Wednesday, November 16, 2005
The Times party for the Best Illustrated winners was quite lively, and served equally as a grand sendoff for retiring editor Eden Ross Lipson, honored with gracious tributes by Book Review editor Sam Tanenhaus and Children's Book Council Chair Simon Boughton of Roaring Brook Press (who also gave Eden a piece of original art from Mordicai Gerstein's The Man Who Walked Between the Towers). Most of the winning artists attended, although I'm sorry the talented (and dishy) Mini Grey could not be there, nor Jon Agee. When I spoke at the Carle Museum on Saturday I read Agee's Terrific aloud to the audience and was impressed all over again with what a, uh, terrific picture book it is. The pace is spot-on, as are the page-turns, and at the party Jules Feiffer was showing me how much emotion Agee gets into the postures of the characters.