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2008 Caldecott and Newbery Books

Posted by freeschool on January 17, 2008

Hugo Cabret book cover image

The 2008 Caldecott and Newbery Award winners have been announced and it looks like there are some great ones!  What’s most interesting about the Caldecott winner is that it is a 500 page graphic novel (read: comic book).

The winner of the Caldecott is  The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick.

“From an opening shot of the full moon setting over an awakening Paris in 1931, this tale casts a new light on the picture book form. Hugo is a young orphan secretly living in the walls of a train station where he labors to complete a mysterious invention left by his father. In a work of more than 500 pages, the suspenseful text and wordless double-page spreads narrate the tale in turns. Neither words nor pictures alone tell this story, which is filled with cinematic intrigue. Black & white pencil illustrations evoke the flickering images of the silent films to which the book pays homage.

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies book cover imageThe winner of the Newbery is Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz.

…thirteenth-century England springs to life using 21 dramatic individual narratives that introduce young inhabitants of village and manor; from Hugo, the lord’s nephew, to Nelly, the sniggler. Schlitz’s elegant monologues and dialogues draw back the curtain on the period, revealing character and relationships, hinting at stories untold. Explanatory interludes add information and round out this historical and theatrical presentation.

2008 Caldecott Honor Books are:

2008 Newbery Honor Books are:

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