Scholastic New Zealand Award for Best Children’s Book
|Designer Ali Teo and John O’Reilly
Title Melu by Kyle Mewburn,
illustrated by Ali Teo and
Format 265 x 215mm, 32pp, hardback with printed laminated case, matt lamination with spot UV
Judges' Comments From start to finish, this book exudes a quiet confidence indicative of designers in full command of their craft. As reviewers have pointed out, Melu contains a lot of words for a picture book, but nowhere does it look cluttered. Good taste, a sure touch and a fine sense of balance rule throughout.
|Designer Megan van Staden (cover),
Bruce Foster (interior), illustrations
by Gregory O’Brien
Title The ACB with Honora Lee by
Kate De Goldi
Publisher Random House
Format 198 x 148mm, 128pp, unjacketed hardback with printed laminated case, quarter bound, matt lamination with spot UV
Judges' Comments Everything in this book, from the striking cover through to the final page, works in pleasing harmony. It has a quirky grace and charm unlike anything else currently on the bookshelves.
|Designer Rowan Sommerset
Title I Love Lemonade by Mark and Rowan Sommerset
Publisher Dreamboat Books
Format 214 x 214mm, 32pp, hardback with printed laminated case, matt lamination with spot UV, section sewn
The designer here is also the illustrator and she has put much thought into every hand-lettered page, from the ghostlike lemons in the endpapers and the sly illustration on the imprint page to the mischievous crossings-out in the author credits and the spoof reviews on the back cover. The book as a whole has a cheeky personality that will appeal to children.