The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean, has won the prestigious Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to children’s literature.
The award was announced this morning at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Denver.
Eleanor Davis’ Stinky, from Toon Books, received a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor for beginning-reader books.
Gaiman responded to the news on his blog and, more candidly, on Twitter: “About to drink second cup of tea without Marmalade this morning. Also, I just won the Newbury Medal for THE GRAVEYARD BOOK.”
He quickly followed that comment with this slighly less subdued one: “Newbery, not Newbury. Also FUCK!!!! I won the FUCKING NEWBERY THIS IS SO FUCKING AWESOME. I thank you.”
Released in September in the U.S. by HarperCollins, the young-adult fantasy centers on a boy who takes refuge in a cemetery after the murder of his parents. There, he’s adopted and befriended by ghosts.
Davis’ Stinky is about a monster who is terrified of people, and concocts crazy plans to scare a kid away from his swamp.