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The Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize 2014 is awarded to "Brown" ("Brune")
NORLA excitedly congratulates the author Håkon Øvreås and illustrator Øyvind Torseter on being awarded the prestigious Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize 2014 for their book Brown (Brune).
The charming book has harvested wonderful reviews, several prizes and foreign rights have so far been sold to seven languages.
And the best news is: the author and illustrator are planning more books about the underdog superhero Brown and his friends!
Read more about the book (and a sample translation in English) here.
Last year’s winner of the The Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize, Seita Vuorela, presented the DKK 350,000 prize to Håkon Øvreås and Øyvind Torseter during the award ceremony in Stockholm City Hall on October 29. She also read from the adjudication committee’s motivation:
“Brown is a warm and powerful story of friendship and courage, full of creativity and everyday magic. It’s a fun story about what it means to be an enterprising little boy when your tormentors won’t give up.
In the children’s book market, Brown fills a gap between books for small children and books for teenagers. It is a story with classic elements, but also one that breathes new life into the Norwegian and Nordic tradition of storytelling for children.”
Read the committee’s motivation in full here.