Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Caldecott and Newbery Medals 2013

Caldecott Medal, 2013

This Is Not My Hat was written and illustrated by Jon Klassen and is the newest picture book winner! (Another of Klassen’s books, Extra Yarn, was named as an honor book this year.) This story is about a small fish who steals a (small) hat from a large fish. For some reason the small fish thinks he can keep this (small) hat. The plot shows how the large fish searches for his hat among all the weeds in the ocean. This is almost a “search and find” kind of story. The reader is determined to find that hat among the weeds but the illustrator does a beautiful job of “hiding” that hat. This is a fun, quirky little book. I love it.

Newbery Medal, 2013

The One and Only Ivan, written by Katherine Applegate, is a lovely (and that term is not used often to describe a Newbery winner.) story about a gentle gorilla named Ivan, two sweet elephants, and a feisty little dog. These animals were hurt and eventually cut from a circus and put on display at a shopping mall. Ivan the gorilla becomes an artist after lessons from a young girl named Julia. The description at the front of this book calls this a story of friendship, art, and hope. For sure.

Book Reviews by Susan Berry

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