NON FICTION 2022

WINNER

Monstres Sacrés - Voyage au cœur des volcans

Text by Julie Roberge
Illustrations by Aless MC
La Pastèque, Canada, 2021

 

What the jury said:

“Graphically flawless, through simple but well-finished colours and illustrations, and construction of the page accompanying the reading, this book manages to clearly present all information on volcanoes and myths related to them. Yes, because in addition to the scientific aspect, the volume features information about mythology and interesting facts about volcanoes, making the presentation of the topic even more accurate and far-reaching. The book breaks the conventions of natural science non-fiction by integrating and giving equal space to different worldviews.”

SPECIAL MENTION

Para que serve?

Text by José Maria Vieira Mendes
Illustrations by Madalena Matoso
Planeta Tangerina, Portugal, 2020

 

What the jury said:

“A book that, beneath its initial manual-like appearance, conceals a very interesting philosophical narrative about the why of things. Simple (but not simplistic) and powerful illustrations and texts highlight the humorous poetics of the first and last pages. This book is remarkable in its use of warm, tactile illustrations in a non-fiction context.”

SPECIAL MENTION

Des trucs comme ci, des trucs comme ça

Text and illustrations by Bernadette Gervais
Éditions des Grandes Personnes, France, 2021

 

What the jury said:

“On large-format pages, this book presents a gallery of miscellaneous objects, illustrated in a realistic style, organized into logical and poetic categories by a text of simple phrases and titles. The illustrations reveal and show kinships, memberships and similarities that are by no means obvious. Page after page, as if on a large map, the book invites us to seek out links and relationships between distant regions, and to have fun inventing and discovering connections and analogies. The book is like a never predictable game, and hugely rewarding for it.”

 

SPECIAL MENTION

Father’s big hands

Text and illustrations by Choi Deok-Kyu
YUN Edition, Republic of Korea, 2020

 

What the jury said:

“This autobiographical account lyrically illustrates the experience of caring, the universal transition from needing care at birth to caring for our children, and ultimately, toward the end of our lives, to needing to be cared for again. The author’s sensitivity is expressed in the patterns, composition and rhythm of the pages. The editorial packaging is exquisite. Deceptively simple illustrations pay homage to the cycle of life: two stories run in parallel, as our protagonist cares for both his child and his elderly father. Subtle visual clues scattered throughout the pages highlight the deep connection between these different caring roles.”