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Wolf Erlbruch wins top children's book prize

Wednesday, April 05, 2017 - 01:37

The world's biggest children and young adult literature award goes to German illustrator and picture book author Wolf Erlbruch. (No Reporter Narration)

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ROUGH CUT / NO REPORTER NARRATION German illustrator and picture book author Wolf Erlbruch won the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) on Tuesday (April 4). Erlbruch won the prize for making "existential questions accessible and manageable for readers of all ages" with humour and warmth, according to the citation. He has written some ten books and illustrated almost fifty and is best known for his illustrations of "The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew It Was None of His Business". The award was established by the Swedish government in 2002, when Lindgren died at the age of 94, and is the world's largest children's and young people's literary award with an annual prize of 5 million Swedish crowns. Astrid Lindgren's works have been translated into more than 90 languages all over the world and is best known for her Pippi Longstocking books about the adventures of Pippi, her horse, monkey and friends Tommy and Annika. U.S. author Meg Rosoff won the prize last year. Erlbuch will receive the prize at a royal ceremony at the Concert Hall in Stockholm on May 29.

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Wolf Erlbruch wins top children's book prize

Wednesday, April 05, 2017 - 01:37