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Small in the City

Small in the City

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What is the most significant change you have seen within your work as your career has progressed? Did it surprise you? In Look Both Ways I wanted to explore who it is that children are when the watchful eye of adults aren’t around. So often, children’s literature takes place either at school or at home but there’s an in-between that is the journey home. And even though they all sit in the classroom together, when that bell rings they go separate ways and go through separate things, as we all go through separate journeys in life, that influence and impact who it is that we are when we show up the following day. But the miracle of life is the idea that if we were to trust this process, believe in the power of humanity and speak to one another, no matter who you are or where you are from, all over the world there is a good chance that if we speak to each other long enough, we will probably have someone in common and that’s important, because it’s really difficult to hate someone when the two of you love the same person. Now in its third year, this award has evolved out of CILIP’s Diversity Review, which identified opportunities to empower and celebrate the young people involved in the Medals through the shadowing scheme.

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The grid lines of buildings, walk ways and street furniture create a web suggesting a trap for the uninitiated. There is a stunning picture of the child’s reflection fractured by the arrangements of the mirror tiles on a building façade. We soon realise that this advice is not aimed at the reader but at something far more important. The revelation at the end of the picture book came as a surprise for me but I did start to get an inkling of what was to come. When you’re small in the city, people don’t see you, and loud sounds can scare you, and knowing what to do is sometimes hard. But this little kid knows what it’s like, and knows the neighborhood. And a little friendly advice can go a long way. Starting without words, the book is reflective rather than particularly narrative; we are taken along for the ride in a potentially hostile environment that the child nonetheless has found his or her place in. At the end, he or she reminds us that when we’re tired of exploring, we can always go home. After all, home is a place of love and warmth, wherever it is.Perhaps the most unique city in the United States is Santa Fe, thanks to the preservation of its traditional, precolonial Pueblo style of architecture throughout. Known as Pueblo Revival, along with hints of Spanish colonial, common traits include adobe exteriors, exposed wooden roof beams known as vigas, and flat roofs. This style is used for most homes in the city, but among the best examples are Palace of the Governors, which contains a local history exhibition, and New Mexico Museum of Art. In fact, art is Santa Fe’s main draw, with numerous galleries and institutions dedicated to Contemporary Native American Arts (MoCNA), the pioneer of American Modernism Georgia O’Keeffe, who lived in the city, and modern art at Meow Wolf Santa Fe. So I sat down, with the encouragement of my writing partner, Ben, and wrote down the story, and then over a month sketched out a dummy. As it has been in the past, I went about sketches the wrong way. I was too precious with some, building them up too much. Others were meant to be place holders, left unclear and required rethinking too late in the process.

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Adding the silent spread was intuitive. Some stories I have worked on were possible to punctuate with silence. Pacing is important to the flow of the story and engaging the reader but it also involves knowing when the story needs the sustained ring of the words. Illustrations can control how the story is read and can add weight to words or flip them upside down. There’s a lot of power there. CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal: Small in the City illustrated and written by Sydney Smith (Walker Books)Edward Gorey was a master of ambiguity in the way he combined his text and the way he framed his images. Implying a gruesome death or a hideous crime is so much more impactful than just showing it. The darkness of his stories was also quite thrilling. Obviously, he wrote for himself. It must have created problems for his publishers when his mysteries were too gruesome to be marketed to children, but he answered to his own mind and the results were innovative and singular. A challenge can also drive you as an artist. What do you foresee as the next approach that may provide a creative risk for you? Smith’s art has been award winning, but here he becomes author as well as illustrator. He does both titles proud in this stirring piece.”— Booklist, Starred Review That’s what this book is really about. It’s an examination of autonomy, it’s this idea that every child has a different journey and it’s all about the fact that despite those journeys we are all interconnected. One people. One race. Having similar experiences and yet different experience altogether.” CILIP Carnegie Medal Winner Jason Reynolds. Photo credit: Adedayo ‘Dayo’ Kosoko Maryland state’s capital city of Annapolis is a beautiful, leafy small city. It is sprinkled around a number of creeks on the Severn River’s estuary as it pours into Chesapeake Bay. Annapolis played an integral role in the final phases of the American War of Independence: Congress sat in Maryland State House, the oldest Capitol in the US, while the city was the US capital, briefly, from 1783 to 1784. Today you can explore the colonial architecture and rich history, or take a sailing trip in the bay. Boutique shopping in Annapolis Downtown is another popular pastime here.



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