28/05/2012 by David Maybury · No Comments
It's here! The announcement of the Children’s Books Ireland Book Awards are here - notably without their long-term moniker, the Bisto. The awards have been an established institution in Irish children’s literature for more than 20 years and have an exciting and intrepid future in store.
We'll have full coverage of the announcement later today but if you need a quick refresher on the shortlist, never fear - how about some words from our reviewers!
Roddy Doyle - Greyhound of a Girl
It is a quotation which would easily serve as an epigraph for Roddy Doyle’s sixth children’s book, a novel which, in the opinion of this reviewer at least, surpasses any of his previous achievements in his writing for a young readership - Robert Dunbar
Siobhán Parkinson - Bruised
Bruised is a sensitive, unsentimental account that addresses important themes for today’s young readers. - Jo Holmwood
Celine Kiernan - Into the Grey
Siobhán Parkinson - Maitríóisce
Maitríóisce is a heart-warming book and having read it, many young (and older!) readers will look forward to Parkinson’s next book in Irish - Ríona Nic Conghail
Mark O'Sullivan - My Dad is Ten Years Old
An outstanding book for older teenagers. - Joe Kelly
Caitríona Hastings agus Andrew Whitson - Ó Chrann go Crann
An original, charming story with remarkable illustrations, Ó Chrann go Crann is an enjoyable and heart-warming tale - Aedín Clynes
Oliver Jeffers - Stuck
Oliver Jeffers has added an interesting new dimension to his hugely impressive caon of work - PJ Lynch
Paula Leyden - The Butterfly Heart
Leyden paints a picture of the textural beauty of Africa, and the richness of the people who inhabit it. - Mary Esther Judy
Derek Keilty - Will Gallows and the Snake Bellied Troll
Keilty makes great use of language, so much so that you can hear the voices of the characters as you read. With engaging illustrations by Jonny Duddle scattered throughout, readers are bound to find themselves enthralled. - Jennifer Connaughton
Congratulations to all of those shortlisted, the judging panel for their difficult decisions, and to CBI for ensuring the future of the awards!