We’re so pleased and proud that Barroux is on the longlist for the prestigious CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for his work on Alpha. The Greenaway Medal is awarded every year for ‘distinguished illustration in a book for children’ and has been won by an incredible roster of artists including Edward Ardizzone, Shirley Hughes, Chris Riddell, Quentin Blake, Catherine Rayner and Victor Ambrus.
The 2015 Greenaway Medal was won by brilliant young artist William Grill for his book Shackleton’s Journey. In his acceptance speech, Will talked about the importance of pictures to him when he struggled with reading as a child with dyslexia.
— Patrick Ness (@Patrick_Ness) June 22, 2015
We are committed to visual storytelling for this and many reasons, and we are incredibly proud of Alpha. The book follows one man’s desperate journey from Côte d’Ivoire to Paris in search of his family. Barroux set himself the challenge of creating the artwork in sequential order in a bound journal, using materials Alpha himself would be able to access – cheap supermarket felt-tip pens and water. The project took years to complete and has no digital input at all.
You can find extensive resources for Alpha here and a BBC/Scottish Book Trust interview with writer Bessora and translator Sarah Ardizzone here. Reviews include this one from Booktrust, and The Daily Record tells the story of the publication here.
You can buy Alpha here or read a taster below: