Archive for December 20th, 2013

by Sam Juliano

If ever a picture book was tailor-made to win a Caldecott Medal, Peter Brown’s Mr. Tiger Goes Wild pushes all the right buttons.  First off, the esteemed author-illustrator won a Caldecott Honor last year for his pencil colored illustrations to the spook themed Creepy Carrots, written by Aaron Reynolds.  The general rule of thumb is that one or more silver medals usually leads to the gold, but like all other awards it invariably is contingent on timing and the strength of the competition.  There is also the little matter of “taste,” which more often than not divides those teachers, librarians and book fans who annually express some issues with the final edict.  Such was certainly the case two years ago when the association inexplicably gave the Caldecott Medal (for the second time) to abstract artist Chris Raschka for the lightweight A Ball for Daisy, just a few years after he had won his first gold medal for The Hello Goodbye Window.  Raschka’s win shocked many, since the same year featured one of the most beautifully illustrated books of all-time with Lane Smith’s Grandpa Green.    (more…)

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