Hilarious new picture books

There have been lots of great new picture books coming out lately, especially ones that’ll have you and your children laughing out loud at the silly antics of farm animals, a nanny goat that adopts a tiger, and a boy who wears nothing but green.

  • Cover imageIn The Nanny Goat’s Kid, the amazing picture book duo of Tony Ross and Jeanne Willis tell us the story of the Nanny Goat who can’t have children but adopts one instead.  He’s different from all the other kids – he’s a tiger cub!  When the other kids start to go missing, everyone blames the Nanny Goat’s Kid, but was it really him?  Another quirky story from this talented team that older children will enjoy too.
  • The Gobble, Gobble, Mooooo Tractor Book is the latest book by Jez Alborough, the very clever author who introduced us to Duck in the Truck.  One morning, while the farmer is still asleep, Sheep climbs up onto the tractor and starts making tractor sounds.  Soon all the other animals join in and they’re making so much noise that they wake up the farmer, but what will happen next?  Parents and children will have fun making the animal sounds together and laughing at the animal’s antics.
  • Green by Mark Sperring and illustrated by Leo Timmers is the story of Clive who wears nothing but green.  “Green shoes, green socks and a bright green hat.”  His sister is forever teasing him, telling him he looks like a cabbage, a toad, and a beastly bug (among other green things), until one day he decides that he has had enough.  A hilarious book about sibling squabbles, with bright, bulgey illustrations by Leo Timmers.

Neil Gaiman takes out 2010 Carnegie Medal

Neil Gaiman has been awarded the most sought after prize for children’s fiction in the UK, the CILIP Carnegie Medal, for his book, The Graveyard Book.  This is the second major prize that Gaiman has won for The Graveyard Book as he won the US equivalent of the prize, the Newberry medal, making him the first author to win both the prizes for the same book.  Although it wasn’t my favourite book in the shortlist (I would have voted for Patrick Ness’ Ask and the Answer) Neil Gaiman is a fantastic writer and definitely deserves the praise.

Australian illustrator, Freya Blackwood is the winner of the 2010 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, the UK’s most prestigious award for children’s illustration.  Her book, Harry and Hopper is a moving book about a young boy Harry, who has to come to terms with the sudden death of his best friend, his dog Hopper.  The judges commented that “Freya Blackwood excels in her use of muted colour, perspective, and exterior and interior space to give a powerful take on the father-son relationship, and a much-loved pet’s death. A sensitive issue for young children is beautifully handled, with Harry’s emotions and memories of Hopper expressed visually to great effect.”  It is a beautifully produced book and a well-deserved winner.

Check out the shortlist from this year’s Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal , as well as videos from the awards presentation on the awards website.