The Curioseum – 2015 Best Children’s Book finalist

Scholastic New Zealand Award for
Best Children’s Book 2015

Highly Commended 2015

The Curioseum book cover

Designer Sarah Laing
Title The Curioseum: Collected Stories of the Odd and Marvellous, edited by Adrienne Jansen, illustrated by Sarah Laing
Publisher Te Papa Press
Format 198 x 130mm, 160pp, paperback with flaps. Cover printed on unlaminated and uncoated card with embossing.

Judges’ Comments A great example of how a children’s book need not be childish. The Curioseum is the story version of a ‘wunderkammer’ (a cabinet of curiosities) and that theme runs strong throughout, from the brilliant cover which perfectly balances the illustration, type, colour, paper stock and embossing to achieve a design with an intangible quality. The miscellany of stories within are supported by delightful illustrations and hand-drawn drop caps throughout, and the use of hand-rendered type for chapter headings is nicely integrated, all making for an engaging and fun read.

Curioseum contents pageCurioseum spread 16-17Curioseum spread pages 34-35Curioseum spread 88-89Curioseum spread 146-14

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