Saturday, March 03, 2018

791-792 (2018 #s 14-15). A Sibert and a Belpre

When the American Library Association (ALA) announced the winners of its annual Youth Media Awards on February 9, 2018,  I went to my local public library and checked out two more picture books that were honorees.


Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix, written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and June Jo Lee and illustrated by graffiti artist Man One, was a runner-up (Honor book) for the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for the most distinguished informational book for children.  The copyright page says, "The art was created in separate layers.  Most of the backgrounds were first spray-painted onto large canvas, then photographed.  The characters and detailed drawings were created in penciel, then 'inked' digitally on the computer, where all parts were then assembled."  Two-and-a-half of the three pages of back matter focus on the notes and biographies of the authors and illustrator, with just half a page of bibliography and resources.  The spare text comes across more as realistic fiction than an informational text. The book is based on a real person, but between the content and the illustrations, I think it's more suited for older children.


Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos, written by Monica Brown and illustrated by John Parra, was named a Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Book, given to "Latino/Latina ... illustrator[s] whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth."  With its emphasis on the artist as a child and all her pets, this book is definitely aimed at a younger audience, making the unusual Kahlo more accessible.  Parra's acrylic paintings remind the reader of Kahlo's work.  The book also has a great trailer!



© Amanda Pape - 2018

[These books were borrowed from and returned to my local public library.]

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