IBBY Honour list
The IBBY Honour List is a biennial selection of outstanding, recently published books, honoring writers, illustrators and translators from IBBY member countries.
The titles are selected by the National Sections of IBBY who are invited to nominate books characteristic of their country and suitable to recommend for publication in different languages. One book can be nominated for each of the three categories: writing, Illustration and Translation. For a country where there is a substantial and continuing production of childrenfs books n more than one language, up to three books may be submitted for writing and translation in the different languages of the country.
Part 1: Writing
||Boku ga Kyoryu datta koro
(When I was a Dinosaur)
Text: Mitamura, Nobuyuki
Ill. Sasaki, Maki
Tokyo: Holp Shuppan, 1989, 418p, Ages 10-13
A boy is kidnapped by an elderly scientist who wants to prove that dinosaurs were exterminated by a comet shower. The boy is turned into a dinosaur and sent back in time to the Mesozoic age. After many thrilling adventures and some painful experiences, the boy returns to his own real world.Nobuyuki Mitamura was born in Tokyo in 1939 and graduated in Japanese literature. At university he joined a fairly tale study group. Before becoming an author he worked as an editor in different publishing houses for ten years. His main works include Kaze o uru otoko (The Man Who Sells Winds), Otosan ga ippai (So Many Fathers), Hino shima ni ikiru (To Live in the Land of Fire), Doa no mukouno himitsu (The Secret of the Other Side of the Door) and Moshimoshi kitsune kumazo desu (Hello, Hello, I Am Kumazo, the Fox-Boy).
||gUsojanaiyoh to Tanikawa kun wa itta
(Tanikawa said itfs not a lie)
Text: Iwase, Yoko
Ill. Ajito, Keiko
Tokyo: PHP Institue Inc., 1991, 118p, Ages 10up
Rui is a fifth grade girl, who has seldom spoken in her class since entering school. One day, a boy by the name of Tanikawa moves into her class. Classmates accuse him of telling nothing but lies all the time. Rui, however, is able to understand that those lies seem to be true to him, and she starts to talk with him. The two of them feel that they belong to the same world. Tanikawa is eventually sent to a residential institution, but Rui knows that she will never forget him.
Yoko Iwase was born in 1950. After graduating from college, she worked among other things in public service and as a journalist for a local newspaper. At the same time she studied childrenfs literature and wrote her first childrenfs book in 1977: Asawa dan dan miete kuru (Morning will appear gradually) which won a prize. Now she is a freelance author. Every book has been appraised by the critics, This book is her tenth, and has won two major awards.
||Osaru ni Naruhi
(Hurrah, Ifm a monkey)
Text: Ito, Hiroshi
Ill. by the author
Tokyo; Kodansha Ltd., 1994, 85p, Ages 5up
There was a little monkey who lived on a little island in the south. His mother was going to have a baby and he was all exited about it. This little monkey wondered why a monkey mother would only have a monkey baby. It would be so much more fun to have a little frog sister or a little turtle brother. One day, the little monkey wanted to find out about how he was born, so he asked his mother lots of questions: What kind of a day it was, what it was like when he first climbed up a tree, what kind of baby he was. A few days later, his little baby sister was born. This heart-warming story tells us of the many wonders of life.
Hiroshi Ito was born in Tokyo in 1957, he began to show interest in picture books in his late teens under the influence of his two sisters who worked in nurseries. By the time he graduated from the Department of Education at Waseda University, he had decided to devote himself to bookmaking and has continued in this field ever since.
||Kosoado no Mori no Monogatari
(The stories of the Kosoado Woods)
Text: Okada, Jun
Ill. By the author
Tokyo: Rironsha, 1997, 3 volumes, Ages 8-10ISBN 4-652-00611-X; -00612-8; -00613-6
Stories are about imaginary people living in a fantasy land called Kosoado Woods. They are about Skipper, a shy boy, who lives in a ship-like house and his friends: Mr. Towaie, a writer living in the loft; Mr. Pot and Mrs. Tomato, who live in a kettle house; and twin sisters, who live in a snail-shaped house. In the first book of the series, Skipper and all his friends try to find a recipe using some strange nuts he received. In the second, Mr. Pot goes missing and a secret between Mr. Pot and his wife, Mrs. Tomato, is revealed. In the last volume, Skipper and his friends go off on an adventure to search for the treasure of pirate Fura-Fura, which is described in Mr. Towaiefs book.
