Shaun Tan scoops another award

The Children’s Book Council of Australia Book Award winners were announced last week and Shaun Tan, an amazing illustrator and author scooped one of the top awards.  Shaun Tan is one of those illustrators that appeals hugely to adults as well as children and his artwork is absolutely stunning and quite surreal.  My mum, who has introduced me to so many great books since I was born, doesn’t like him because he’s a little too weird for her tastes, but it is this quirkiness that really appeals to me.  One of the main things I love about his illustrations is that they are quite different from book to book.  His latest book, Tales from Outer Suburbia, is the book that has won the Older Readers category of the CBCA Awards and it is the best example of his different styles.  It is a collection of  short stories that he has written and illustrated, some funny and some slightly disturbing.  Definitely check out his work, even if you don’t normally read picture books.

Although some of the other finalists in the awards did not win their category, several of my favourites got an Honour Award including The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness by Colin Thompson (in the Picture Book category) and A Rose for the ANZAC Boys by Jackie French (in the Older Readers category).  You can check out all the winners on the Children’s Book Council of Australia website which also has some links to the websites of Australian authors and illustrators.

Lots of fun at Storylines Family Day

The Storylines Family Day in Christchurch was held yesterday at the Town Hall and I was one of the lucky volunteers who got to meet lots of really great New Zealand authors, illustrators and performers.  There was something for everybody, from making your own bookmark, having your face painted and meeting Clifford the big red dog, to listening to Ken Catran, Margaret Mahy and Fleur Beale talk about their stories.  I always get a buzz from getting to meet and talk to authors whose books I enjoy and it’s even better when I can get my books signed.  The organisers deserve a huge congratulations for making it such a fun and entertaining day.  The family day in Christchurch is now a regular event and I’m sure next year’s one will be bigger and better.

Happy ending for Dell

Louie aka Dell
Louie aka Dell

… or Louie as we now know is his real name.

LibraryIT reports he’s been reunited with his family. He went missing six months ago but they checked him out carefully and recognised him as their cat. Louie himself was very happy, relaxed and purring –  leaving his IT carers convinced that he really was back where he belonged.

Thanks to Cath, Katie and all the lovely librarians and IT folk who kept him happy in his library sojourn. Bon voyage Louie.