I have been without the internet for a couple of days which is bad timing because so much has happened this week...the great children's fantasy writer Diana Wynne Jones died on 26th March aged 77. She will be sadly missed by those children who revel in fantasy because together with Eva Ibbotson, who sadly also died last year they offered so much, long before J.K. Rowling was on the scene.
And the other news, Australian Shaun Tan won the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Award, so soon after also winning an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film for his 15-minute film The Lost Thing. He is the second Australian to win this award. Sonia Hartnett won it in 2008 and it has only been in existence for nine years. I think we should take this to mean that Australia does children's literature very well!!! The citation on Shaun's award said,
"Shaun Tan has reinvented the picture book by creating visually spectacular pictorial narratives with a constant human presence."