Category Archives: IBBY Books List

The Boring Book

the-boring-bookOnce there was a BORING book that no one ever read. People who tried to read it fell asleep. The words in the book were tired of standing in rows, so they escape to have fun. They jump into street signs and shop signs. They dance all over the pages until the wordplay gets out of hand. Unusual and colorful graphics and three-dimensional miniature books within the book are imaginative and add to the fun. mjw
Title: The Boring Book
Author: Vasanti Unka
Illustrator
: Vasanti Unka
Publisher
: Puffin Books, New Zealand
Copyright
: 2013
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-0-143-50575-4
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-10
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s residence
: Auckland, New Zealand
Illustrator’s residence
: Auckland, New Zealand
Awards
: 2014 New Zealand Post Mahy Book of the Year, 2014 White Raven, 2016 IBBY Honor Book
Subjects
: Activity books, Books and libraries, Words

Lola And I

Lola and INarrated by blind Lola’s black Lab guide dog named Star, this picture book portrays the friendship between a girl and her dog. At first, Lola was afraid to go outside. But eventually, she and Star go out to explore Lola’s Italian environment. They shop for clothing, have cream croissants and lemonade in the park, go tobogganing in the mountains, and have their portrait painted at the beach.   The strong text, with sight-free sensory details, is enriched by warm, soft-focus illustrations. mjw
Title: Lola and I
Author: Chiara Valentina Segre
Illustrator
: Paolo Domeniconi
Publisher
: Fitzhenry and Whiteside
Copyright
: 2105
Original Language
: Italian
Translator
: Chiara Valentina Segre
Original Title
: Lola e io
Original Publisher
: Camelozampa.  Monselice, Italy
Original Copyright
: 2012
ISBN
: 978-1-55455-363-1
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Italy
Author’s ethnicity
: Italian
Author’s residence
: Italy
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Italian
Illustrator’s residence
: Italy
Awards
: 2105 IBBY  Outstanding Book for Young People with Disabilities
Subjects
: Blind, Children with disabilities, Dogs, Guide dogs, Human-animal relationships, Special needs, Visually impaired

Vango: Between Sky and Earth

vango_coverIn 1934, a young man named Vango on the cusp of taking priestly vows is suddenly made a fugitive. Accused of murder, pursued by police and mysterious others, Vango finds that proving his innocence involves uncovering secrets from his past, taking him from Parisian rooftops to Mediterranean islands to Scottish forests in a hyper-coloured spy-thriller with a backwards-and-forwards timeline.  Part of the book’s charm involves historic figures turned into characters – like Hugo Eckener (commander of the Graf Zeppelin) who de Fombelle has written as a friend of Vango and as a quick-witted protester to Hitler’s increasing regime.  Snippets of story are also told from the perspective of a young girl who turns out to be Stalin’s daughter. These historic guess-who’s never felt clunky.  With a larger-than-life protagonist, Vango will appeal to lovers of daring escapades. The mystery to his identity unravels in the sequel, Vango, Book 2, A Prince Without A Kingdom, published in 2105. ew
Title: Vango: Between Sky and Earth
Author: Timothee de Fombelle
Publisher
: Candlewick Press.  Somerville, Massachusetts
Copyright
: 2014
Original language
: French
Translator
: Sarah Ardizzone
Original title
: Vango: Entre ciel et Terre
Original publisher
: Gallimard Jeunesse
Original copyright
: 2010
ISBN
: 978-0-7636-7196-9
Paperback pages
: 421
Age range
: 12 up
Genre
: Historical fiction
Book setting
: France, Germany, Mediterranean Islands, Russia, Scotland
Author’s ethnicity
: French
Author’s residence
: Paris, France
Awards
: Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Books of 2014,  2012 IBBY Honor List
Subjects
: Adventure, Fugitives, Identity, Mystery, Nazi, Priests, Voyages, World War II, Zeppelin

Welcome To Mamoko

Welcome To Mamoko Book CoverSearch for twenty-five crazy characters in this wordless book to create stories. Cosmo Lens is an alien with a camera. Claude Van Clue solves a mystery of stolen artwork. Malcolm Ratz makes deliveries on his bicycle. And Vincent Brisk is ready for romance. The characters’ paths often cross as they go about their day from morning to night at the Town Carnival. There are also hidden items to find on each page in this colorful cartoon world. mjw
Title: Welcome To Mamoko
Author: Aleksandra Mizielinski and Daniel Mizielinska
Illustrator
: Aleksandra Mizielinski and Daniel Mizielinska
Publisher
: Big Picture Press, an imprint of Candlewick Press, Somerville Massachusetts
Copyright
: 2013
Original language
: Polish
Original title
: Miasteczko
Original publisher
: Wydawnictwo Dwie Siostry, Poland
Original copyright
: 2010
ISBN
: 978-0-7636-6891-4
Board book pages
: 16
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture book
Author’s ethnicity
: Polish
Author’s residence
: Poland
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Polish
Illustrator’s residence
: Poland
Awards
: 2010 IBBY Outstanding International Books List
Subjects
: Activity books, Animals, Board books, City life, Town life, Wordless books

Hannah’s Winter

Hannah's WinterBecause of manga and anime, youth interest in Japan is rising.  Hannah‘s Winter is one of the few contemporary novels set in Japan.  In this middle-grade ghost-mystery, an Australian girl named Hannah, fluent in Japanese, spends a winter with the eccentric Japanese family of her new friend Miki.  Together they find an ancient message and are drawn into solving a mysterious riddle to help a boy from a past age. A useful author’s note serves to help the reader distinguish between which locations, historical references, and so forth are fact and which are fiction.  This novel is a compelling combination of fact, fantasy, and humor filled with intriguing characters, exotic locations, and strange events. ew
Title: Hannah’s Winter
Author: Kieran Meehan
Publisher
: Kane Miller Book Publishers
Copyright
: 2009
Original language
: English
Original publisher
: Penguin, Australia
Original copyright
: 2001
ISBN
: 978-1-93305-98-2
Hardcover pages
: 212
Age range
: 10 and up
Genre
: Mystery/Fantasy
Book setting
: Japan
Author’s ethnicity
: Australian
Author’s residence
: Australia
Awards
: 2010 IBBY Outstanding International Books List
Subjects
: Eastern Asia, Family, Ghosts, Japan, Supernatural