Jonny Duddle Wins Waterstones Childrens Book Prize
In addition to winning the overall prize (which came with a £3,000 award), The Pirates Next Door was also named Best Picture Book of the year for it's fantastic illustrations and storyline.
Personal recommendation: This book and Duddles' previous picture book The Pirate-Cruncher are truly wonderful with atmospheric, delightful and (as I said before) magical illustrations. Anyone, child or adult, would love these books.
AND...I should also mention that Jonny Duddle was presented this award on the same day Pirates: In An Adventure With Scientists opened in the cinema. Duddle was the concept artist for the film. Red letter day for Mr. Duddle!
Finally, in regard to the Waterstones' Prizes; Liz Pichon's The Brilliant World of Tom Gates was awarded best fiction for children 5 to 12 and Jenny Downham picked up best book for teenagers accolade for her book, You Against Me.
Hearty congratulations to all!