It’s that time of year again! Looking back, I see that I’ve consistently been doing Golden Fuse Awards for a good number of years now. Past selections appeared in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009. Now we turn to 2010, a strange little wildcard year. For a great encapsulation on other blogs, be sure to check out the Seven Impossible Things round-up as well.
And now, on with the show:
Best Cover of 2010
Regardless of your opinion of the book itself, you have to admit that this is a truly smashing jacket. It hints at all kinds of mysteries. The cat’s multiple toes. The person in the tree. Plus it’s impossible to think of the kids in the book any other way after looking at this. It’s really captured their personalities right off the bat. Amazing. Somebody please be so kind as to thank the artist for me.
Saddest ARC to Final Cover Switcheroo
It’s purely personal, but I was quite fond of the first cover and it broke my heart to see the second. We’re dealing with a kid who’s prickly and smart all at once in a historical novel. Cover #2 implies a girly loosey-goosey beach tale, probably involving a romance with a boy. Cover #1 captured the book. Cover #2 feels like an Olive’s Ocean redux. Pass.
Best Readaloud Book to Preschoolers
Jump by Scott Fischer
Best Readaloud Book for Older Kids
I’m the Best by Lucy Cousins
A Pig Parade is a Terrible Idea by Michael Ian Black, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
Most Mysterious Blogger Disappearance
The complete and utter vanishing of Editorial Anonymous. Where did she go? Did somebody “out” her? It was a mystery until her sudden reappearance months and months later. Whew! That was close!
The devil in The Boneshaker by Kate Milford. 2010 wasn’t a great year for villains, but at least we had one that was definitely worth fighting against. I say, if you have to have a bad guy, why not produce the ultimate one?
Strongest 2010 Illustrating Debut
Erin E. Stead for A Sick Day for Amos McGee
Strongest 2010 Middle Grade Novel Debut
A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce (big kid!) with Short: Walking Tall When You’re Not Tall at All by John Schwartz (little kid)
Best Illustrated Publication Page
Shake, Rattle and Turn That Noise Down: How Elvis Shook of Music, Me, and Mom by Mark Alan Stamaty
The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz
Best Endpapers Runner-Up
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood
Endpapers I Would Most Like to See As Wallpaper for my Future Child’s Bedroom
Those found in the book Sneaky Sheep by Chris Monroe
Most Unexpected Blurb
“The Adventures of Nanny Piggins is the most exciting saga about a flying pig nanny ever told. There is a laugh on every page. I recommend it highly.” – Madeleine K. Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State.
“Shoot, dang!” from The Water Seeker by Kimbery Willis Holt.
Best Catchphrase Runner-Up
“Surely is”, from One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
Best Celebrity Appearance in a Children’s Book
Alan Bean in Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Mentions of Oprah That Never Directly Say Her Name
Archvillian by Barry Lyga
Nothing by Janne Teller.
Mentions of Oprah that Actually Say Her Name
Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes.
Best Wordless Picture Book
The Boys by Jeff Newman
Best Faux Video Game Name
“Space Gizmoid” – Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze by Alan Silberberg
Best Ultra-Modern Home
Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile
Best Ultra-Modern Home Runner-Up
House of Dolls by Francesca Lia Block, illustrated by Barbara McClintock
The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs Award of 2010
The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter (read both books and you’ll instantly understand why)
Tit for Tat
I may be wrong, but I believe that Mo Willem’s daughter Trixie is in Pecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson, just as Jacqueline’s daughter was in Knuffle Bunny 2.
Best First Line
“On the morning of his fourteenth birthday, Pepper had been awake for fully two minutes before realizing it was the day he must die.” – The Death-Defying Pepper Roux by Geraldine McCaughrean
Best First Line Runner-Up
“Summer Goodman never knew what hit her. That’s because it was me, and as soon as I collided with her in the hallway – scattering every one of her perfectly indexed index cards – I disappeared into the mob of kids who’d arrived to help realphabetize her life.” – Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze by Alan Silberberg
“Keeper liked sugar, but if you listened to Signe, you’d think that sugar was the same as an oil spill or something and could ruin coastlines, along with her health.” – Keeper by Kathi Appelt
Favorite Trend of the Year
Digits (or lack thereof).
Cats with too many toes on covers: Bobby the Brave (Sometimes) by Lisa Yee and The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter.
Losing digits voluntarily: A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
Haunted digits that strangle you : The Boneshaker by Kate Milford
Runner-Up Favorite Trends
Reaching in people’s throats and pulling out birds
A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz and Brain Camp by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan
Boys who command ships by faking that they are adults
Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce and The Death Defying Pepper Roux by Geraldine McCaughrean
Evil Villains With Devices That Cause Pants to Fall to the Floor
Archvillian by Barry Lyga
Wiff and Dirty George by Stephen Swinburne
Sidenote : In The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger the story concerns a solution to what happens when you spill water on your pants and it looks like you peed yourself. A brilliant solution, no less. Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce had the same problem, but a far less elegant solution.
Girls Who Insist on Befriending the New Boy (For Reasons We Don’t Quite Understand)
Milo: Stick Notes and Brain Freeze by Alan Silberberg
How I Nicky Flynn, Finally Get a Life (and a Dog) by Art Corriveau
Guinea Dog by Patrick Jennings
Climbing High on the Rigging on Ships
The Celestial Globe by Marie Rutkoski
Thunder from the Sea by Jeff Weigel
The Death-Defying Pepper Roux by Geraldine McCaughrean