Valeria Petrone is pleased to announce that her illustrations for “Abitare Sottosopra, un Parco di Notte” and “Tilda e la Luna” have received the ‘distinguished merit’ and ‘merit’ awards, respectively, from the 3×3 Magazine Picture Book Annual – wonderful!
Valeria’s strong graphic work appeals to adults and children alike, but there’s no ignoring the fact that the “cute factor” is totally maxed out in her adorable picturebooks.
Sometimes it’s best to let the art speak for itself….congratulations, Valeria!
Victo Ngai has some pretty major news: the talented artist is honored to announce that her piece “Forest of Memory” has been nominated for a Chelsey Award!
“Forest of Memory”, by Victo Ngai:
The Chelsey Awards, which were established by the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, recognize individual artistic achievement for any given year. You can take a look at all of 2017’s nominees here, and check out the artists in the “Best Cover” category here.
But ladies and gentlemen, we are not quite through – Victo has also been nominated for a Hugo Award in the “best professional artists” category! This is an incredibly prestigious honor from members of the Science Fiction community. Worldcon 75 members are now eligible to begin voting – but you know who we’ll be rooting for!
EDIT: Just as we were posting the above news, Victo sent us yet another update – she is also a top ten finalist for the Locus Award! Winners for this annual prize are selected by members of the Locus Magazine community. It goes without saying that winning the popular vote would be quite an honor. We will be sure to keep you updated as the results come in.
Victo’s contemporary interpretation was embraced by the art director, much to her liking:
“Art director Madeline and I agreed that a modern interpretation that’s more whimsical and less propagandistic was preferable. I believe Four Freedoms remain applicable today. And they are rights that everyone, not just one country or one group of people, deserve. So I decided to go a different route and forgo depicting human altogether. I wasn’t sure if this unorthodox interpretation would fly but Madeline being wonderful as usual, was completely on board with the pitch. Thank you Madeline!”
Take a look at Victo’s blog to see all of the images, and to learn more about this cool project.
So much work goes into creating a beautiful children’s book, and thankfully, much of the “behind the scenes” effort ultimately reveals itself in the quality of the illustrations and engaging storylines. However, it’s incredible to consider the amount of work that many artists and authors put into helping to market these gems after they hit the market – and one way that they often try to reach their target audience is through blog posts and guest blogging.
Susan Gal recently did a terrific job discussing her work on “Abracadabra, it’s Spring!” and we are delighted to share her post with you.
The Children’s Book Council, one of North America’s foremost supporters of children’s literature and reading, recently honored “Rock-A-Bye Romp,” a darling play on the famous lullaby, written by Linda Ashman and illustrated by our own Simona Mulazzani.
Their “Hot off the Press” list, which features anticipated bestsellers, is a unique and impressive collection of fun titles, and we couldn’t be happier to see Simona in such nice company.
“Apes A-Go-Go!,” the catchy title from avant garde fashion designer-turned-author Roman Milisic and our very own A. Richard Allen, has been receiving warm praise in the UK for its endearing and wacky narrative.
But our furry friends cannot be contained! No no – in fact, they will be headed stateside, where they will be gracing the shelves of children everywhere. You have been forewarned!
Knopf/Random House has picked up this fun title and is very excited to be releasing it in July. Moreover, we are delighted that the news is spreading quickly, as Kirkus gave “Apes A-Go-Go” a very nice review, which you can read here.
Congratulations, Richard! We can’t wait to see this book on our local shelves!