Declared the winner of the British children's book award Waterstones
. Nathan Brion and Dapo Adeola enigbokan received a children's book award chain stores for the Waterstones picture book Look Up! ("Look up") about a black girl who enjoys science, The Guardian reports.
The main character named rocket tries to convince his brother, all the while conducting the telephone, to look up at the sky and watch the meteor shower.
Writer and actor Nathan Brion said that the idea for this story came to him after a walk with his girlfriend in Hyde Park, during which all he did was install updates to your phone.
According to the author, the rocket was supposed to be dark-skinned, with long hair and glasses. Illustrator Dapo Adeola enigbokan shared that her portrayal in the book it was inspired by his own inquisitive niece. The artist also noted that usually in children's books about space the main characters – skinned boys, and he tried to create something original.
The representative of the network of shops Waterstones Florentina Martin noted that the Look Up! "brings the traditional picture-books to a new level," noting that she especially liked the rocket – "small man with big dreams", "her boundless enthusiasm, curiosity and kindness".
This book was a book of the year by Waterstones, and also took first place in the category "picture book".
Authors will receive a cash award in the amount of five thousand pounds.