Thursday, May 20, 2010

Old Hu-Hu Takes Out Top Children’s Literature Prize

A gentle story about love and loss was the supreme winner at last night's New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards ceremony.

Old Hu-hu by Kyle Mewburn and illustrated by Rachel Driscoll won the feature award with their tale about a family of Hu-hu bugs and is described by publishers as a story of death and the celebration of life, reassuring children about losing a loved one.

Awards convener Rosemary Tindall said Old Hu-Hu was "the complete package".

"It is a tender story that focuses on the positive aspects of growing old without succumbing to sentimentality. Driscoll has also performed the amazing feat of making one of New Zealand's ugliest insects ... heroic and loveable."

My congratulations to Kyle and Rachel on their deserved win. We read Old Hu-Hu at our library playgroup this week and the children (and parents especially) really enjoyed it.

Of course my commiserations go to Craig Smith, author of The Wonkey Donky and his illustrator Katz Cowley for missing out on the big prize. The epically selling silly rhyming story that I adore did however take out the Children's Choice award and was said to be an easy winner of the votes.

For a complete list of winners in all the categories (and congrats to you all!) can be found here.

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