IBBY Canada (International Board on Books for Young People, Canadian section) has announced the winner of the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award. The 2018 winner is A Pattern for Pepper, written and illustrated by Julie Krauis and published by Tundra Books.
About the book, the jurors said “What an original book this is! Julie Kraulis gives a lesson on fabric patterns and their origins in this story about Pepper who needs a special dress for a special occasion. There is a nostalgic feel to the book as Pepper goes to the tailor shop with her mother to choose just the right fabric for her dress. The illustrations in oil are filled with patterns in the background as well as with images of who wore what and where the fabrics came from. Pixie-like and curious, Pepper is depicted in a variety of poses and is hard at work designing her dress as the tailor sets to his task. Both a documentary and an endearing story, A Pattern for Pepper, is a delicate and delightful confection.”
The jury selected two honours books: Town Is by the Sea, illustrated by Sydney Smith and written by Joanne Schwartz (Groundwood Books, 2017) and When the Moon Comes, illustrated by Matt James and written by Paul Harbridge (Tundra Books, 2017).
IBBY Canada’s Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award was established in 1985 and honours one of Canada’s distinguished book illustrators; the winner receives $1,000.