This Small Blue Dot
Zeno Sworder
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Australia
ISBN: 9781760761110
Awards Year: 2021
Category: The Crichton Award
Judge's Critique
This book is a visual and verbal celebration of the creativity of a child’s mind when welcoming a new sibling into the world. Sworder uses a surprising array of mixed-media images on each page to illustrate his often-abstract concepts about life, ecology and sustainability. The incorporation of chalk drawings by a child into the endpapers provide convincing representations of the world of children. This book is an example of an insightful, contemporary work of art with an understanding of how picture books work for child readers. The execution of design and colour demonstrate a pleasing confidence for a new illustrator.