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Top honours go to Chris Haughton at CBI’s Book of the Year Awards 2017


The wonderful Chris Haughton won the 27th CBI Book of the Year Award with his picture book Goodnight Everyone at a ceremony in Dublin city centre yesterday night.

Chris was also the recipient of the Honour Award for Illustration for the same title. The award judges said ‘Chris Haughton’s vibrant illustrations combine perfectly with deceptively simple narrative in this mesmerising bedtime tale. Chronicling a series of animal yawns, the colour palette gradually darkens as the world of the forest is painted in sunset. Haughton’s use of cut-outs is particularly effective and the star maps in the endpapers add a mystic dimension to this captivating story.’

During the ceremony, Peadar Ó Guilín was presented with the Children’s Choice Award for his novel The Call, an award which is voted for by young readers from across the country. Other winners on the night, included Deirdre Sullivan, who was awarded the Honour Award for Fiction for NeedleworkTadhg Mac Dhonnagaín, Jennifer Farley, Brian Fitzgerald, Tarsila Krüse and Christina O’Donovan for Bliain na nAmhrán which received the Judges’ Special Award; and Paul Gamble’s The Ministry of Strange, Unusual and Impossible Things was honoured with the Eilís Dillon Award for a first children’s book.

Dr Patricia Kennon, chair of the judging panel for the 2017 awards, said: “It’s been a personal and professional pleasure to have spent the last year with our passionate, accomplished and dedicated judging panel reading and discussing over 80 award entries. This year’s winners and shortlist celebrate the impressive talent, creativity and imaginative power of the best in Irish writing and illustration for young people across two languages and a diverse and rich range of formats, audiences and genres.”

Congratulations to all the worthy winners from all of us here at Gobblefunked!


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