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Emily Gravett scoops second Kate Greenaway Medal

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Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears is crowned best picture book. Discover why Emily won and read reviews of all the shortlisted titles

Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears

For the second time in three years, illustrator Emily Gravett has won the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, the UK’s most prestigious award for children’s book illustration.

Emily Gravett, whose debut picture book, Wolves won the 2005 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, today won the 2008 award for her fourth book, Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears, in which a small rodent confronts terrifying phobias, but eventually (and after much nervous nibbling) feels better when he realises that even human beings can be cowardy custards too.

Emily, a former traveller, spent eight years on the road after leaving school at 16 with almost no formal qualifications. She graduated from Brighton University’s Illustration degree course in 2004, and her career as a picture book illustrator took off immediately when she won the 2004 Macmillan Prize for Illustration for Wolves. A publishing deal swiftly followed, along with enormous critical acclaim.

Of this year’s winning book, Tricia Adams, Chair of the CILIP Kate Greenaway judging panel said: ‘Every time you read Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears you discover something new: there’s so much going on, so much to explore. The attention to detail is astounding. It’s such a satisfying experience which incorporates smell, texture, humour and great imagination. The die-cut holes, and pull-out map are wonderfully novel features, but it’s much more than just a novelty book: everything has a purpose and nothing is wasted. A book that not only works with lots of different age-groups, but also one that can be read, and re-read, and re-read again.’

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