The John Newbery Medal is awarded each year by Association for Library Service to Children for outstanding contributions to children's literature in America. Along with the Caldecott Medal, the Newbery is one of the most prestigious awards a children's author can receive. But although countless graphic novels are written each year with children in mind, none have ever won a Newbery. The reason may surprise you.
If you went to grade school (and had a slightly hippy-dippy teacher), you probably read A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. The story, published in 1962, entails a bunch of misfits and the search for their missing scientist father through space and time. The following year, it won the Newbery Medal, the most prestigious honor in children's literature. And now, it's author James Kennedy's entry in the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival, which will feature 90-second video adaptations of Newbery award-winning books. Because according to Kennedy:
It turns out that any book, no matter how worthy and somber, becomes pleasingly ludicrous when compressed into 90 seconds.If it's been on your "must re-read" list for a while, maybe this 90-second version will convince you to finally pick it up. I laughed, I cried, it was way better than Cliff's Notes. (BoingBoing)