Red Tentacle Finalist: Osama by Lavie Tidhar
Golden Tentacle Finalist: The Samaritan by Fred Venturini

Inky Tentacle Finalist: A Monster Calls

A_Monster_CallsA Monster Calls
Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd
Illustrated by Jim Kay
Walker Books 

Although the entire book is a work of art, it's the cover - that hulking, not-quite-human thing striding over the moonlit landscape, across the furrows and toward an isolated farmhouse - that says everything you need to know about A Monster Calls. It's a horror story, of a sort; an invasion, an assault upon the safe places and the quiet moments; monstrous in its pitiless and inexorable progress. The viewer cannot help but be overwhelmed by that invasion, overtaken by that image. It's gorgeous, horrible, and utterly haunting. [Anne]


From 16 January to 3 February, members of The Kitschies' judging panel will be discussing all of the 2011 finalists. Each review only reflects the view of that judge, and should not be taken as representative of the panel's collective opinion or final selection.

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