2018 French CCBC Book Awards Jury Comments

Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse ($50,000)
Sponsored by TD Bank Group
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ABCMTL
Written by Jeanne Painchaud (Montreal, QC)
Photographs by Bruno Ricca (Montreal, QC)
Éditions Les 400 coups
for ages 7 and up
“Photos and poetry take us on an interesting journey through the streets of Montreal introducing us to the people, sights and flavours one might encounter… Poetic text and remarkable photographs make this a book for all ages…”

Bleu
Written and illustrated by Philippe Béha (Acton-Vale, QC)
Éditions de l’Isatis
for ages 4 and up
“Tender illustrations unquestionably recall the world of Chagall… Evocative and accessible poems invite the reader to dream and experience a range of emotions… This is the kind of picture book the make readers want to create!”

Le chemin de la montagne
Written and illustrated by Marianne Dubuc (Montreal, QC)
Comme des géants
for ages 4 and up
“A sweet allegory of intergenerational friendship and an ode to the happiness of simple things… Lulu’s perception of the world is transformed by her relationship with Madame Blaireau… and she learns to appreciate the beauties of the world… The tenderness of the subject is echoed in the illustrations.”

Gilles
Written and illustrated by Mathieu Lavoie (Montreal, QC)
Comme des géants
for ages 3 and up
“One cannot help but fall for this beautiful book… the illustrations are simple but full of movement and colour, and the text is rhythmic and humorous… A beautiful and flawless picture book!”

Pow Pow, t’es mort!
Written by Marie-Francine Hébert (Montreal, QC)
Illustrated by Jean-Luc Trudel (Montreal, QC)
Éditions Les 400 coups
for ages 7 and up
“Hébert tackles the subject of war in her portrayal of two contrasting protagonists — Manu and Unam, one who sees war as a game and the other who experiences it as a harsh reality… Sober and rhythmic writing combined with Trudel’s sparse and striking illustrations make this an eloquent picture book that raises the awareness of children facing war.”

JURY MEMBERS: Noë Crospal, facilitator of children’s literature; Joël-Vincent Cyr, librarian; Marie-France Genest, librarian; Sophie Kurler, librarian; Sophie Michaud, lecturer, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières.

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Prix Harry Black de l’album jeunesse ($5,000)
Sponsored by Mary Macchiusi
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ABCMTL
Written by Jeanne Painchaud (Montreal, QC)
Photographs by Bruno Ricca (Montreal, QC)
Éditions Les 400 coups
for ages 7 and up
“In ABCMTL, Painchaud and photographer Ricca take a fresh and dynamic look at Montreal from a child’s perspective… In twenty-six letters, the reader will discover the charm and beauty of the city… Descriptive and poetic text juxtaposed with striking photographs present words that capture Montreal’s beauty.”

Le chemin de la montagne
Written and illustrated by Marianne Dubuc (Montreal, QC)
Comme des géants
for ages 4 and up
“A story of friendship, life’s lessons and perseverance… Beautifully told through narration and dialogue, Dubuc invites us into the heart of the protagonists’ thoughts… Her illustrations give us a splendid view of the setting and the beauty of the relationship between the characters… A work of great sensitivity!”

Je ne te vois plus
Written and illustrated by Paul Martin (Mont St-Hilaire, QC)
Éditions Les 400 coups
for ages 5 and up
“This minimalist text, accompanied by retro photographs with superimposed drawings, delicately addresses the topic of loss for young children… As the little girl notes the absence of her loved one she then remembers a happy moment they shared… A soothing conclusion emphasizes the roles of memories in order to keep those we love alive in our hearts.”

Mammouth Rock
Written by Eveline Payette (St-Lambert, QC)
Illustrated by Guillaume Perreault (Gatineau, QC)
Groupe d’édition la courte échelle
for ages 6 and up
“Louis, a passionate and well-informed presenter, captivates his class with his presentation about mammoth rock… A tribute to the lined three-holed notebook and inventiveness in all its forms, this little graphic novel will amuse young readers… Such fun!”

Riopelle, l’artiste magicien
Written by Marie Barguirdjian (Montreal, QC)
Éditions Edito
for ages 9 and up
“The tone is intimate and engaging… Barguirdjian plunges us into the captivating world of Jean-Paul Riopelle… Photographs, lyrics and Riopelle’s artistic creations are featured beautifully in this book… An extraordinary biography of an extraordinary artist!”

JURY MEMBERS: Danièle Courchesne, teacher; Marie Dupin de Saint-André, Editor-in-Chief, Le Pollen; Pascale Grenier, librarian, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec.

 


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