Nicholas John Frith wins Klaus Flugge Prize

Nicholas John Frith has won the inaugural Klaus Flugge Prize for the most exciting and promising newcomer to children’s picture book illustration. He won £5000 for his book Hector and Hummingbird (Alison Green Books), about a spectacled bear and his noisy best friend.


‘The shortlist featured six skilful and talented illustrators but Hector and Hummingbird is something very special’ said Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, judge for this new prize, ‘We were particularly impressed with the way Nicholas John Frith creates the characters of Hector and Hummingbird through his illustrations, and the relationship between them is completely convincing. It’s certainly a very stylish book to look at, but the characterisation won it for us. Children will love these two heroes, it’s a book with heart!’

The Klaus Flugge Prize honours publisher Klaus Flugge, a supremely influential figure in picture books, who this year celebrates the 40th anniversary of his publishing house Andersen Press. The Prize is funded by Klaus Flugge and run independently of Andersen Press

The shortlist:

Too Many Toys, Heidi Deedman, edited Maria Tunney (Walker Books)

Hector and the Hummingbird, Nicholas John Frith, edited by Alison Green (Scholastic)

The Girl with the Parrot on her Head, Daisy Hirst, edited by Lizzie Sitton (Walker Books)

Toby and the Ice Giants, Joe Lillington, edited by Harriet Birkenshaw (Flying Eye Books)

Lili, Wen Dee Tan, edited by Holly Millbank (Fat Fox)

Counting Lions, Stephen Walton, written and edited by Katie Cotton, (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books)

9th September 2016

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