Vasanti Unka’s The Boring Book wins the New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year at the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. The Boring Book is also the winner of the Awards’ Picture Book category.
Penguin Random House New Zealand is incredibly proud that Vasanti Unka’s The Boring Book (Puffin) has won the New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year at the prestigious New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. The Boring Book was also the winner of the Awards’ Picture Book category. The awards were announced at a ceremony held in Auckland last night.
The Boring Book was released in November 2013 and has already attracted a 2014 Storylines Notable Book award. This wonderful picture book, complete with miniature book inserts, is as ingenious as it is delightful, exploring the importance of books and words in a fun and imaginative way. The Boring Book is most certainly NOT a boring book!
Vasanti Unka is a designer and illustrator based in Auckland. She is the illustrator of The Bean's Story, which was a 2008 Storylines Notable Book, and Hill & Hole by Kyle Mewburn. Hill & Hole was shortlisted for the 2011 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. It won the LIANZA Russell Clark Award for illustration the same year and was also the first children's book to win the Gerard Reid Award for Best Book at the PANZ Book Design Awards.
“The Boring Book exhibits the highest quality of design and its presentation is thoroughly original. The story takes delightful unexpected turns that charm afresh with each reading. Small children and older readers alike will be delighted by its subversive touches, and they’ll be entertained by its warmth and fun,” says Barbara Else, the Awards’ Convenor of Judges.
Margaret Thompson, Managing Director of Penguin Random House New Zealand states, “We are delighted to congratulate Vasanti on winning these awards and are thrilled to share in her remarkable success.”
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