Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Day 77: Drawing the Beatles with Mick Manning and Brita Granström

Check Mick Manning and Brita Granström’s How to Draw... the Beatles.

Mick Manning and Brita Granström have been collaborating together, sharing both illustration and text, for twenty years. Their critically acclaimed books, published internationally and in many languages, mix words and images in all sorts of inventive and delightful ways.

Most recently, they have won the English Association Award for the fifth time with Charlie's War Illustrated. They have also been shortlisted for the 2013 and 2014 ALMA prize. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Awardis international and the largest children's literature prize in the world.

Their first book together won the Smarties Silver Prize in 1996. Since then they have won the Times Education Supplement Award, received five Royal Society Junior Science Book prizes and have wonThe English Association Non-Fiction Awards on five occasions: 2000, 2005, 2008 and more recently in 2011 with a book about Mick’s mother; Taff in the WAAF and in 2014 with a book about his grandfather, Charlie's war Illustrated. Their book about Mick’s father; Tail-End Charlie was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awardsthe ALCS award and was nominated for the Carnegie Medal

Other nice things that have happened to their books include Mick's book A Ruined House being chosen as one of Quentin Blake's fifty all-time favorites in his book The Laureate's Party, and being invited to contribute illustrations, alongside others, to both The Birthday Book (in aid of the Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts) and We Are All Born Free (The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in pictures for Amnesty International).

Recent books include: Charlie's War IllustratedThe Secrets of Stonehenge (nominated for the 2014 SLA awards). Their latest; The Beatles (a biography of the band that changed the world, set against the social revolution of the 1960s), received a half page colour review in The New York Times by David Browne, an editor of Rolling Stone magazine.

Remember to visit Mick and Brita's Web sites

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