Shortlist for the Klaus Flugge Prize

The shortlist for the 2019 Klaus Flugge Prize was announced last night. This award highlights the most promising and exciting newcomer to picture book illustration. Here are the 6 shortlisted books and the comments made by the judges. The winner will be announced on the 11th September.


JulianJulian Is A Mermaid by Jessica Love

A wonderful story celebrating individuality and freedom of expression.

Judges comments : “it reminded me of Sendak, it’s hard to believe it’s a debut; the illustrations say things that words would struggle to express; delivers an important message without feeling didactic”




Looking after Daddy

Looking After Daddy by Eve Coy

A very sweet story about a little girl and her stay-at-home Dad.

Judges comments : “the images tell their own stories; really good interplay between text and illustration; I smiled all the way through”





I can;t fly

I Can Fly by Fifi Kuo

Penguin would love to be able to fly just like the other birds. Will he succeed?

Judges comments : “a beautiful book; a lovely sense of movement; the story has been done before but she’s transformed it; fantastic drawing skills, every penguin is different”





Extraordinary Gardener

The Extraordinary Gardener by Sam Boughton

A celebration of nature and the joy it can bring into people’s lives.

Judges comments : “there’s an exuberance in the artwork; some wonderful spreads and Joe’s urban world is really well done; it has real child appeal”






King who banned the dark

The King Who Banned the Dark by Emily Haworth-Booth

The king is afraid of the dark and decides to ban it. But we need the dark to appreciate the light. A story of power and rebellion.

Judges comments : “a great idea and it really makes the most of light and dark; there’s lots of variety in the use of page layout, and lots of surprises; it’s full of energy and humour”





Red and the city

Red and the City by Marie Voigt

A witty retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, with the city playing the role of the wolf.

Judges comments : “the characters are simply drawn but have real personality; there’s a European feel to the artwork; a clever, multi-layered retelling of a well-known story”




You can read more about what Anthony Browne (one of the judges) says about each of the shortlisted books on Booktrust’s website.




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