I wish I had come across this one when I was making my Mock Caldecott list because it would have made our final list for sure. If I was on the committee, this is one I would be championing for-the texture, the use of words in the art, the collage style-it's all fantastic.
I think this may be a strong year for honor books and we may end up with quite a few depending on how the committee discussion and voting shakes down.
I think this wordless book will be getting some love.
The detail! It's gotta count for something!
Caldecott Dark Horse:
I have two possible dark horses this year:
I've only recently been seeing Flashlight crop on other Mock lists. When this one came across my desk, myself and all of my staff immediately said Caldecott! I hope we're right!
Photography never does well in award discussions, but if any book can do it, I think Viva Frida can!
No surprise there-I think Brown Girl Dreaming is a shoe-in for the top title.
Maybe it's just because I adored this book and am attached to it personally, but I really would love to see Snicker get honored!
It would be great to see a book featuring an average kid and the writing here is above average!
Fantasy for the win please! I think Glass Sentence has fantastic world building that could help this one in the final push for an honor.
Newbery Dark Horse:
Last year showed us that beginning chapter books have a chance and if any early chapter book has a shot, I think Dory Fantasmagory can lend itself to some fantastic discussion. I would love to hear critical discussion about this one!
This one is tough because I think it's a close call between two books, but I think in the end it will be Grasshopper Jungle.
I think Glory O'Brien's History of the Future is the other book that could end up winning and it's a close call, but I think one will be the winner and one will be an honor book. I would love to see both with shiny stickers on them!
Andrew Smith is a powerhouse writer and I think he can pull of an epic Printz Win and Honor this year!
If we see any non-fiction honored this year by the Printz committee, I think it will the Romanovs.
Printz Dark Horse:
I had a hard time thinking of a Printz Dark Horse just because I think the contenders are so strong this year. But if I had to pick one, I think would go with:
What are your predictions this year? Anything I left out?