Tuesday, 24 February 2009

More Finger-Crossing Please!


I've had a very exciting email from Egmont Children's Books...

I am thrilled to be able to tell you that A Lark in The Ark has been shortlisted for this year's Red House Children's Book Award!


For those who don't know the story, the animals in the ark play hide-and-seek, but hide in Noah's bedroom, which is out of bounds! You have to lift all sorts of flaps to find them, but the thing that makes it so brilliant, is that you discover them dressed up in Noah and Mrs Noah's clothes! Not only that, but everything rhymes: bears in flares, goats in coats, llamas in pyjamas...

So for example, t
his is what you see before you open the flaps:



And this is what you discover underneath:

Well done Peter for coming up with such a funny idea - I'm astounded at how many rhyming combos you came up with!!

The Red House is a bit special, as all the voting is all done by children and the award is run entirely by volunteers from all over the country, belonging to the Federation of Children's Books. I really admire the Federation: mounting the award each year is a humongous task, involving massive commitment from people who give their time simply because they are passionate about children's reading.


The winners will be announced at a ceremony on June 6th, but in the meantime, if you want to vote, click here.

I have been shortlisted a couple of times before, so I know how lovely the day is. All the shortlisted authors and illustrators are invited, along with some of the very children who have done the voting: groups travel from all over the country to meet their favourite authors, and we all sit down to a meal together.

I really enjoyed illustrating Peter's wonderfully silly text, so I'm chuffed to bits to hear that children obvious love it too.

11 comments:

Buskitten said...

Congratulations, Lynne - and fingers and paws crossed for you!

Jessie Lilac said...

Well done Lynne :)x

J. E. Morris said...

Congratulations! That's terrific! I love the goats in coats.

Doda said...

How exciting. Well done.
I've not seen this book. I'll need to ask the library to get this in for my little one- she'd love this!

quiltcat said...

Congratulations, Lynne! Looks like a very fun book indeed! (heads off to amazon.com/amazon.co.uk to check on availability...)

Carla said...

Well done. Grest news!

memi said...

Congratualtions, Lynne!
I will be crossing my fingers for you!

Ira Robbins said...

Best of luck Lynne.

cassia said...

Brilliant, missus! You're the Kate Winslet of the children's book industry! Welldone indeed. cxxx

Lynne Chapman said...

Thanks all for your good wishes! Got pipped at the post for the Coventry award, so it´s great to have something else so hot on its heels.

cathyjune said...

Your work is delightful Lynne! Here's wishing the best for you.