How can you not love an award for children’s literature that sounds like it was named after a person with multiple personality disorder?
Yes, it’s Cybils season and the second round of finalists were posted this morning. This is the one yours truly has been waiting for because it includes the nominees for the graphic novel category, of which I am a judge.
When heard that the graphic novel announcement wouldn’t come until today I was a bit worried, what with the ending residency at school and all. Turns out my fears were baseless as I have read (and in some cases reviewed elsewhere) all but three titles with only one title a total mystery to me. Like God in a Far Side cartoon making snakes out of clay, this should be a cinch.
Or will it? With so many great titles on the list I suddenly realize that I’m going to have to pit them against each other in no-holds-barred cage matches to determine which truly deserves favor over the other. I may even have to get out my graph paper and comparison charts (again, borrowed liberally from What Color Is Your Parachute) in order to figure out the winners by points.
Of course I alone will not make this decision, I am merely one of a panel of judges. How will the collective see things? Will we go toe-to-toe over our personal convictions or will we bend gently in each others breezes until a consensus is borne? Will we fight doggedly against the obvious or will we, like an ALA panel, allow for the rise of mediocrity in compromise (anyone feeling Lucky?)?
We shall see. In the meantime if you haven’t checked out all the Cybils stuff, or are curious to know what the heck I’m talking about, check it out. Winners for all categories will be announced on Valentine’s Day, a blogger’s heart and a box of virtual chocolates for the writers and illustrators we honor.