Jun Okada was born in Hyogo in 1947. After graduating from Kobe University he worked as an art teacher. He has won many prizes including the Sankei Award for Childrenfs Books in 1984, the Japanese Association of Writer for Children Award in 1987, the Akaitori Award for Childrenfs Literature in 1988 and the Noma Prize for Juvenile Literature in 1995.
||Oni no Hashi
(A bridge to the other world)
Text: Ito, Yu
Ill. Ota, Daihachi
Tokyo: Fukuinkan Shoten, 1998, 340p, Ages 10up
A historical fantasy set in Kyoto in the Heian Period (9th century). Ono no Takamura, from whom the central character of the book is borrowed, was a real person of this period. He was a learned man and poet who is said to have gone back and forth between this world and the gother worldh, the world of death. The boy Takamura was suffering from deep grief as he felt responsible for the death of his beloved younger sister who fell into an old well in a deserted temple while playing hide and seek with him. A month later he visited the well and was drawn into it. He found himself at a bridge, the bridge to connect this world with that of the dead. Characters who belong to the other world, including ogres and those of this world, weave a fascinating story and tell of the boyfs growth.
Yu Ito was born in Kyoto in 1959 and graduated from Ritsumeikan University in 1982, where she majored in Japanese history. She began to send her works to various literary contests and in 1996 she was runner-up of the Fantasy Award for her manuscript Narukami. She now concentrates her efforts on writing historical novels for children. Oni no Hanashi won the Grand Prix of the Childrenfs Literature of Fantasy Award in Japan and is her first work to be published.
||Yamamba-yama no Mokkotachi
(Mokkos in Mount Yamamba)
Text: Tomiyasu, Yoko
Ill. Nana Furiya
Tokyo: Fukuinkan Shoten, 2000, 285p, Ages 8up
The boy Keita lives near the mountain called gMount Yamambah. The inhabitants of this strange mountain are Yamamba, who is a powerful witch, and her daughter Mayu, a long-nosed ogre, a snow woman and folk of the water spirits. All these strange magical people are collectively known as the Mokkos. Yamamba is the central character in the bookfs eight humorous short stories. Based on the Japanese folk tale tradition, each story is full of dynamic action and atmospheric descriptions of the Japanese countryside.
Yoko Tomiyasu was born in Tokyo in 1959 and then moved to Osaka when she was three. She began to write stories for children whilst still in high school. Her works include the series Chiisana Suzuna-hime (Little Princess Suzuna, 1996) and Mujina Tanteikyoku (The detective badger, 1999). She received the Shogakukan Cultural Prize and the Debutant Award given by the Japanese Association for Writers for Children for her book Kunugi-bayashi no Zawazawa (Apartment Zawazawa in Oak Woods, 1990).
||Kami no Moribito Raihohen
(Guardian of the awful Gods)
Text: Uehashi, Nahoko
Ill. Futaki, Makiko
Tokyo: Kaisei-sha, 2003, 288p, Ages 11up
This is the fifth book of a mythological adventure series which has a woman warrior called Balsa as a heroine. She lives in a chaotic world where human beings and holy spirits live side by side. One day Balsa encounters a brother and sister at a slave market waiting to be sold as slave. The girl, who seems to have a strange aura, is called Asra. Impulsively Balsa takes her home. However, she begins to doubt whether Asra is the divinely appointed guardian of an oppressed people, or a child who could bring awful disaster.
Nahoko Uehashi studied anthropology at St. Paulfs University in Tokyo. After obtaining her degree, she entered into the field of study of Aborigines. She teaches at Kaeamura Gakuen Womenfs University. Her books are greatly influenced by her knowledge of anthropology. She received the Debutant Award given by the Japanese Association for Writer for Children (1992) for her book Tsuki no mori ni kamiyo nemure (Sleep, God, in the Forest of the Moon). The first book of the gGuardianh series won the Noma Newcomer Prize for Juvenile Literature and the Sankei Award for Childrenfs Books & Publications. She has been awarded many other prizes for her work.
(The Tale of the Flute Player)
Text: Ogiwara, Noriko
Tokyo: Tokuma Shoten, 2005, 590p, Ages 12up
The setting is the latter part of the Heian period (794-1185). Born to a samurai family in eastern Japan, Sojuro is an unusual boy of 16 who spends most of his time roaming the hills alone playing his flute. When fighting breaks out in the Heiji Disturbance of 1160, Sojuro goes into battle for the Minamoto, but they are defeated and he frees. Wandering in the depths of despair, he meets Itose, a dancing girl who performs dances for the repose of the dead. The retired Emperor Go-daigo discovers that Sojurofs flute and Itosefs dancing both have spiritual powerc This book is a historical fantasy deftly weaving fact and fiction in a tale of the love of young people who seek fulfillment in life. The absorbing plot holds the readerfs interest throughout.
Noriko Ogiwarafs first novel, Sorairo Magatama (Dragon Sword and Wind Child, 1988), won wide acclaim as the first truly gJapaneseh fantasy. It also earned her the coveted New Writers Award from the Japanese Association of Writers for Children. The subsequent volumes in the series, Hakucho Iden (The strange legend of the swan) and Usubeni Tennyo (Maid of Heaven), which won the Akaitori Literature Award, wereequally popular. Subsequent works include the Nishi no Yoki Majo series (The good witch of the west), Kore wa Okoku no Kagi (This is the key to the kingdom) and Jujo no Yurikago (On the tree top).