Each year, the Canada Council for the Arts honours the best books in Canadian literature with the Governor General’s Literary Awards. This year, we have a finalist for Children’s Illustration. Huge congratulations to Julie Morstad for her fantastic artwork on Julia, Child by Kyo Maclear.
“Julia, Child is not only a book about the joy of cooking, but the wonder of childhood, and, like the best cooking, is meant to be savored…. I guarantee it’ll leave you hungry.” – The National Post
“Maclear works in a genre that I believe she has invented: the fictional childhood anecdote of a famous person. Here she takes elements from the life of chef Julia (no-comma) Child and transposes them to the childhood of a little girl, also named Julia. Morstad’s illustrations, which show children in full colour and adults in line-drawn black and white, are full of jokey details…. The sight of adults running amok is always a pleasure…. And what child has not come to the conclusion, along with Julia, that ‘too many grown-ups don’t have the proper ingredients’?” – Featured Review, Quill and Quire
Congratulations to the other finalists in children’s illustration!
Marie-Louise Gay – Any Questions? by Marie-Louise Gay
Qin Leng – Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki
Renata Liwska – Once Upon a Memory by Nina Laden
Jillian Tamaki – This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
Go online to discover the year’s best books and their authors, illustrators and translators, on the new interactive GG website. Follow the conversation on Twitter through @CanadaCouncil and by using the hashtag #GGbooks. Like the GGs on Facebook for all the latest updates.
The winners of the 2014 Governor General Literary Awards will be announced on Wednesday, November 26 at 6 pm at Rideau Hall, in Ottawa.