The Klaus Flugge Prize celebrates the most promising and exciting newcomer to children’s picture book illustration. The shortlist for the 2022 award has just been announced.
An expert panel of judges, including creator of Meerkat Mail Emily Gravett and 2021 Klaus Flugge Prize winner Flavia Z. Drago have selected a shortlist of six superb picture books.
They were looking for fresh, exciting picture book illustrators and, after two years of pandemic isolation, stories that reflected our desire for community, freedom and joy. The six shortlisted books star a lonely mammoth (in New York), a bear with extraordinary hair, and an alley cat rally driver (at the wheel of a washing machine); one is set at the swimming pool, another on the deck of the RMS Carpathia, the ship that sailed to the Titanic’s rescue. Themes include the importance of choice, the urgency of cleaning our polluted oceans, and being yourself.
The six shortlisted books are:
Mammoth, Adam Beer, written by Anna Kemp, editor Helen Mackenzie Smith, art director Jane Buckley (Simon and Schuster)
The story of a mammoth with nobody to trumpet with, the judges found this joyful and full of humour.
Rescuing Titanic, Flora Delargy, editor Lucy Brownridge, art director Karissa Santos (Wide Eyed Editions)
Flora Delargy’s book is an illustrated version of the true story of the RMS Carpathia, which changed course mid voyage to help rescue survivors of the Titanic disaster. The judges found it full of drama.
Pierre’s New Hair, Joseph Hollis, editor Emilia Will, designer Jade Wheaton (Tate)
Pierre is a bear who loves hair and roller-skating. But can his moves and his quiff impress his favourite roller disco team, the Poodle Squad? The judges loved the anarchy and humour Joseph Hollis brings to his story.
The Tale of the Whale, Padmacandra, written by Karen Swann, editor Janice Thomson, designer Ness Wood (Scallywag Press)
A small child begins a magical journey on the back of a huge and beautiful baleen whale. Together they sail the oceans, dancing with dolphins, diving through the blue seas and exploring the ocean beds. Padmacandra’s images are full of atmosphere and beautiful to look at.
Choices, Roozeboos, designer Sarah Dellow (Child’s Play)
This book is all about choices: little ones (like which ice cream to have), big ones (such as whether to go on the super-duper giant slide), and whether to dive into the swimming pool, even though you are afraid. The message about the importance of making choices is subtly delivered, and Roozeboos is a great observer of humanity.
Alley Cat Rally, Ricky Trickartt, editor Emily Ball, designer Ivanna Khomyak (Flying Eye Books)
Asta the ginger cat reengineers the family washing machine into a racing car and signs on for the big cat auto race. She’s determined to show the other racers she’s no slow-poke… The judges loved the fizz and fun of Asta’s world and the clever details.
Find out more about all the books and their creators.
We’ve got a set of the six shortlisted books to give away. Simply email [email protected] by 30 June 2022 with the subject line ‘Klaus Flugge Prize 2022 shortlist‘. The winner will be picked at random after the closing date.