We are pleased to announce the shortlist of the BolognaRagazzi Crossmedia Award 2022, made up of the publishing projects that have best expanded their narrative universe to other media.
The international jury examined over 80 projects, selecting 10, from which the Grand Prize and the special mentions were chosen.
PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press
BOOK TITLE: Flora and Ulysses: Tie-in edition
AUTHOR: Kate DiCamillo
PRODUCER: Gil Netter, (Walt Disney Pictures, Netter Productions)
ABSTRACT: Flora & Ulysses is a delightful comedy-adventure based on the Newbery Award-winning book about 10-year-old Flora, an avid comic book fan and a self-avowed cynic, whose parents have recently separated. After rescuing a squirrel she names Ulysses, Flora is amazed to discover he possesses unique superhero powers which take them on an adventure of humorous complications that ultimately change Flora's life--and her outlook--forever.
In 2021, Kate DiCamillo's beloved 2013 novel Flora & Ulysses was adapted and released as a feature film on Disney+. The film, directed by Lena Kahn, brought DiCamillo's characters to life and shares a story that viewers of all ages are sure to connect with.
PUBLISHER: CASTERMAN SA
BOOK TITLE: Ernest and Celestine
AUTHOR: Monique MARTIN (AKA Gabrielle VINCENT)
EXTENSION: Tv series, Toy, Musical
PRODUCER: Foivari (Tv series), ASMODEE (toy)
ABSTRACT: Ernest is a Bear who marches to the beat of his own drum. He earns his living playing the accordion and performing in the streets. In his run-down house, he took in Célestine, a little orphan Mouse, who is cheerful, optimistic, and determined. Ernest & Célestine ont perdu Siméon is the first of a series of 23 books published by Casterman. A first film was released in 2012, and a first series of 23 Tv episodes in 2017. 12 books adapted from the series and the film were published between 2012 and 2018. A musical has been created in 2019, and now a second series is on TV.
PUBLISHER: Centre de créations pour l’enfance de Tinqueux
BOOK TITLE: Pages d'Arbres
AUTHOR: Cécile Palusinki
ABSTRACT: This project is based on the desire to question the relationship of man to nature through the universal archetype of this structuring tree, connecting the celestial, terrestrial and underground worlds, a concept at work in many people around the world. Arbres-Mondes is a project by author Cécile Palusinski, illustrator Elsa Mroziewicz and Saba Niknam, musician Jean-Paul Le Goff, and webdesigner Michel Ravey. It comes as an enriched digital book in web book format, a collection of illustrated poems Pages d'Arbres, 1 giant augmented pop-up tree, an augmented mural and a sound trail. The complete system can be presented as part of a travelling exhibition. The visitor is invited to discover 22 trees and 7 forests from all over the world, from a map on which they can navigate, and to experience a unique multi-sensory reading specific to each type of forest (words, images, sounds).
PUBLISHER: Changbi Publishers, Inc.
COUNTRY: South Korea
BOOK TITLE: BATTERY DADDY
AUTHOR: Jeon Seung-bae, Kang Insuk
EXTENSION: STOP MOTION SHORT MOVIE
PRODUCER: Jeon Seung-bae
ABSTRACT: Battery Daddy begins in the voice of a child narrator who can’t be more proud of his dad, a jack-of-all-trades master of everything from driving to playing musical instruments: an AA battery. Battery Daddy saves the day in every corner of the house, entertaining the child by making toys move, keeping the family safe by manning the house’s electronic door lock, and shooing away unwelcome insect visitors of the night by letting electricity flow through the mosquito net. But the ultimate challenge awaits the seemingly invincible Battery Daddy. On a rainy day, Battery Daddy finds himself at a flooding gorge where the fate of the people lies in his ability to keep the light of the one and only flashlight going. Will Battery Daddy overcome adversity and return safely home, where his dear family awaits?
Battery Daddy originally entered the world as an animated film of the same title that drew acclaim both domestically and internationally (Giffoni Film Festival Official Competition, Fantoche International Animation Film Festival, Wonju Rooftop Film Festival). The emotional force of the world-acclaimed stop motion animation has benne successfully transported onto the page, the 8,000-frame animation translated into a 40-page picture book through newly produced shots the authors painstakingly took to enrich the transformation from film to book.
PUBLISHER: Corraini Edizioni
BOOK TITLE: On The Unfortunate Life of Worms
AUTHOR: Noemi Vola
PRODUCER: Corraini Edizioni
ABSTRACT: To write On The Unfortunate Life of Worms Noemi Vola has been collecting material on worms for at least four years, and when she stopped doing it she realized it would never be enough. We can perhaps delude ourselves that talking about worms in an exhaustive way is possible, but as we go on we understand that they are beings in continuous transformation and for this reason the things to say about them become more and more numerous and complicated. This is why author and publisher felt the need to make a podcast, to continue talking about worms, even if it is an inexhaustible and apparently uninteresting topic for most people: the outcome is a four-part podcast to make you question everything you thought you knew about earthworms. Interviews with scientists, entomologists, writers and cooks: Toon Tellegen, Oliver Douzou, Fabio Barone, Gianumberto Accinelli, Giulia Tacchini, Alice Socal, Giacomo Scarpelli.
