Shortlist Title #10: City Dog, Country Frog
You shouldn’t be surprised by this one either. We had it ranked as our second best picture book behind DARK EMPEROR, and it narrowly missed the list the first time around. Considering how well the mock Newbery group responded to DARK EMPEROR and how poorly they responded to THE DREAMER . . . well, we couldn’t help having second thoughts about CITY DOG, COUNTRY FROG.
We’re all waiting for the next great middle grade novelist to win the Newbery Medal . . .
But you’ll do, Mo Willems. You’ll do.
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About Jonathan Hunt
Jonathan Hunt is the Coordinator of Library Media Services at the San Diego County Office of Education. He served on the 2006 Newbery committee, and has also judged the Caldecott Medal, the Printz Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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