Kevin Waldron; I was lucky enough to get sneaky peaks while it was in the making at Walker. A Bit Lost by Chris Haughton made me snort with laughter when I first read it.


Ten Best Illustrators 2011 - Viviane Swcharz              

Last night I got to meet lovely Katie Clemenson whose book Wake Up! is a new favourite. Joe Berger and Viviane Swcharz have literally just appeared on breakfast TV while I'm writing this, WOO!! There are more names on the list whose work I'm discovering for the first time. The selection of art exhibited was diverse, edgy and sophisticated; dispelling the myth that kids books have to be soft and fluffy- far from it.


Ten Best Illustrators 2011     

I was one of the Ten Best back in 2008, it was great to feel part of the team. The award is not just about raising the profile of individuals, though it will give them a chance to get involved in exhibitions, festivals, school visits and the book world at large; they will also be raising the profile of illustration as a whole; ambassadors spreading a love of picture books...what a role! So while they're busy with all that, I'm going to make a nice cup of tea and nurse my sore head...

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