Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 – ‘Wellies’ on the longlist

February 5, 2014 § 3 Comments

Floral-Dance-P.93-4 News has trickled in from various people who know what’s what in the world, particularly the world of books… ‘Where My Wellies Take Me…’ nominated some months ago for the Kate Greenaway Medal, has made it onto the ‘long’ list of 20 titles and, given the prestige of this much coveted award (which even I, one-time illustrator, has heard of!), this is very good news. Any gladiators or Olympic champions reading this might not understand why being in the top 20 anything is cause for celebration, but whilst there can be only one fastest runner, there can be 20 brilliant picture books, so here’s to being part of one of them and thank you to all the Librarians who voted!

The above artwork is a spread from the book, featuring the village of Iddesleigh in Devon, where the story (of Clare Morpurgo, written by Michael) is set. The additions of the brass band and (Breton) dancers were inspired by the poem that shares this page, ‘The Floral Dance’ by Katie Moss, but some might say the scene is not dissimilar to an average Saturday evening at The Duke of York…

For more information and pictures have a look here: http://www.alisoneldred.com/blog/?p=530

And if anyone wants to buy the book, it is available at lots of great independent bookshops, (isn’t it!), for anyone lucky enough to have one…



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