Friday, September 16, 2005

The Guardian Children's Fiction Prize

Hooray! Julia Eccleshare introduces the shortlist for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize in Saturday's Guardian.

On the list:

The Merrybegot by Julie Hearn
The Boy in the Burning House by Tim Wynne-Jones
The Hunted by Alex Shearer
The New Policeman by Kate Thomspon

Included with brief reviews of each novel are children's comments, which I think is great. That's what is difficult about children's literature. Sometimes what adults like isn't exactly what children like and vice-versa.

Prizes will be announced Oct. 1.

(The Merrybegot and The New Policeman have not been released yet in the U.S., unfortunately.)

Julia Eccleshare also reviews Terry Pratchett's picture book Where's My Cow in the same issue of Guardian. She ends her review with a warning: "like Sam's little boy, your toddler may replace their winsome baa-lamb noises with impersonations of Coffin' Henry and Foul Ole Ron."