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IBBY Canada Cleaver Picture Book Award to illustrator

IBBY Canada Cleaver Picture Book Award to illustrator

Oleg Lipchenko


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 15, 2010: IBBY Canada (International Board on Books for Young People, Canadian section) is pleased to announce that illustrator Oleg Lipchenko is the winner of the 2009 IBBY Canada Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (by Lewis Carroll), published by Tundra Books. The $1000 award will be presented to Oleg Lipchenko at a date and location to be announced.


The Cleaver Award jury was made up of children's librarians Lina Gordaneer (chair) and Pascale Grenier, and Brianne Grant, MA in Children’s Literature candidate. The jury's comments on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland:


“This is a captivating book in every way – Oleg Lipchenko has turned this classic story into a rich experience for readers greeting Alice for the first time, as well as for readers those who know the original.  The windowed book cover, gold embossed pages, detailed end pages, and faded, old-photograph colouring of the illustrations, are all visual pieces that work together to make reading it a special adventure.  Lipchenko’s illustrations are more than images on a page, they are a homage to the surreal quality and humour of Lewis Carroll’s text, as well as a meticulously and brilliantly constructed original vision of a longstanding tradition in children’s literature.”


The IBBY Canada Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award, established in 1985, honours the name and talent of one of Canada's pre-eminent book illustrators. Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver left funds in her will to annually recognize outstanding artistic talent in Canadian picture books; the recipient receives $1,000.


IBBY, the International Board on Books for Young People (, founded in 1953, represents an international network of people committed to bringing books and children together. IBBY Canada is one of over 70 national sections worldwide. IBBY Canada is a volunteer organization promoting quality French and English Canadian children's literature nationally and internationally. For more information, please visit


For more information, please contact:

Helena Aalto

Promotion Officer, IBBY Canada

(416) 658-3144



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