Monday, November 12, 2007

What are the odds?

The New York Times Ten Best Illustrated Books have been announced; as commenter Ruth notes on a previous post, the gender score is eight to two. Elsewhere in the Times's special section on children's books I review Jaclyn Moriarty's The Spell Book of Listen Taylor (Levine/Scholastic).

I note with only fortuitous smugness that the last time I judged this list, in 2005, we selected five male and five female illustrators. But I didn't know this until now, as Henrike Wilson (winning for Brave Charlotte) and Alexis Deacon (for Jitterbug Jam) didn't come to the party.

4 comments:

ruth said...

...Also interesting that in that year (2005), six of the books were written by someone other than the illustrator...

Andy Laties said...

Hey I have an idea. Why don't they do it the way they do sports leagues and the Olympics.

Championship Mens Children's Book Illustration and Championship Women's Children's Book Illustration.

JeanneB said...

But then there would be all that trouble with drug testing.

Anonymous said...

>>Elsewhere in the Times's special section on children's books I review Jaclyn Moriarty's The Spell Book of Listen Taylor (Levine/Scholastic).<<

And did you happen to notice how comparatively few books by women were reviewed in the special section?