The shortlist for the Klaus Flugge Prize is introduced right now. Established in 2016, the prize was set as much as honour Klaus Flugge, founding father of Andersen Press and an especially influential determine in kids’s image books. It’s awarded to probably the most promising and thrilling newcomer to kids’s image e book illustration.
From a longlist of twenty image books by debut illustrators, the panel of judges comprising award-winning illustrator Posy Simmonds; Eva Eland, 2020 Klaus Flugge Prize winner; Darryl Clifton, AOI Board member and Illustration Programme Director at Camberwell Faculty of Arts; Fleur Sinclair, proprietor of Sevenoaks Bookshop; and Mat Tobin of Oxford Brookes College, have chosen 5 to shortlist.
The 5 books couldn’t be extra completely different in illustration type however, countering our experiences of the previous yr, discover artistic methods to painting love and friendship, safety and luxury to the very younger. The winner can be introduced on Wednesday 15 September 2021 and can obtain a cheque for £5,000.
The 5 shortlisted books are:
Youngster of Galaxies, Charlotte Ager, written by Blake Nuto, editor Emily Ball, artwork director Lilly Gottwald (Flying Eye Books)
Gustavo the Shy Ghost Flavia Z Drago, editors Tanya Rosie and Maria Tunney, artwork Director Anne-Louise Jones (Walker Books)
Whereas You’re Sleeping, John Broadley, written by Mick Jackson, editor Neil Dunnicliffe, designer Sarah Crookes (Pavilion)
I’m Sticking with You, Steve Small, written by Smriti Halls editor Helen Mackenzie Smith, designer Jane Buckley (Simon and Schuster)
My Purple Hat, Rachel Stubbs, editor Denise Johnstone Burt, designer Charlie Moyler (Walker Books)
What the judges mentioned:
Youngster of Galaxies, Charlotte Ager, written by Blake Nuto, editor Emily Ball, artwork director Lilly Gottwald (Flying Eye Books) What the judges mentioned: ‘a formidable interpretation of actually large, summary concepts; the photographs leap off the web page to stimulate younger imaginations; stunning use of color and tempo’.Charlotte Ager makes use of painterly, full-bleed spreads to offer kids a way of the world, the universe and their place inside it, her daring brushwork clearly seen throughout photos of sea, sky and fields.
Whereas You’re Sleeping, John Broadley, written by Mick Jackson, editor Neil Dunnicliffe, designer Sarah Crookes (Pavilion) What the judges mentioned: ‘Unique and fascinating; the main points are so comforting; his dealing with of sea and sky is great, very muscular and with plenty of theatrics; he’s had enjoyable creating this!’
John Broadley makes use of intricate, detailed pen and ink illustrations, harking back to Edward Bawden’s work, to open the curtains on the teeming night-time world, the place busy individuals go about their jobs and foxes, owls and hares come out within the countryside whereas a toddler sleeps soundly, tucked up in mattress.
Gustavo the Shy Ghost Flavia Z Drago, editors Tanya Rosie and Maria Tunney, artwork Director Anne-Louise Jones (Walker Books) What the judges mentioned: ‘A visible deal with and the textual content and illustrations work very properly collectively; it’s stuffed with element however by no means cluttered; tempo is cleverly managed; simply the precise steadiness of enjoyable and fright!’.
Flavia Z. Drago introduces us to Gustavo, a beautiful little ghost who’s so shy he’s actually invisible. Her folk-art type with its palette of orange and Rosa Mexicana creates a particular playground for Gustavo as he out of the blue and unexpectedly makes new associates.
I’m Sticking with You, Steve Small, written by Smriti Halls editor Helen Mackenzie Smith, designer Jane Buckley (Simon and Schuster) What the judges mentioned: ‘Rather well crafted, significantly within the relationship between the characters; pretty deadpan humour with plenty of intelligent touches within the illustrations; love the tempo and the way in which the story strikes.’
Already an award-winning animator, Steve Small’s debut image e book celebrates an uncommon and enduring friendship, and his illustrations deliver odd couple Bear and Squirrely vividly and comically to life, photos completely positioned on clear white pages for max impression.
My Purple Hat, Rachel Stubbs, editor Denise Johnstone Burt, designer Charlie Moyler (Walker Books) What the judges mentioned: ‘Actually spectacular use of color and the characters are actually alive; the hand-lettered typography works very properly as do the compositions; there’s an exquisite sense of looseness to the images, which may be very exhausting to perform; there’s a particular rigidity within the closing pages earlier than a contented ending.’
Rachel Stubbs celebrates one other particular relationship, that between grandparent and youngster. With fluid, elegant line, a fragile restricted palette and hand drawn typography, she conveys a unprecedented depth of emotion and love.