The Caledecott is the award for best illustrations. We are especially excited because Brian is coming to the Dallas Museum of Art in June and we already have tickets! Yippee! I hope the event sells out, now that he is an award winner! This choice is considered quite unconventional since the book is 550 pages -- including more than 300 pages of stunning pencil drawings. Generally, the Caldecott is awarded to "picture books," the kind of wonderful publications that are generally read to young children (but adults also love!). I read Hugo Cabret to Claire and Benjamin and we all adored it. It's a brilliant combination of mystery, treasure hunt, cinema, comic book and adventure.
I just discovered that The Invention of Hugo Cabret has its own website! How cool is that?
Now that I've gushed about the book, get ready for some snark.
Brian Selznick was "interviewed" by Ann Curry on the Today Show yesterday. (Also being interviewed is Laura Amy Schlitz winner of the Newberry Medal for Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village.) You may watch the clip here. (First you'll have to watch an annoying commercial. I'm sorry.) Ok, did you watch the clip? Is it just me, or is Ann Curry simply awful?! She drives me bananas.
She said Ms. Schlitz's name wrong -- twice. She constantly interrupted the guests. She asked obvious, uninsightful questions. Her enthusiasm is too sickly sweet and unnatural. And worst... she said to Brian, "You actually DREW these pictures?!" Um... yes! It's an award for illustrations!
We're also excited because Mo Willems was awarded a Caldecott Honor Medal for Knuffle Bunny Too.
We adore the original Knuffle Bunny and all of Mo's pigeon books. And guess what?! Mo is also coming to the Dallas Museum of Art and we have tickets for his event too. Seriously, I am so excited and thrilled. (I was excited and thrilled even before they were winners. ) I think I'm a bit of a book dork. And I intend to raise my kids to be book dorks too.
I just discovered that Mo has a blog. And please note that Mo was also awarded the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for his book There is a Bird on Your Head. The Geisel Award is for books written for beginning readers. Double Hooray for Mo! And since we have a "beginning reader" here at our house, we'll add this to our library list.
The other 2008 Caldecott Honor Books are also on my library list. We're going right after school today! Add them to your list too. Even if you don't have kids -- they are quite inspiring and fun! Who doesn't love fun and inspiration?