Drawing from Memory
One of my favorite books of the year that I can’t seem to find a Newbery argument for is DRAWING FROM MEMORY. We bandied it about lightly for our shortlist… but while I think it’s easily one of *THE* best children’s books of the year…I couldn’t find truly distinguished elements in the text alone on par with our other contenders. Where in WONDERSTRUCK or I BROKE MY TRUNK or THE MONEY WE’LL SAVE I feel the words and text play equal, related parts, here I feel like the text plays under the illustrations, and it’s truly in their interaction (and sometimes, solely in the illustrations) that I find it shoots the moon. I don’t know how to argue that with the Newbery criteria. Can you? It’s certainly on many favorite lists, and keeps on getting mentioned here and there on this blog.
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About Nina Lindsay
Nina Lindsay is the Children's Services Coordinator at the Oakland Public Library, CA. She chaired the 2008 Newbery Committee, and served on the 2004 and 1998 committees. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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