Scholastic New Zealand Award for
Best Children’s Book
Designer Sarah Nelisiwe Anderson
Title Hester’s Blister by Chris Gurney, illustrated by Sarah Nelisiwe Anderson
Publisher Scholastic New Zealand
Format 265 × 215mm, 32pp, paperback, gloss lamination, section sewn
Judges’ comments The design of this quirky book keeps the reader on their toes, as the cleverly integrated typography dances around the page. Detailed illustrations that incorporate photographic textiles and textures bring the narrative alive.
Designer Vasanti Unka
Title Hill and Hole by Kyle Mewburn and Vasanti Unka
Publisher Penguin Group (NZ)
Format 306 × 236mm, 32pp, paperback, gloss lamination, section sewn
Judges’ comments This quiet book of a hill and a hole becomes more luminous with every turn of the page. Each spread introduces a unique yet familiar visual landscape for the eye to feast on. The typography is clever, melding perfectly and never interfering with the rich, layered illustrations.
Designers Sarah Elworthy, David Elliot
Title The Moon and Farmer McPhee by Margaret Mahy, illustrated by David Elliot
Publisher Random House New Zealand
Format 297 × 210mm, 34pp, hardback with printed laminated case, die cut cover and endpapers, section sewn, internal pages feature die cuts, gatefolds and spot UV
Judges’ comments The hole in the cover invites the reader into the magical night-time world of the McPhee farm. The combination of text, illustrations and die cuts complement the story beautifully.