Friday, 6 February 2009


A couple of American prizes to report. Neil Gaiman's fantasy novel The Graveyard Book has won the American Library Association's Newbery Medal. The judges said: "A child named Nobody, an assassin, a graveyard and the dead are the perfect combination in this deliciously creepy tale, which is sometimes humorous, sometimes haunting and sometimes surprising." The book is in stock in Jordanhill Library and also has its own dedicated website.

The 2008 "Cuffies" - or off the cuff awards - are chosen by children's booksellers. The Favourite Picture Book of the Year was won by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury's Ten little fingers and ten little toes, also in stock here. This didn't quite meet with universal approval - see Roger Sutton's Horn Book blog posting I can't quite put my finger on it, in which he expresses niggling doubts about its point that everyone has ten fingers and ten toes.

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