2008 Caldecott Medal

2008 Caldecott Medal award winners

Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity

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By Mo WillemsThe 2008 Caldecott Medal Honor. Willems sets the stage for one of the most dramatic double-paged spreads in picture-book history in Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity. Masterful photo collages take Trixie and her daddy through their now-familiar Brooklyn neighborhood to the Pre-K class where Trixie discovers that her beloved Knuffle Bunny is not “so one-of-a-kind anymore.”


The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain

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By Sis, PeterThe 2008 Caldecott Medal Honor. The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain, a graphic memoir of Sís's youth in Prague, brilliantly weds artistic and design choices to content: tight little panels with officious lines and red punctuation; full-bleed line-and-watercolor spreads of nightmares and dreams; color and absence of color.


First the Egg

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By Laura Vaccaro SeegerThe 2008 Caldecott Medal Honor. Laura Vaccaro Seeger's innovative concept book on transformations, First the Egg uses strategically placed die-cuts to provide an astonishing visual explication of the word “then.” Her richly textured brushstrokes creatively reveal the process of metamorphosis for young readers.


Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad

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By Ellen LevineThe 2008 Caldecott Medal Honor. Inspired by an antique lithograph, Kadir Nelson has created dramatically luminous illustrations that portray Henry “Box” Brown's ingenious design to ship himself in a box from slavery to freedom.


The Invention of Hugo Cabret

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By Brian SelznickThe 2008 Caldecott Medal winner. From an opening shot of the full moon setting over an awakening Paris in 1931, this tale casts a new light on the picture book form. Hugo is a young orphan secretly living in the walls of a train station where he labors to complete a mysterious invention left by his father. In a work of more than 500 pages, the suspenseful text and wordless double-page spreads narrate the tale in turns. Neither words nor pictures alone tell this story, which is filled with cinematic intrigue. Black & white pencil illustrations evoke the flickering images of the silent films to which the book pays homage.


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