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The Alligator's Mouth Award Winner 2022

last updated 08 July 2022

We are delighted to announce the winner of The Alligator’s Mouth Award 2022!


We are so excited to announce that Pippa Curnick has won The Alligator’s Mouth Award 2022 with her book Indigo Wilde and the Creatures at Jellybean Crescent, published by Hodder Children’s Books. The award is run by The Alligator’s Mouth bookshop and the Bright Agency, in association with Gardners Books.

Pippa Curnick was awarded The Alligator’s Mouth trophy during a special awards ceremony at the Bright Agency on Thursday 7th July, attended by publishers, authors and industry members.

Alligator's Mouth Award Winner 2022 Pippa Curnick Pippa Curnick winning the award // Photo credit: Alligator’s Judge Jo Cummins

Sophie Henn, winner of the 2021 award with Pizazz (Simon & Schuster Children’s UK), was a judge for the 2022 award, said; ‘It was super tough picking just one book from such a brilliant shortlist but in Indigo Wilde Pippa combines her brilliant text and glorious illustrations to such effect that you just can’t help but jump in and be swept along on this hilarious and fantastical adventure! A wonderful winner!’

Sophie also lauded the work that the award does; ‘The Alligator’s Mouth Award is truly special, celebrating the wonder that is illustrated fiction, an area that is often overlooked and even undervalued. But these books provide a vital link in a reader’s journey, they support those who are struggling with reading and even convert non-readers into readers. And they demonstrate that, when done well, combining pictures with words creates absolute magic.’

Alligator's Mouth Award Winner 2022 Pippa Curnick Pippa Curick with last year’s winner Sophy Henn // Pippa with Hachette’s Alison Padley and Rachel Wade

This year, the award is also working with Fun Kids, the UK’s only National radio station for 6-12 years old. Pippa will be doing an interview with the radio station to talk about her win, and this will be plaing on all Fun Kids radio platforms in the coming weeks.

Videos of special readings and activities by the shortlisted authors and illustrators were released on Twitter and can be viewed on YouTube.

Keep up to date with the awards here and on Twitter by following #AlligatorsAward.

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