Sue Corbett has just posted to Childlit that Kate Thompson has won Ireland's CBI Bisto Book of the Year Award. Again--the award for The New Policeman marks the fourth time Thompson has taken this prize, with its 6000 euro check and a "perpetual trophy" that gets passed from winner to winner. But apparently the sponsors, overwhelmed by Thompson's winningness, have decided to "retire the trophy" to her, and make a new one for next year's winner.
Can you imagine if we tried that perpetual thing here? "Okay, Kadohata. Hand it over. What, you got a problem? Well, this baby is headed for Michigan, so take it up with Perkins." Although I imagine that neither one would turn down the cash prize!
Yes, Kevin Henkes's. I touched his Caldecott Medal. Held it, even.