Not Cute.
Philip Bunting
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
ISBN: 9781760972387
Awards Year: 2021
Category: The Picture Book of the Year
Judge's Critique
A story with a strong, solid message and well-placed characterisation. Bunting is able to expand a single idea in a few, well-chosen words and seal the narrative off with a neat, amusing ending, largely told in his recognisable illustrative style. The final endpapers and the pale, natural colour scheme work extremely well to encapsulating the atmosphere and theme of the story. Design plays an important role in this book, both in the development of the characters and the ‘moral’ of the book. This is a great example of less is more and of how to get big ideas across in the simplest of styles – both visually and verbally.