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Shackleton's Journey by William Grill
  

Shackleton's Journey

William Grill

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Winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal 2015 Debut author and illustrator, William Grill, 25, has become the youngest winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal. “I believe there is a large, untapped reserve of non-fiction stories waiting to be re-interpreted that, handled correctly, can be educational and entertaining. They can also be more accessible for those who struggle with reading, as dyslexics like myself have. Picture books and graphic novels are a way into reading for us, and I was moved to create my book after reading of Shackleton’s heroism and endurance. I was lucky to find a publisher, Flying Eye, who trusted me and gave me the creative freedom to follow this path. They also understand that, in the digital age, production makes all the difference and so go to great lengths to prove that some things are just better in print. I am thrilled that my book has been so positively received by schools which have seen that children learn very effectively through storytelling. In Shackleton’s case, they can see that he and his crew proved that just because you fail it doesn’t make you a failure. In Shackleton’s own words, ‘the only true failure would be to not explore at all.’”

The Judges said "We are also stunned by how William Grill used such a retro medium – coloured pencils – to bring to life the vastness of the Antarctic environment. Every image, hue, every piece of negative space had a purpose. William may be our youngest winner in half a century but his talent is absolutely fully formed.”

Synopsis

Shackleton's Journey by William Grill

Winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal 2015 In the last days of the Heroic Age of Exploration, Ernest Shackleton dreamed of crossing the frozen heart of Antarctica, a place of ferocious seas, uncharted mountains and bone-chilling cold. But when his ship, the Endurance, became trapped in the deadly grip of the ice, Shackleton’s dreams of crossing Antarctica were shattered. Stranded in a cold, white world, and thousands of miles from home, the men of the expedition set out on a desperate trek across the ice in search of rescue.

Reviews

Winner of the 2015 Kate Greenaway MedalA New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2014Best Children's Book of 2014, Wall Street JournalBest Children's Book of 2014, Brain PickingsA 2015 USBBY Outstanding International Book -Mr. Grill's manner of illustration lends itself beautifully to the juxtaposition of early-20th-century human ingenuity and the raw, indifferent power of nature.---Wall Street Journal -A book every house should have.---The Guardian -A magnificent chronicle by emerging illustrator William Grill, whose affectionate and enchanting colored-pencil drawings bring to life the legendary explorer and his historic expedition.---Brainpickings -A perfect picture book for any would be historian or adventurer. ---This Picture Book Life -Author William Grill does an excellent job telling this story so that the book can be both a resource for a child's book report as well as a captivating picture book for anyone wanting to learn about this expedition. But even more powerful than the narrative are the detailed and dramatic illustrations, done in colored pencils, many which, if framed, would look stunning on a wall. To top it all off, the textured book cover and raw, thick pages make this a book to flaunt on your coffee table or child's bookshelf.---Wink Books -This is a book that will appeal to adult art lovers, picture book fans and history buffs (of which, I fall into all three categories), children and adult alike. The book's large format gives ample space for detailed colored pencil illustrations and the perfect pacing for such a fascinating journey.- - The Eric Carle Museum -What a remarkable book, and a harrowing story of bravery, endurance and hope! [...] Beautifully illustrated and endlessly compelling, it is a tribute to explorers, their bravery and their hopes.-- Sal's Fiction Addiction -William Grill's well designed book is the perfect introduction for young readers to get a sense of the Endurance expedition.- - Mindy Rhiger -An example of the arty but accessible [...], the sketches evoke the feeling of a naturalist's diary with an almost documentary feeling as we peek into the mundane (six months provisions) isolating hardship (crossing the ice fields) and relief (rescue and survival).- -- Lisa Von Drasek, Early Word -The meticulously detailed colored pencil illustrations highlight the planning, the departure, the voyage, the rescue efforts, and the successful return of the crew after the loss of the Endurance on the ice.---Dragon Lode

About the Author

William Grill is a new talent in the British illustration scene. He graduated with a BA (Hons) at University College Falmouth and published his debut book, Shackleton's Journey, with Flying Eye Books in 2014. Grill's main interest lies in narrative illustration where he uses the natural world to inspire his artwork. His use of coloured pencils, layers of shading and work in relief printmaking all contribute towards the evocative and atmospheric illustrations that are so unique to his style. In 2014 Grill won the AOI (Association of Illustration) Illustration Award for New Talent. His book was also a winner of The New York Times Best Illustrated Books, 2014. Grill is commissioned by international publications for his work, and also runs illustration workshops based on Ernest Shackleton's expedition. He is currently working on his newest title with Flying Eye Books, due out in 2016.

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Format

Hardback
80 pages

Author

William Grill
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Author's Website

williamgrill.co.uk/

Publisher

Flying Eye Books

Publication date

2nd January 2014

ISBN

9781909263109

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