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BOLOGNA RAGAZZI AWARD (BRAW) 2020

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Published on Feb 12, 2020

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Yesterday were announced the winners of the Bologna Ragazzi Award (BRAW) 2020, one of the prizes annually awarded on the occasion of the Bologna Children's Book Fair, the annual appointment more important in the panorama of the literature of childhood.

The BRAW is a very prestigious award, and very interesting, because it is one of the awards with the global dimension is more marked, and then the alienating effect that can generate it is often useful to understand where is going the rest of the world. In fact, the prize is one of the least understood by non-experts, this is because it is often dedicated to books, which in Italy have not yet arrived and maybe even will (try to relate to you the winners of last year), books that maybe last year you are adocchiati at Bologna on the stand of the publishers abroad.

The prizes are awarded within three main categories (Fiction, Non-Fiction, and First Work) to which is added the category "New Horizons", is not always assigned and dedicated to "a work that is particularly innovative, which can open the eyes to new horizons", and a special category that changes every year: this year the prize is dedicated to Cinema, in pccasione of the centenary of fellini. You can add to these this year, Comics, new section (divided in turn into sub-sections: Early Reader, Middle Grade and Young Adult). permanent response to the need to represent and investigate the trends of a sector in fast expansion, like the one in the comics.

 

Before I leave you to the gallery of all the books, I would like to reflect with you on some of the comments:

In short, we will study and observe in Bologna, you tell me what strikes you the most!

Among the 957 books on offer, here are the winners of this edition of the #BRAW2020 #BCBF20

FICTION WINNER:

MEINE LIEBSTEN DINGE ACHIEVE MIT

Text of Sepideh Sarihi
Illustrations by Julie Völk
Beltz & Gelberg, Germany, 2018

The collaboration between an iranian writer and an illustrator German has produced an illustrated truly remarkable. Graphite drawings, which are rich in minute details, sophisticated, almost twisted, tell the story of the theme of the relationship with places. With a touch of the surreal, tells the story of the experience, rich of implications and resonances, a transfer, a move that shows how the most important things you can put in your suitcase to take them with us. A history of migration and memory, where a little girl, while experimenting with autonomy in the saddle of his bike, confronts the theme of loss.

FICTION – HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

NON-FICTION – WINNER:

MARIE CURIE. IN THE LAND OF SCIENCE

Text of Irène Cohen-Janca
Illustrations by Claudia Palmarucci
Orecchio Acerbo, Italy, 2019

A biography of the wise, and never didactic, vibrant emotions, tells the historical events of the life of the scientist Marie Curie, in a narrative at the same time, intimate, personal and public. The style of the illustrations, realistic in the accuracy of historical reconstructions, is characterized by a unique surrealistic quality, the atmosphere is constantly pervaded by the yellow tone of the radiation of the polonium. Rich in artistic references to works of all time, cited regularly in an extensive appendix, the book blends masterfully history of art with that of science.

NON-FICTION – HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

THE FIRST WORK – WINNER:

WHERE IS YOUR SISTER?

Text and illustrations by Puck Koper
Two Hoots, The United Kingdom 2019

A book that's as fun and lively, a distillate of clean lines, flat tints and colour palette is limited, the geometric forms that live in the pages crowded and encourage the reader to find a girl (gaining as well a slice of cake) has moved away from the mother and the sister of the big department stores. The book plays with the universal fear of getting lost.

OPERA PRIMA – MENTIONS:

NEW ORIZON – WINNER:

LULLABY FOR GRANDMOTHER

Text and illustrations by Iwona Chmielewska
BIR Publishing , South Korea, 2019

The well-established collaboration between a Polish artist and a publisher in korea has produced this album unusual, which employs sophisticated production techniques and editorial graphics to say with a loud voice, the high value of the artistic gesture and the handmade. The kit of the grandmother – lace, lace, embroidered cloths – matter is metamorphic is told a life, from childhood to adulthood, in a true visual masterpiece.

MVSEVM

Texts by Javier Saez Castan and Manuel Marsol
Illustrations by Manuel Marsol
Fulgencio Pimentel, Orfeu Negro, Orecchio Acerbo; Spain, Portugal, Italy; 2019

Brilliant story for images where an adventure of life plunges in a dream using the language of cinema and art. We are captured and suspended in a new dimension that celebrates the power and magic of cinema, of art and literature.

HELLO MONSIEUR HULOT
MONSIEUR HULOT À LA PLAGE
HULOT DOMINO

Text and illustrations by David Merveille
Rouergue, France, 2010-2015-2019

The jury decided to confer a Special Award to the editor with the Rouergue and the author and illustrator David Merveille who have had the courage to approach one of the icons of film history, Monsieur Hulot, created by Jacques Tati. The result is an editorial project that is a distillation of cinematic poetics and transported on the paper, which develops in an original way and with a language that is different and specific in each volume, without losing the charm of the original.

WRITTEN AND DRAWN BY HENRIETTA

Text and pictures by Ricardo Liniers
Toon Books, United States, 2015

The jury was seduced by the apotheosis of the imagination and of the creative process of Liniers, represented in the drawings are vivid and in the stories extremely inventive, Henrietta, a little girl with a box of colored pencils brand new. The pages in which Liniers paints Henrietta in a series of even-tempered sequences in comics, are very quickly monopolized by the energy of the exaggerated, colorful, and crazy, childish pencil drawings of Henrietta, with which the latter tells the story of a monster with three heads with only two hats, and the fun search of the hat is missing in her seemingly huge wardrobe.

IMBATTABLE. JUSTICE ET LÉGUMES FRAIS

Text and drawings by Pascal Jousselin
Dupuis, Belgium, 2017

Imbattable may appear to be one of the many comic book comedy with a superhero clumsy. In truth, Imbattable (Invincible) is the most intelligent and powerful of all the heroes of the comic because his superpowers are derived from his ability to use the visual language of comics to defeat the bad guys. Not only travels through time and space, but from one vignette to another, and from one page to another, knows how to send messages to himself in the past and in the future, and even manages to save himself by himself. Pascal Jousselin is a virtuoso in the use of the visual language of comics and its ability to reflect on the medium itself. Probably there has never been a comic strip on the language of comics as fun as Imbattable.

THE SHORT ELEGY

Text and drawings by Cheer Chen
Locus Publishing, Taiwan, 2019

The judges were unanimous in awarding the prize to this book beautiful and unique. Chen is taiwanese, but this comic can be enjoyed by anyone, from any place, in any language you speak. In this collection of stories focused on various types of loss, the sequential images without Chen's words are the visual equivalent of poetry: strictly sober and yet full of many nuances. In one story, a boy encounters death for the first time, in another, a woman mourns the loss of his son... giving the prize to the Soul, the judges hoped that this book, and in general, the comic of Taiwan – which were presented to award many excellent examples – they will find a new audience and wider.

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