• R.I.P. Wolf Erlbruch, 74, German illustrator & HCAA Medalist

    From Lenona@21:1/5 to All on Mon Dec 12 15:04:44 2022
    He won the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2006.

    (German and Czech illustrators tend to win the most HCAAs. The only American who ever won an HCAA for Illustration was Maurice Sendak - in 1970.)


    Bessie LiveStyle about 9 hours ago 20

    The German children’s book author and illustrator Wolf Erlbruch is dead. He died in Wuppertal at the age of 74, according to the Hanser publishing house. Erlbruch became legendary with the children’s book “About the little mole who wanted to know
    who hit his head”. In 2017, Erlbruch received the Astrid Lindgren Prize established by the Swedish government – the most valuable award of its kind at five million Swedish crowns (around 522,000 euros).

    Erlbruch began his career as a children’s book illustrator in 1985 with The Eagle That Wouldn’t Fly. For his work, Erlbruch has received both a special prize from the German Youth Literature Prize and the Hans Christian Andersen Award for
    Illustration. Until 2009 he was a professor of illustration at the University of Wuppertal.

    (more obits - I hope they can be translated)


    (Five PW book reviews)

    (Eight Kirkus reviews, including one of Lee Bennett Hopkins' book "Oh No! Where Are My Pants? And Other Disasters: Poems")

    (reader reviews)



    ...Erlbruch focuses on the cycle of life in The Miracle of the Bears. One spring, waking from a long hibernation, a bear cub goes in search of companionship after realizing that life only has meaning when it is shared. The author/illustrator grapples
    with another universal theme in the award-winning picture book The Big Question, which poses the quandary: "Why am I here?" In presenting a world of answers from a host of creatures, Erlbruch encourages each child to ponder and celebrate his or her own
    purpose on Earth. Calling The Big Question "striking in its simplicity," Booklist contributor Ilene Cooper added that the book's "amazing images" and "inventive" text will spark "conversation" and "musings." A Kirkus Reviews contributor echoed Cooper's
    assessment, calling Erlbruch's book "certain to leave even younger readers in a reflective mood." "Existentialists, and those who enjoy the occasional Zen koan, will appreciate this volume's inquisitive spirit and multiplicity of possible answers,"
    concluded a Publishers Weekly reviewer of the work.

    While noting the range of award-winning artwork Erlbruch has contributed to the texts of authors such as Gioconda Belli, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and Karl Philipp Moritz, Heidkamp maintained that the illustrator's original stories, such as Nacht, Mrs.
    Meyer, the Bird, and The Miracle of the Bears, are the "most moving. No fantasy adventures, no social problems and no heroes," the critic added." "Just simple, quiet stories. About not being able to sleep at night, about grandpa dying, about wanting to
    have someone to hug, about taking care of the bird that can't fly. Or about getting up every day and having to create a bit more world. Just simple stories that become great books."



    "In 2017, he was the first German to win the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award."

    (his reaction to winning that award)

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