Award Picture Books

2018 Picture Book Shortlist

So here it is...

the NSTBA 2018 Picture Book Shortlist.

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Almost Anything    Sophy Henn

Puffin     ISBN: 978-0141385471

Read the long list review here.

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Fairy Tale Pets    Tracey Corderoy, illustrated by Jorge Martin

Little Tiger    ISBN: 978-1848694422

You can read the long list review here.

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Goat's Coat   Tom Percival, illustrated by Christine Pym

Bloomsbury    ISBN: 978-1408881026

You can read the long list review here.

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Look Out, It's A Dragon!       Jonny Lambert

Little Tiger    ISBN:  978-1848698215

You can read the long list review here.

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Lulu Gets a Cat     Anna McQuinn, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

Alanna Books    ISBN: 978-1907825163

You can read the long list review here.

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Cyril and Pat     Emily Gravett

Two Hoots       ISBN: 978-1509857272

You can read the long list review here.

Congratulations to all! The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on the 10th November. 

LONG LIST REVIEW: Look Out! It's A Dragon.

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Saffi is not like other dragons. Crushing castles and capturing princesses are not her hobbies. What she is looking for is a pretty woodland home, full of flowers. When she finds her perfect home, the locals are not too friendly- because she's a dragon! Although she tries to convince them she has no dragony intentions, they misinterpret her actions and demand that she leaves.

When a real threat to their safety arrives, however, it is Saffi who leaps into action and saves the day, proving real friends come in all shapes and sizes.

Showing how quick we can be to judge others and make assumptions based on appearance or stereotypes, 'Look Out! It's a Dragon' is a gem of a story, which opens up many discussions about tolerance and acceptance. With a cast of strong characters, it lends itself to role play and the creation of further adventures for this lovely gang in their new home.

The illustrations are a real joy. Set against white backgrounds, the colours of the pictures really shine through and could inspire some fabulous art work in class, using marbled, textured and other papers to create cut outs and collages. 

Beautifully illustrated with fabulous characters, 'Look Out, It's A Dragon!' to sure to be a firm favourite of storytime at home and at school.

Look Out, It's A Dragon!       Jonny Lambert

Little Tiger    ISBN:  978-1848698215

You can read another review of this book here.

You can read our review of 'The Only Lonely Panda' here, Little Why here and Tiger, Tiger here.

 

LONG LIST REVIEW: I'm Going to Eat this Ant

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Anteater is very hungry, but he is fed up of his monotonous diet- always wriggling, tickling, stinging, fighting, biting ants! So, for a change, he selects a nice, juicy looking ant and dreams up a whole host of novel new ways of ant eating. But whilst he is getting creative, his dinner has very different ideas!

Surrounded by fabulous illustrations bursting with humour, 'I'm Going to Eat this Ant' is a wonderful story to share. Using rich language full of culinary terms, the story bounces along playfully until the tables are turned with a twist at the end. 

The use of alliterative phrases make the story trip off the tongue- a great story to share! The humour of the story starts at the very beginning with the line of ants carrying ant-like food (we had great fun trying to decide which one ended up as the anteaters' dream dinner!), but at the end carrying off all the ingredients and kitchen utensils from the fantasy menu! The image of the ants celebrating their triumph is also worth lingering over! 

A f-ANT-astic book!

I'm Going to Eat This Ant      Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

Bloomsbury     ISBN: 978-1408869901

You can read another review of this book here.

You can read a review of 'I Love You, Stick Insect' here.