Jonny Duddle Wins Waterstones Childrens Book Prize

Congratulations to Jonny Duddle! He has scooped the prestigious Waterstones' Childrens Book Prize 2012 for the absolutely magical The Pirates Next Door. This installment of Duddles' pirate books is about a family of pirates, The Jolley-Rogers who move into the small, quiet village of Dull-on-Sea, right next door to Matilda, who is very tired of living in a dull, boring little village where everything is just-so and nothing ever happens. Of course, this stirs things up a bit.
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!


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