PUBLISHER: Editions Milan
BOOK TITLE: Un point c'est tout
AUTHOR: Xavier Deneux
ABSTRACT: Xavier Deneux is a preschool author whose work is always quite identifiable. His motto could read: "Let's keep it simple”. On the “Gigognes” range that he developed with Milan some 10 years ago, a clear line emerged for a perpetual quest for purity, served by an obvious taste for geometric forms, cleverly contradicted by a natural delicacy and bold colours. It has been applied to many titles and “Un point c’est tout” comes from that: an introduction to abstraction as a mean to see shapes and animals on the base of sole little points. A genius way to start counting and draw shape almost out of thin air! When approached to expand the book into an interactive game, Xavier was obviously thrilled. It was a pretext to reintroduce movement to an illustration that already comes with volume. In 2021, the book Un point c'est tout has been adapted into a playful educative game by the author himself, with the help of Bayard Team, for the platform Bayam. With the audio and animated shapes of animals (giraffe, donkey, caterpillar...), the child starts learning how to count from 1 till 10. Thanks to Xavier Deneux's elegant graphics, the child sees the number of dots increase gradually on the screen. He follows the contours with his finger. Then, he counts them, observes their color and imagines which animals are being built.
PUBLISHER: HarperCollins Publishers
BOOK TITLE: The Tiger Who Came to Tea
AUTHOR: Judith Kerr
EXTENSION: SHORT ANIMATED MOVIE
ABSTRACT: The Tiger Who Came to Tea, written by Judith Kerr OBE, has delighted readers since 1968 and has never been out of print. Over five million copies of the book have sold and it has been translated into 27 languages. Lupus Films adapted it into a hand-drawn animated film with sensitivity and care. BAFTA-nominated writer Joanna Harrison wrote a script that retained every line from the book, while director Robin Shaw developed an animation style that captured all the detail of the original illustrations. 36,000 hand-drawn and coloured frames went into making the 24-minute film over 8 months. An original song was composed for the film by David Arnold, known internationally for scoring five James Bond films; co-written with lyricist Don Black and voiced by Robbie Williams. An all-star cast joined the fray with David Oyelowo embodying the insatiable Tiger, Tamsin Greig as Mummy, Benedict Cumberbatch as Daddy, David Walliams as the narrator and Paul Whitehouse as the Milkman. Newcomer, seven-year-old Clara Ross, played Sophie.
PUBLISHER: Kids Can Press
BOOK TITLE: The Most Magnificent Thing
AUTHOR: Ashley Spires
EXTENSION: SHORT ANIMATED MOVIE
PRODUCER: Nelvana; (Lynne Warner and Pamela Slavin co-producers)
ABSTRACT: Based on the book written by award-winning author and illustrator, Ashley Spires, The Most Magnificent Thing is an inspirational story about a little girl with a creative spirit, determined to make great things. When she receives her very own tool kit, the little girl sets out to make the most magnificent thing for her best friend—but it’s not as easy as she thinks! The Most Magnificent Thing is a timeless tale about learning through perseverance and hard work, the power of love, and selflessness. Kids Can Press launched Ashley Spires' picture book The Most Magnificent Thing in 2014 at the height of the "maker movement," when schools, libraries, and communities were unveiling Innovation Hubs and Maker Spaces for creatives eager to tinker and experiment. A story about a little girl who builds things but who becomes frustrated at the process found its audience, and to date has sold more than 700,000 copies, translated into over 25 languages around the world. Nelvana saw The Most Magnificent Thing as perfect for their first animated short film. In 2019 the team, led primarily by women, launched the film, directed by Arna Selznick and narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, and it was an Official Selection at over 90 film festivals around the world, winning more than 25 Best Picture Awards.
BOOK TITLE: Intraducibles
AUTHOR: 68 indigenous traditional speakers
EXTENSION: WEB / STREET ART
PRODUCER: WATER. WE ARE THE ROBOTS
ABSTRACT: Intraducibles is a commitment to human rights, to freedom of expression through 3 different media: book, street art and a website. We're talking about untranslatable words in several indigenous languages. This means that you can't translate them with a unique word, as we’re talking about their philosophies, the essence of the living heritage in the transmission of cultures, knowledge and symbolism. The book gathers 68 words illustrated by 68 different illustrators from around the world. But we knew that wouldn't be enough to reach every kid considering that not all of them have access to books. So we thought that street art is a space that gather people from any cultural and economic situation. We look for different artist that make their own interpretation of each word so we started with an exhibition in a public park in Mexico City where people can see the artist working. Each wall have a QR that connects with the webpage where you can download the book for free and also make community. Kids can send their own drawings and schools can ask for the wall exhibition in their campus. The walls will visit 8 cities in Mexico an USA and still working on more. Each city will add a wall with one more word painted by an local artist. Intraducibles is part of an effort to create materials for education in order to reinforce understanding, tolerance and interculturality.
PUBLISHER: THIERRY MAGNIER
BOOK TITLE: En sortant de l’Ecole Vol. 2 de Roy, Tardieu, Verlaine, Chedid
AUTHOR: Roy, Tardieu, Verlaine, Chedid
EXTENSION: SHORT MOVIES SERIES
PRODUCER: Tant mieux prod
ABSTRACT: What if the art of animation merged with poetry with audacity creativity and dreaminess? Claude Roy’s war poetry, Verlaine’s cursed poetry and Andree Chedid’s humanist verses… Four poets translated into lots of languages whose play on language has had an impact on several generations. Embark on a dazzling journey of poetry, that goes from the poems to a series of short movies and back to the page, with an illustrated poetry book for children.
Discover a book and films featuring 52 poems and 52 graphic interpretations by young animation filmmakers. Each of the short films, whether light-hearted, melancholic, dreamlike or funny are set in a unique graphic world and reflect the diversity of animation techniques. The powerful illustrations take Roy Tardieu Verlaine and Chedid’s texts to a whole new level.