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German illustrator Wolf Erlbruch wins ALMA prize

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 01:21

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NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) German illustrator and picture book author Wolf Erlbruch received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) at a ceremony in the Stockholm Concert Hall on Monday. He received the prize, said to be the world's biggest children and young adult literature award, for making "existential questions accessible and manageable for readers of all ages" with humour and warmth, according to the citation from the ALMA committee. Erlbruch 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 Astrid Lindgren Memorial 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. 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. Other past winners include Philip Pullman, Christine Nostlinger and Maurice Sendak.

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German illustrator Wolf Erlbruch wins ALMA prize

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 01:21