This blog is from Kat, an Assistant Community Librarian based in the East of the city.
Chatterbooks is a readers group for children aged 7-11, who meet on the first Thursday of the month at Chapel Allerton Library 3:30-4:30pm. The next session will be Thursday 4th July, and we will be discussing The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and Return to the Secret Garden by Holly Webb – new members are always welcome!
This week we looked at some of the books shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal – a prize which recognises an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people. Here are the group’s thoughts on illustrations and some of their favourites from this year’s shortlist;
- Illustrations can help younger readers understand the story.
- Black and white illustrations give you some idea but still lets you use your imagination.
- Sometimes, illustrations can distract you from the story, but can also support the story.
A Great Big Cuddle illustrated by Chris Riddell
- Chris Riddle’s books are always very detailed and makes us want to read another.
- We always love Chris’s style of illustration, which is unique and peculiar.
- One of our favourite pages was ‘Lost’ – the illustration mirrored the sadness of the poem exactly.
Wild Animals of the North by Dieter Braun
- The style is unusual – simplistic but detailed and abstract.
- This book is less cartoony and very beautiful – it reminds us more of pictures you would see in a gallery exhibition rather than a book.
- Looks printed, or shapes stuck together at first, but on looking closer could possibly be done on a computer.
The Marvels by Brian Selznick
- There is not as much text as you would expect in this book, the first half is completely illustrated – we wouldn’t imagine a book like this to have so many illutrations.
- The illustrations give an impression of the story and are then followed by the text which gives more meaning to it.
- Very traditional and realistic, the shading is very impressive!
- The cover image makes some of us want to read the book – although it seems a bit dark and scary to others.
Tidy by Emily Gravett
- The illustrator has used a wide range of colours which gives the landscapes depth.
- The trees are so beautiful – they make you think you are there.
There is a Tribe of Kids by Lane Smith
- Although not realistic, the illustrations are very detailed.
- Can tell that a variety of media has been used.
- Not sure that they go with the story – there are hardly any words so without the illustrations there wouldn’t be much of a book.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone illustrated by Jim Kay
- Would prefer to read this rather than a normal Harry Potter book
- The illustrations tell the story very well, and they fit in perfectly with the words – can tell it has been planned very well.
- Favourite pages shows Diagon Alley – very intricately detailed; looks like the films have come to life.
- Can imagine this actually being real.
Our joint favourite books of the shortlist were A Great Big Cuddle, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Wild Animals of the North. You can see the full shortlist and details of authors and illustrators here and the winner will be announced on 19th June.