The Klaus Flugge Prize for most exciting newcomer to children’s picture book illustration awarded to Eva Eland for When Sadness Comes to Call

  • Sensitive exploration of sadness, “profound in its simplicity”, wins prestigious award for most promising newcomer to children’s picture books
  • Renowned illustrator Mini Grey and 2019 Klaus Flugge Prize winner Jessica Love among judges
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Wednesday 16 September - Eva Eland has won the 2020 Klaus Flugge Prize for the most exciting and promising newcomer to children’s picture book illustration. She won for her book When Sadness Comes to Call (Andersen Press), in which a young child opens the door to an unexpected visitor, Sadness, personified as a semi-transparent amorphous shape. As the two spend time together, the child comes to know and understand Sadness, and then one day wakes up to find the visitor has left. Described by the judges as “a masterpiece of minimalism”, it is a sensitive and profound exploration of a complex emotion in a story that will speak to every child, no matter how young.

Eva Eland grew up in Delft, Netherlands. She studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and the School of Visual Arts in New York as well as at the Cambridge School of Art, where she received a distinction in children’s book illustration. She started working on the book while on the prestigious Cambridge MA course and originally planned to feature other ‘difficult emotions’ such as anger and fear. However, she says: “Sadness was the one that most resonated with me, as it’s a feeling that has frequently visited me since childhood, and one that has become very familiar, almost like an old friend.”

Judge and winner of the 2019 Klaus Flugge Prize, Jessica Love says: “This book is profound in its simplicity. There isn't a single line that Eva Eland puts down that doesn't tell the truth. Perfect.”

The announcement was made on the evening of Wednesday 16 September. Eva Eland wins £5,000.

Alongside Mini Grey and Jessica Love, the judges are Meera Ghanshamdas, bookseller at Moon Lane Ink; children’s book consultant Jake Hope; and Pam Smy of Anglia Ruskin University. Julia Eccleshare, director of the Children’s Programme at the Hay Festival, is Chair of the Judges.

To see the full article, including samples from the book, click here.

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Visit the Klaus Flugge Prize YouTube channel to browse artwork and new books by previous winners, and to take a look into the sketchbooks of the illustrators on the 2020 shortlist.


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