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Flooded: Winner of the Klaus Flugge Prize for Illustration 2023

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We really liked this story, the meaning and the thought behind it and also the slightly quirky illustrations that bring it to life. All the animals ignore the obvious and go about their busy lives, disjointed from one another and preoccupied by their own problems. Flooded is a visually stunning book with a powerful story about learning to face up to problems before they grow too big. She completed her MA in Children's Illustration from the prestigious Cambridge Anglia Ruskin course in April 2021.

Observing people on the tube, in museums, cafes, etc, really influenced Lost, and Flooded of course! I have even talked the head into a little revamp of the library so that we can display them properly! I didn’t spend much time on the periphery of the characters per se, but I explored a lot of different routes for the story. This page is an allegory to the attitudes we have seen towards climate change over the years, and it only seems to becoming a more pressing issue as more and more people are adversely affected, through droughts, wildfires etc.While we watch the growing distress of the smaller animals, we’re aware that there’s a sort of inverted pride in this inattention. One of the comments you made in a video was about how the story began with a hippo leaving the taps on. Like exceptional picture books such as It Fell from the Sky, this book has hidden depths, such assurance in its skilled presentation and then such meaning. It’d be lovely to hear of any little Easter Eggs (surprises) that readers can find in the picturebook?

It's also quite re-readable - on a second read through you appreciate the stoat/weasel/otter (not quite sure what he is) trying to get everyone's attention throughout the book to tell them what's going on.This experience has been fantastic primarily for the children, the school and also for me (professionally). There is an image, based on the Oxford Circus print, where a panda bear was talking with a tiger on the tube platform, blaming the politicians about what was happening.

Preoccupied by their own concerns, they deal with the practical inconveniences of rising water in humorous and inventive ways until finally they listen to the one voice urging action, and work together on a solution. It’s a very intense three months where the only thing to do is to draw from life, draw, draw and draw.

The drawings and diversity of the animal kingdom will keep younger minds guessing and pointing out different characters on each reading. They absolutely loved the artwork featuring gorgeous, blues and blacks as well as yellow shades for a very significant character within the book. No one minds at first as it was just a little bit of water, but as the city carries on with its usual rhythm, the smaller animals start to realise that it is all becoming a rather big problem.

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