Monday, March 2, 2009

The Were-Nana - NZ Post Book Awards finalist...updated

BREAKING NEWS! - my picture book The Were-Nana is a finalist in the picture book section of this year's NZ Post Book Awards. Yay!!
'There's nothing Simon enjoys more than scaring his little sister, Stella Rosa.And now that the mysterious Nana Lupin is coming to stay, Simon is having great fun. Stella Rosa is afraid. Is her nana really a monster?'
Congrats to Sarah Anderson too, co-finalist, who produced such fantastic knock-out illustrations and did such a wonderful design job. And thanks to Scholastic NZ for taking a chance on a story thats a little different.
Whoops - due to an error by the NZPA The Were-Nana and me were omitted from the list of NZ Post Book Awards finalists in yesterday's NZ Herald. They also got illustrators a bit mucked up and a book title too. Don't worry, you can read the correct list here by clicking on the side menu.


Jimmy said...

This book is indeed a little bit different - some might say a little bit "Grimm" because, like Brothers Grimm stories, it's not afraid to be afraid. It's a great relief thoug, that Nana Lupin turns out not to be a reincarnation of the wicked stepmother. Congratulations Melinda.

Maureen said...

Congratulations Melinda!!
WEll DONE!!!

I was jumping around the kitchen when I saw the list the baby joined in too...

have a fabulous awards have to get a NEW DRESS!


Tania Hutley said...

Awesome! And so richly deserved.
Go Melinda! That's fantastic news.

Fifi Colston said...

I've been pouring over it again, with a coffee and a slice of toast. Its delicious! (the toast and coffee too!). So pleased for you, Sarah and the Were Nana. xxx Fifi

Fifi Colston said...

I see the Herald atributed 'Roadworks' to Sarah as illustrator and missed Brian Lovelock out too- so there will be you, Sally Sutton, Brian and Sarah all a wee bitty cross. How can papers get it soooo wrong?!
Here in Wellington, only the Wellington writers and illustrators were listed. Nice, but a wee bit parochial...

Melinda Szymanik said...

Thank you so much for all your lovely comments. Yes definitely a new dress I think Maureen. And yes naughty Herald and Dominion Post - If only they would make it up to us by running page long articles/interviews with info on where to buy our books!:)