Children’s Book Award shortlisted picture book The Wondrous Dinosaurium by debut author John Condon with illustrations by Steve Brown has just picked up another fabulous award nomination! It has been shortlisted for the Crystal Kite Award selected by the members of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in the British Isles and Ireland) who have voted for their choice children’s books of the year.
Candy Gourlay has written about The Wondrous Dinosaurium in a fab piece about the shortlisted books:
‘The lone picture book on the Crystal Kite shortlist is John Condon‘s The Wondrous Dinosaurium, with rollicking illustrations by Steve Brown. The story imagines the ultimate petshop – a dinosaurium with “EVERY … DINOSAUR … EVER”. Like Doctor Who’s tardis, it is small on the outside but humongous on the inside and our hero, Danny gets to pick his very own dinosaur pet … with rather fun and chaotic consequences. I am delighted that a picture book has made it to a shortlist that has tended to favour chapter books, and I am even more delighted that the picture book happens to be John’s!’