Two Little Bugs picked up 'Book of the Year' at the PANZ New Zealand Book Design Awards (plus the award for 'Best Children's Book') last week! I was so thrilled for Ro - happily watching her from the crowd as she walked up to collect her award (she was speechless by the way, literally!).
As the book design had nothing to do with me and is entirely Ro's work I reckon I can say what a fab job Ro did! So much of the success and charm of the book hinges on the clever way Ro treated the illustrations and design. What I personally like so much about the design (aside from the fact that the holes in the pages allow the bugs to talk 'through the leaf' to each other), is that it plays an integral part in the storytelling. It's much more than just a flash graphic treatment and adds a whole new dimension for little minds to explore. Even the convening judge Jenny Nicholls (who described it as “a work of wonderful charm and considerable skill"), said that it made her feel like she was three all over again.
Sometimes I think I am the luckiest kids book author in the world to have Ro to illustrate my words. Love your work!
(ps. Check out the video below of all the winners)