Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Myron gets a Special Mention from White Ravens 2006

Newman, Marlene (text)
Jago (illus.)
Myron's magic cow
Bath, BA : Barefoot Books, 2005. – [44] p.
ISBN 1-84148-495-4
Boy – Shopping – Cow – Wish – Magic

Since his two siblings are either too busy or too little to help his mother, it is always Myron who gets sent on errands. On his way to the supermarket, he bumps into a bossy blond girl who grabs his shopping money, pushes a rope in his hands to which a huge cow is tied, and jumps into her car with three bears in it, disappearing »down the street in a cloud of smelly black smoke«, before he can react. What is he to do with a real-life cow in the middle of the city – and a talking, wish-granting cow at that? The amusing, imaginative story with various fairy tale elements is perfectly complemented by large, sometimes comic-book-like illustrations. The pictures with their angular shapes, rendered digitally in a mixed technique, superbly mirror the surreal touch of the story. (4+)


I was rather pleased to note that the winner in the Great Britain category was a Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves illustrated by Richard Holland and published by Mantra Lingua (publisher of three of my own books).

I also noticed that I shared a special mention with (amongst others) Wolves by Emily Gravett, a fantastic book with a brilliant concept and great illustrations....

Illustrious company indeed....

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