Monday, January 26, 2009

Score!!! Book Awards Everywhere!

I'm sure you've already heard, but just in case you haven't, Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book won the Newbery Medal!!! Yay yay yayyyy! You might remember that I freakin' loved it and wrote a very gushy review for Bibliobuffet. If you weren't motivated enough to read it already, let this be the gush that pushes you over the edge! Click here to read Neil's delighted reaction to his win.

When I heard that Susan Marie Swanson's The House in the Night, illustrated by Beth Krommes, won the Caldecott Medal, I hurried right out to my library and picked it up. Click on either of the images from the book to enlarge--you won't be sorry.

The House in the Night is a subtle little book written as a cumulative poem--like the structure of "This is the House That Jack Built." It takes the reader through a house at night--a little girl's room, into a book, we get a bit of a bird's song, a look at the moon, etc. The illustrations are certainly the centerpiece. Beth Krommes' wood engravings are powerful, dramatic, and just really stunning. I couldn't stop petting the pages as I was reading through. Here's another one...

Visit Beth Krommes website for more of her gorgeous illustrations.

In other bookish news, I'm thoroughly involved in Lauren Groff's book of short stories, Delicate Edible Birds, and I have a slew of other great tomes screaming at me from the stacks. I think the short stories are good for my waning attention span. Can't wait to dive back in (if I can force myself off the computer).

Happy Monday!


  1. Ohhhhh the illustrations are beautiful! I will have to check that out for sure!

  2. Thanks for the Gaiman link; that was priceless. Oh, and for the illustrations; I hadn't even heard of that book before. I guess that's one thing that the awards do, huh?

  3. I find myself wanting to read shorter works lately, too. If I could just get these darned library books finished up! :-)


  4. They're freakin' fantastic, Cold.

    Melissa, no problem! Isn't Neil fun? lol I hadn't heard of The House in the Night before today, but I think it's very deserving of its medal. Krommes' work is soooo cool.

    Lezlie, I'm all about the shorties. Anything to make me feel like I'm making headway and not just treading water. I've all but stalled out on The Hour I First Believe.

  5. I'm soooo excited about The Graveyard Book winning the Newbery! Yeah! I adored that book.

  6. Me too, Tammy! They did a good job with that pick for sure!

  7. I was thrilled that The Graveyard Book won the Newbery! No one deserved it more than was just fantastic. I loved his response too...I think he still doesn't believe it :p

    I'll have to check out The House in the Night! It looks great!!

  8. I'm still waiting to get my hands on a copy of The Graveyard Book. I didn't really care for Gaiman's YA novel Coraline but this one sounds terrific.

  9. I love that you are petting the pages! I can't wait to check out both of the books!!

  10. Did you hear the news about Sapphire's PUSH? I only caught the end of the announcement, it seems that her novel has been made into a film and it won some awards. Have to get back to you on the particulars.

  11. His blog post was great. I must get this book!

    Looking forward to your review of the Groff book. I tried to read her novel last year and unfortunately couldn't really get into it but now I keep hearing about her book and how great it is. I think I should pick it up again one of these days and see if it works this time around!

  12. Those are nice illustrations, and it's fun to see something long written in verse for once.

  13. I'm thrilled The Graveyard Book won! I loved it as well. I hadn't read the other one, but the illustrations are gorgeous!

  14. I was ecstatic when I heard the Graveyard Book won! It definitely deserved it. As for the second book - the illustrations are gorgeous!

    I'll have to add this to my to-read-list. :)

  15. Wow, I checked out Krommes website and her illustrations are amazing. I love the way she uses subtle smatterings of color, it really draws the eye to take a deeper look.

  16. I LOVED The Graveyard Book and I'm pumped that it won the Newberry. I heard about it on his blog, and what a great story! He is definitely deserving!

  17. I was so glad to hear about The Graveyard Book. And a little surprised. But hey....Gaiman rocks!!

  18. Chris, I definitely think he was in shock. I love those reactions. :)

    Dennis, I liked Coraline a lot, The Graveyard Book is more sweeping. I hope you like it!

    Funky, bump The Graveyard Book to the top of your stacks! I think you'd like it a lot.

    Fem, I saw a short blurb about it on one website or another this morning. Apparently it's doing well at film festival, but they're having trouble finding a distributor. I can't imagine it, but I'm sure I'll go see it if/when it comes out.

    Iliana, I had it from the library, but I didn't have time to start it. After Delicate Edible Birds I will definitely snatch it back up again.

    Stu, it is nice to see some verse!

    Lisa, House in the Night is worth a look for sure!

    Lena, I just can't say enough good things about The Graveyard Book. Snatch The House in the Night from you library. The illustrations are spectacular.

    Joanne, I agree. Her illustrations are very rich and dramatic, and the little pops of color enhance them so much.

    Amen, Kim! And he's so humble. I just love his shocked reaction.

    Stephanie, I was surprised, too. Good surprised, but still surprised.

  19. I really enjoyed The Graveyard Book as well and am trying to get my husband to read it next. I love the illustrations in The House in the Night, I must check the book out thanks!


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