Shortlist revealed for Oscar's First Book Prize

Shortlist revealed for Oscar's First Book Prize

Nosy Crow’s Open Very Carefully, winner of the Waterstones best picture book prize this year, is in the running for the Oscar’s First Book Prize, launched last year by the Evening Standard.
 
The book, written by Nick Bromley and illustrated by Nicola O’Byrne, was announced on the shortlist by the Evening Standard yesterday. Also shortlisted are: The Snatchabook, by Helen Docherty, illustrated by Thomas Docherty (Alison Green Books); The Black Rabbit by Philippa Leathers (Walker Books); The Storm Whale by Benji Davies (Simon & Schuster); and Spaghetti with the Yeti by Adam and Charlotte Guillain, illustrated by Lee Wildish (Egmont).
 
Oscar’s First Book Prize was launched last December in memory of Oscar Ashton, the son of the newspaper’s city editor James Ashton, who died last year. Oscar was three-and-a-half when he died from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, an undetected genetic heart condition that thickens the heart wall.
 
The £5,000 award, which is sponsored by Waitrose, is aimed at books that a child under five can pick up on his or her own.
 
Judge Charlotte Ross said the books on the shortlist felt “both timeless and original, and we picked tales with images and words that fired the imagination”.