Students from Brooke Weston met Levi Pinfold, who has just been announced as the winner of this year’s prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal. Levi spoke about his art and writing career at the event, held at Corby Business Academy.
Librarian Mrs Adams said: ‘The Carnegie Award and Greenaway Medals are presented each year to the author of the best children’s book and best illustrated book respectively. The awards are is always fiercely contested and schools from all over the country take part in ‘shadowing events’ where they meet to discuss all the shortlisted titles.’
Earlier this month our students went to a shadowing event at Lodge Park where they took part in quizzes and discussions. Zoe Bezzina won a prize in the ‘book push’ after championing her favourite title.
Mrs Adams said: ‘Some of the shortlisted books are absolutely fantastic. The one that we voted for was ‘Wonder’ by R.J. Palacio. It is about August who is going into Year 7 and has a strong facial disfigurement. The story is told from multiple points of view, his, his friend and his sister and it goes into their stories too. It is about starting school and developing friendship groups. Some of the Carnegie books are quite weighty and tackle mature subjects such as Codename Verity which is based on fact and tells the story of a girl fighter pilot in World War Two. Having such a variety in the titles and subject matter is good as the reading groups spans a few year groups, so there is generally something to appeal to everyone.
‘It is amazing to have met and talked to Levi Pinfold, whose book, Black Dog, has just been announced as the Greenaway Medal winner. The dog in the title is an analogy for fear and it gets smaller the more it is faced in the book. The illustrations are lovely. Levi talked about his work and his influences. CILIP described the book as “A visual treat, full of mood and atmosphere, the beautiful illustrations are full of detail and perfectly in keeping with the story. The use of scale, with the big dog pushing the text off the page, is clever. A timeless, thought-provoking book about facing up to anxiety, fears, and the black dog that visits some of us from time-to-time.”’