Congratulations to Adam Rex, who won our Mock Caldecott Award for Chloe and the Lion (Hyperion)! Committee members liked the three-dimensional quality of the illustrations--the stage sets and Sculpey figures--as well as the way the representation of the dragon lion changes depending on who is supposed to be drawing him [Note: Author Mac Barnett actually did some of those drawings!]. They also liked the interaction between the author and the illustrator(s), Hank included, at the heart of Chloe and the Lion.
The committee named four Honor books:
- Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs as retold by Mo Willems (Balzer+Bray).
- One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo, illustrated by David Small (Dial).
- This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen (Candlewick). [I subbed this title in yesterday.]
- Unspoken by Henry Cole (Scholastic).
We would happily have named more but had to stop somewhere!
Congratulations all around, and especially to our hard-working committee, who read and discussed thirteen (13!) books this snowy Saturday morning. Whew. Debriefing to follow; now I need a nap.