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The Midnight Fair

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Danica Novgorodoff’s illustrated edition of Jason Reynold’s 2019 Carnegie-shortlisted book, Long Way Down (Faber) wins the Yoto Kate Greenaway Medal – the first graphic novel to win since Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas in 1973.

The Midnight Fair | Centre for Literacy in Primary Education

Notably a pair of bears ladened with an oversized prize teddy bear and a young wolf who wins a goldfish at a hoopla stall.The fish that is won in this book is carried about the whole night and the next day the animal that won the fish tips the fish into a lake. And there’s plenty of visual humour, too, such as when one anxious bear hides its eyes during a scary dodgem-car ride. He focused on poetry for approximately the next two decades, only reading a novel cover to cover for the first time at age 17.

The Midnight Fair — Tim Warnes The Midnight Fair — Tim Warnes

Decoding the images in such books can be enjoyable, absolutely, but the best wordless titles are the ones that tamp down on confusion, offering the reader a plunge into storytelling beyond the written word. Only the silhouettes of the creatures can be seen against the dark forest, along with many pairs of glowing eyes, moving toward the now-quiet fairground.

You guys are such a force for good and I am a passionate supporter of Indie booksellers, so I'm so happy this worked out well (I'd love to know how many books were sold if you have it to hand - it felt like quite a lot! The judges were “blown away” by her “powerful and immersive illustrations” and said that the “union of brutal reality with the delicacy of watercolours as an artistic device is surprising and breath-taking in its execution”.

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