Thursday, June 30, 2011
National Book Tokens will launch the Euro Gift Card in the Republic of Ireland for the first time this Friday (1st July).
Irish Illustrators Niamh Sharkey and Oliver Jeffers will feature on the card and packaging. Click HERE
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Patrick Ness has been awarded the CILIP Carnegie Medal today for Monsters Of Men
Ferelith Hordon, chair of the 2011 judging panel comments: “By any stretch of the imagination – and this is a book which profoundly stretches exactly that – “Monsters of Men” is an extraordinary achievement. Within its pages, Patrick Ness creates a complex other world, giving himself and the reader great scope to consider big questions about life, love and how we communicate, as well as the horrors of war, and the good and evil that mankind is capable of. It’s also an enthralling read that is well nigh impossible to put down. Reviews on the CILIP shadowing site bear out our conviction that despite being part of a remarkable trilogy, this is a novel that both stands alone, and stands out”.
Listen to Patrick's acceptance speech here
Press Release Here
Monday, June 20, 2011
Saturday's gathering of 3,657 Wallys broke Cork City's record last week. Click here for Irish Independent report and video on Saturday's event.
BUT the organisation held another record attempt on Sunday and the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of Where's Wallys? is now 3,872.
The money raised from the sale of the Where's Wally costumes will go to the charity Africa Aware
Monday, June 13, 2011
More Great News!
Walker Books has just confirmed that it has commissioned Oliver Jeffers to lllustrate David Almond's next book. Format will be illustrated fiction but I'm told there will be plenty of Oliver's work throughout. Here are some pics from Oliver's studio in New York where Deirdre McDermot from Walker Books met up him late last week.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Laura’s artwork, along with the other winners, will be on display at the V&A until December.
Part modern fairy tale, part science fiction myth, The Iron Man describes the unexpected arrival in England of a mysterious giant "metal man" who wreaks havoc on the countryside by attacking the neighbouring farms and eating all their machinery. A young boy called Hogarth befriends him and he and the extraordinary being end up defending and saving the earth when it is attacked by a fearsome "space-bat-angel-dragon" from outer space. This children's classic, with its message of peace and hope, is known and loved all over the UK and is here presented as part of an exciting new collaboration between Walker Books and Faber and Faber.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? is scheduled for publication in April 2012. Duckling asks for a cookie—and gets one! Pigeon, who has been unsuccessfully asking for things for years, is not pleased.
“The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? is probably my most research-heavy book to date,” said Willems. “As the creator, I had to ask tough questions, like ‘What kind of cookie?’ ‘How would the cookie taste?’ and ‘How would another one of the cookies taste?’ This hard work was not done by an assistant; I have the belly to prove it.”
Friday, June 3, 2011
Everybody was a Baby Once by Allan Ahlberg and Bruce Ingman has been shortlisted for the CLPE Poetry Award 2011.The award is presented annually for a book of poetry for young people; previous winners include John Agard, Grace Nichols, Roger McGough and Jackie Kay.
The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on Tuesday 5th July and the judges will be Carol Ann Duffy, Andrew Lambirth and Fiona Waters. The judging panel will be chaired by Julia Eccleshare.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
“Kevin Waldron's illustrations for Tiny Little Fly are a perfect example of how engaging illustrations can bring the printed word to life. He gave personality to creatures ranging in size for the tiny little fly to a great big elephant - on the same page!” said National Museum of Art Curator of Art Adam Harris, who served as one of the judges for this year’s award. “Waldron’s work exemplifies excellence in contemporary wildlife illustration, making him a wonderful choice for this year's Bull-Bransom Award.”
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
It will appear in the newspaper soon and also on billboards around Cork.
Click here to go to PJ's site for more information.