Christine Pym

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. 

NSTBA18: PICTURE BOOK CATEGORY LONG LIST REMINDER!

All 80 titles for the six categories of our long list have now been reviewed! Each and every one a fantastic book, highly recommended by JAB and the NSTAB team.

The short list will be announced on the 8th September. Votes from the panel are already coming in so here's a little reminder of the twenty fabulous books on the Picture Book Category Long List.

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After the Fall      Dan Santat (Andersen Press) 

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Almost Anything - Sophy Henn (Puffin)

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Cyril and Pat- Emily Gravett (Two Hoots)

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Fairy Tale Pets - Tracey Corderoy, illustrated by Jorge Martin (Little Tiger)

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What's Your Favourite Colour? - Eric Carle and Friends   (Walker)

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Goat's Coat - Tom Percival, illustrated by Christine Pym  (Bloomsbury)

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

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Izzy Gizmo  Pip Jones, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie  (Simon and Schuster)

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Little Red Reading Hood  Lucy Rowland, illustrated by Ben Mantle  (Macmillan)

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Lulu Gets a Cat Anna McQuinn, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw (Alanna Books)

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Mrs Noah's Pockets  Jackie Morris, illustrated by James Mayhew (Otter Barry Books)

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Nimesh the Adventurer  Ranjit Singh, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini  (Lantana)

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Something Fishy  Polly Dunbar  (Two Hoots)

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The Great Gran Plan  Eli Woollard, illustrated by Steven Lenton (Macmillan)

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Unplugged    Steve Antony (Hodder) 

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This Zoo is Not for You Ross Collins (Nosy Crow)

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The Word Collector  Peter H. Reynolds  (Orchard Books)

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Look Out, It's A Dragon!       Jonny Lambert (Little Tiger)

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The Last Chip    Duncan Beedie    (Templar Publishing)

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Spyder     Matt Car   (Scholastic)

All amazing! Which will make it to the short list?

LONG LIST REVIEW: Goat's Coat

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Alfonzo the goat is very proud of his new coat. As he sets off for a walk, he can hear people admire it as he passes by. However, on his journey, he meets a series of animals in need and in each situation, Alfonzo sacrifices some of his special coat to help them, leaving him cold and alone. Will his kindness to others be rewarded?

'Goat's Coat' is an absolutely lovely story which celebrates the joy kindness brings. With each animal he helps, Goat sacrifices a little bit of the coat he is so proud of, making him sad as his coat becomes increasingly shabby, but good inside for having helped. Although he could have walked away, Goat took time to stop and help solve the problems of others- a lesson for us all!

The story also shows how acts of kindness can be returned and when Goat is the one in need, his new friends rally round to repay his generosity. I used this story with my Year 6 class as the inspiration for some writing and the results they came up with were delightful!

The rhyming text is great for reading aloud and bounces along happily. Christine Pym's illustrations are delightful; colourful and cheerful, they complement the text perfectly. A wonderful story with a wonderful message!

Goat's Coat   Tom Percival, illustrated by Christine Pym

Bloomsbury    ISBN: 9781408881026