by Yorick Goldewijk Films die nergens draaien (films that are not played anywhere) is this year’s winner Griffel Gouden (golden pencil), the Netherlands’ most prestigious award for children’s literature, was announced on Thursday.
Illustrator Raoul Deleo won the Gouden Thought (gold brush) for Terra Ultimaco-created with scientist and explorer Noah J. Stern.
Films die nergens draaien tells the story of 12-year-old Cato, who finds a ticket to a mysterious cinema. The jury described it as captivating and moving and “a magical book that shows what children’s literature can do”.
Terra Ultima, which won the Woutertje Pieterse Prize in April, is a journey of botanical discovery that takes readers to an imaginary continent populated by fantastical hybrid creatures. The book, the jury noted, appeals to all ages. The illustrations are “breathtaking and particularly finely drawn,” they said.
The Gouden Griffel and Gouden Penseel Prizes are awarded annually by the Book Marketing Foundation CPNB on the occasion of the week of the book for children, which starts this year on October 5th.
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