BcBf 2018: all’autrice di “Kiki: consegne a domicilio” il prestigioso Andersen Award

L’Hans Christian Andersen Award è il principale riconoscimento internazionale conferito a un autore e a un illustratore di libri rivolti alla gioventù. E’ considerato una sorta di “premio Nobel” della letteratura per ragazzi.

Assegnato ogni anno da IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People), intende premiare il lavoro e la carriera di artisti la cui  intera opera ha regalato un importante, significativo contributo alla letteratura per ragazzi.

Il premio per il Miglior Autore risale al 1956 mentre quello per il Miglior Illustratore è stato istituito nel ’66, e consistono in una medaglia d’oro e un diploma, consegnati nel corso del Congresso biennale di IBBY, che nel 2018 si terrà ad Atene (30 agosto- 1 settembre).

Patrono dell’Andersen Award è Sua Maestà la Regina Margherita II di Danimarca, e suo principale sponsor Nami Island Inc. Le nominations vengono decise dalle sezioni nazionali di IBBY, i vincitori decisi da una selezionata giuria internazionale di esperti. I criteri di scelta includono le qualità estetiche e letterarie della scrittura e dell’illustrazione, così come la capacità di vedere le cose “dal punto di vista del bambino” e l’abilità di stimolarne la curiosità e l’immaginazione. Nel giudizio finale viene analizzata l’intera produzione dei candidati giunti alla cinquina finale.

La giuria di quest’anno, composta da Patricia Aldana (Toronto, Canada), Elda Nogueira (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), e Liz Page ha decretato i seguenti vincitori:

Autore: Eiko Kadono (Giappone)

“There is an ineffable charm, compassion, and élan in the work of this great Japanese author.  Whether in her many marvellous and funny picture books, or her great series of novels about the witch Kiki, or her novel set during World War II about a brave girl who must walk through a terrifying tunnel of trees to get to school, Kadono’s books are always surprising, engaging, and empowering.  And almost always fun. And always life affirming.

Although, Kadono has travelled widely throughout the world, her stories are deeply rooted in Japan and show us a Japan that is filled with all kinds of unexpected people.

La trasposizione animata della streghetta Kiki, portata mirabilmente al cinema da Hayao Miyazaki

Her female characters are singularly self-determining and enterprising; figuring out how to cope with all kinds of complications without suffering too many self-doubts – though some of these do creep in.  As such, they are perfect for this time when we are all seeking girls and women in books who can inspire and delight us with their agency. The language in her picture books is notable for its playfulness and use of onomatopoeia. And of course, the beautiful, but simple language in her novels makes them extremely readable.”

Illustratore: Igor Oleynikov (Russia)

This exceptional illustrator can bring the page alive in a way that must be the envy of his peers. Coming from an early career as an animator, Oleynikov is a master of design and composition.  Furthermore, he brings an extraordinary cast of characters to life –from young boys and girls, to witches and giants, to wolves and sharks, to fairies and trolls, to Joshua and Ruth from the Old Testament, to even a brilliant tiny mouse who goes to Harvard!  Though he claims not to like illustrating ‘cute’ children, he is more than capable of creating beauty – in his landscapes and in his characters.  Beautiful or not, human or not, they burst with life, movement and expression. Oleynikov brings the great Russian artistic vocabulary, style and passion to his work.  He frequently illustrates the Russian masters, Pushkin, Gogol, Trotsky, Brodsky, bringing them to life and to our contemporary sensibility. His versions of the classics are always original and surprising, never obvious or what one might expect. He is equally brilliant with Andersen, Grimm, the Old Testament, and Lear. While he excels at the short form—poems, stories, traditional tales, he can also create fabulous picture books. His talent knows no bounds.”