A number of our books have been selected for the prestigeous "White Ravens" annual catalogue of international book recommendations compiled by the International Youth Library in Munich. Of the 200 kids & YA books selected from around the world, we're delighted that Australian titles Pandora Jones: Admission by Barry Jonsberg and The Duck and the Darklings by Glenda Millard and Stephen Michael King were selected, alongside Any Questions? by Marie-Louise Gay and Nosy Crow's Use Your Imagination by Nicola O'Byrne.
Here's what the judges had to say about the books:
"Glenda Millard uses imaginative language to tell this moving tale of a post-apocalyptic world. Her evocative word-creations and expressions add a wondrous touch to the tale. Stephen Michael King’s illustrations transform the poetic text into a visual feast that perfectly expresses the mood of the story. The main protagonists, depicted in his trademark line drawings, are set against a background of oppressing black and blue, combined with planes of beige and splashes of bright, hopeful colours. (Age: 5+)"
"Pandora Jones starts with a bang that immediately arouses the readers’ curiosity. The eponymous heroine is allegedly one of only a few thousand survivors of a worldwide pandemic. Using a fast-paced third-person narration and a cast of believable characters, Jonsberg has created a page-turner full of suspense and gory details that surprises readers with one shocking revelation after the next and raises more questions than it answers. (Age: 14+)"
"In her trademark style of wriggly lines and soft watercolours accentuated by patches of bolder colours and collage, she addresses issues as diverse as colour choice, doodling, the mood of a story, words or phrases that inspire her, writer’s block, and many more. However this is not a dry, fact-filled instruction manual – far from it. Marie-Louise Gay devises a gang of eager child characters who accompany her on her journey through the forest of imagination and can try their hands at a fictional story that is embedded in the middle. This enchanting book is sure to unlock its readers’ creative powers immediately. (Age: 6+)"
"Following in the footsteps of the award-winning Open Very Carefully, Nicola O’Byrne’s latest picture book sheds light on the mechanisms of storytelling and the power of imagination. The uncluttered illustrations put a clear focus on the two protagonists, the harmonious marriage of amusing pictures and a witty, understated text will delight readers with every turn of the page. (Age: 3+)"
The International Youth Library is the world’s largest library for international children’s and youth literature. Founded in 1949, it has grown to become the internationally recognized centre for children’s and youth literature. The White Raven label is given to books that "deserve worldwide attention because of their universal themes and/or their exceptional and often innovative artistic and literary style and design". This year’s White Ravens catalogue contains 200 titles in 36 languages from 55 countries. There are short reviews of all the books available on their website www.ijb.de.
by Barry Jonsberg
Pandora Jones wakes in a changed world at The School - a sanctuary for survivors of a plague pandemic. Haunted by terrible dreams, surrounded by traumatic events, Pandora must trust her instincts if she is to stay safe. And her instincts suggest that The School is hiding secrets. The first book in a brilliant YA series by a multi-award-winning author.
by Glenda Millard and Stephen Michael King
Peterboy wants to find something special for his grandfather, but he finds a fallen duck in need of care. This is an extraordinary and totally enchanting story of friendship, hope and joy from two very talented, award-winning picture-book makers.