Wednesday, March 30, 2011

OH HAPPY ASTRID LINDGREN-SHAUN TAN DAY!

Congratulations Shaun Tan, it's certainly your year!

Today he is the winner of the prestigious (and lucrative) Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

what the jury had to say:

Shaun Tan is a masterly visual storyteller, pointing the way ahead to new possibilities for picture books. His pictorial worlds constitute a separate universe where nothing is self-evident and anything is possible. Memories of childhood and adolescence are fixed reference points, but the pictorial narrative is universal and touches everyone, regardless of age.

Behind a wealth of minutely detailed pictures, where civilization is criticized and history depicted through symbolism, there is a palpable warmth. People are always present, and Shaun Tan portrays both our searching and our alienation. He combines brilliant, magical narrative skill with deep humanism.

2 comments:

  1. OMG! What wonderful news. I am so thrilled for Shaun and for the Aus kids lit industry in general. That's TWO Astrids in quick succession. Hooray for Sonya and Shaun! Thanks for the update, kate. jxx

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  2. SO well-deserved! I have a picture of Eric on my desk. I hope he doesn't realise he's famous and run away...with his little peanut shell suitcase.

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