Welcome to the second annual edition of The Little Crooked Cottage Book Awards — otherwise known as ...
The Cottagers have been busy considering all the brilliant titles on our Little Crooked Bookshelf, and we’ve carefully chosen winners for each respective category. Without further ado, the envelopes, please …
Most versatile protagonist: Apple from What’s an Apple? by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by Greg Pizzoli
Coolest hair on a bear: Big Puff's afro in the Super Happy Party Bears series by Marcie Colleen
Most (eventually) lovable villain: The Snurtch from The Snurtch by Sean Farrell, illustrated by Charles Santos
Best one-liner: "Whishhhhh.” —Boggan from The Wish Tree by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Chris Turnham
The MVP Award, for most valuable picture book element: The removable pancake from Pancakes! An Interactive Recipe Book, illustrated by Lotta Nieminen
Mr. Pig's Pig of the Year: Peddles from Peddles by Elizabeth Rose Stanton
Squiggliest plot twist: I o U . . . .vvVVvv^ (translation: Oh, no! It’s a shark!) from A Squiggly Story by Andrew Larsen and Mike Lower
Best soundtrack: Punk Skunks by Trisha Speed Shaskan and Stephen Shaskan
Most adorable duo: Ella and Penguin from Ella and Penguin Stick Together by Megan Maynor, illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet
Stinkiest protagonist: Smelly Baby from Lucy's Lovey by Betsy Devany, illustrated by Christopher Denise
Best adapted (from real life) picture book: Toby by Hazel Mitchell
And finally, the character least likely to have asked to be in this list: Snappsy from Snappsy the Alligator by Julie Falatko, illustrated by Tim Miller
CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners, and to all the children's book characters, authors, & illustrators we’ve hosted at the Cottage this year. Keep up the good work, and best wishes to you and yours (and whatever amazing new books you’re working on) in 2017!