Regina author Rolli received the inaugural $1000 Oy Vey! award in honour of beloved children’s author Joan Betty Stuchner. The Oy Vey! jury of children’s authors Caroline Adderson, Silvana Goldemberg and Cindy Heinrichs considered fifty very funny books before coming up with a shortlist of five titles. Rolli’s Kabungo, illustrated by Milan Pavlovic and published by Groundwood Books in 2016, was deemed to have had the jury most buckled over with guffaws, incapacitated with giggles, and/or rib-ticklingly, side-splittingly, thigh-slappingly entertained.
The other shortlisted titles were:
The Princess and the Pony, written and illustrated by Kate Beaton, Arthur A. Books, 2015
The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold, written by Maureen Fergus and illustrated by Cale Atkinson, Tundra Books, 2016
Move It, Miss Mackintosh!, written by Peggy Robbins Janousky and illustrated by Meghan Lands, Annick Press 2016
The Liszts, written by Kyo Maclear and illustrated by Júlia Sardà, Tundra Books 2016
The second biannual Joan Betty Stuchner Oy Vey! Funniest Children’s Book Award will be presented in 2019. For more information, please visit www.joanbettystuchneraward.org.
About Joan Betty Stuchner:
Joan Betty Stuchner, beloved children’s author and teacher, passed away unexpectedly in 2014. Joan was many things — brave, gracious, warm, generous, kind and absolutely hilarious to boot. (“Oy vey!” she’s probably saying now…) With this award we honour Joan’s life-affirming humour and encourage other children’s writers to laugh it up on the page the way she did.