Elizabeth Bird of SLJ’s Fuse #8 Blog, long a predictor of the beloved Newbery and Caldecott winners, named Grandfather Gandhi one of the four Spring 2014 picture books contenders for the Caldecott!
From the Blog Post:
“You know what I was chanting to myself as I looked up the information about this one? I believe it was something along the lines of “Please let Evan Turk live in America. Please please please let him live in America.” This is because I desperately wanted him to be eligible for the award. And guess what? Not only does he live in the U.S. but he’s a local! A New York City resident (more info here, in case you’re curious). We’re already seeing some marvelous picture book biographies and works of nonfiction this year, Turk’s art elevates what was already a pretty cool story. It’s not just the fact that it’s hugely accomplished. Turk manages to weave in materials and elements that bring to mind books like When Sophie Gets Angry . . . Really Really Angry (not something you’d usually say about a nonfiction text). Hugely rewarding to read, this one’s a keeper. Bear it in mind.” —Elizabeth Bird