Which books win awards when ONLY kids get to vote?

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The Children’s Book Award is the UK’s only national award voted for solely by children from start to finish and today I’m delighted to highlight one of the top ten books which have made this year’s shortlist:



Edgar and the Sausage Inspector
by Jan Fearnley



Jan Fearnley and her book

It’s hard to say no to a rat in a hat!

Edgar and Edith are hungry, and it’s up to Edgar to bring home something tasty. But every time Edgar finds some delicious sausages or some scrumptious pastries from the patisserie, they’re confiscated by a dastardly rat calling himself The Inspector. Just who is this important looking fellow with a big hat?

Poor Edgar and Edith are left with nothing but dry crackers and pickles for dinner. That is, until one day, when Edgar decides to do some investigating of his own about the rather portly Inspector and the rat meets his match…

This fantastically funny book by multi-award-winning author-illustrator, Jan Fearnley is set in Paris and features lots of delicious food from a scrumptious string of sausages to a pile of pretty pastries. There’s a gorgeous cat and a wonderfully villainous rat and a surprise ending that will delight both adults and children – no wonder it has proved such a hit with young voters in the Children’s Book Award!

Jan Fearnley said of her shortlisting:

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be on the shortlist for the Children’s Book Awards. I’ve been shortlisted for this award a few times but ‘always the bridesmaid’, as the saying goes! What I love about this award is that it is the children who vote.

I am incredibly proud of Edgar and The Sausage Inspector, Edgar’s story had been rolling around in my head for a while and I simply adore writing and drawing naughty, dodgy characters such as the Rat in a Hat.

I love that he makes himself “important” and credible with all the usual silly paraphernalia – a hat, a badge, a notebook, because that’s what people do nowadays. If Nosy Crow had allowed me a few more spreads, he could well have ended up sporting a high-vis jacket!

The feedback I’ve had for Edgar has been wonderful and I couldn’t be more chuffed to be on the shortlist with such great company.”

The Children’s Book Award (@cbacoordinator) is highly regarded by parents, teachers, librarians, publishers and children’s authors and illustrators as it truly represents the children’s choice. Thanks to the support of the publishers, over 1,000 new books are donated to be read and reviewed by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups‘ Testing Groups across the country every year, with over 150,000 total votes being cast in the process. As well as local groups being able to vote, ANY child in the UK can take part in the voting by casting their vote via the CBA website: http://childrensbookaward.org.uk/vote/ and at the end of each testing year, nearly 12,000 books are donated to hospitals, women’s refuges, nurseries and disadvantaged schools by FCBG groups.

2 Responses

  1. How wonderful, I’d not heard of this award, will have to remember this for next year!

  2. I absolutely love that this is an award given by kids and only kids. As a librarian I often find that my students feel very different from adult reviewers. At the elementary level kids like what they like and this is a great way for them to be heard. 🙂
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