Liva Cabule scoops 2nd Prize in the Puffin Design Award!

Final year Illustration student Liva Cabule has scooped the 2nd prize in the Penguin/Puffin Student Awards announced last night at an awards ceremony at Penguin’s head office in London. Every year Penguin books ask students to design a cover for a famous book of theirs, this year their childrens division asked students to rethink Roald Dahl’s famous ‘James and the Giant Peach’, Liva says of the cover:

“I decided to use the moon as a symbol of dreams to show James’s hopes for a better and brighter life. Moreover, the moon night shows a sense of magic in the story. Also, I did not want to characterize heroes because it would destroy the children’s own imagination, so I just created silhouettes of them. Besides, people recognize those characters from the Quentin Blake illustrations. I was playing with lights, shadows and paper cut-outs to give a better feeling of the moon night as to make image deep and blithe.”

From nearly 700 entries Liva’s book cover for Roald Dahl’s ‘James and the Giant Peach’ impressed the judges who said:

‘Seems to glow from within. You get a sense of a whole world in the peach’ Meg Rosoff 

‘What the book is about is his friends – and there they are!’ Felicity Dahl

‘A well-executed and original concept that gives the book a whole different look. Intriguing and appealing.’ Anna Billson – Art Director, Penguin Children’s

‘Magical – it really captures the friendship between James and all the insects on their adventure’ Francesca Dow – Managing Director, Penguin Children’s

Pictures: Top Left: Liva accepts her award from Penguin’s managing director. Top Right: Liva (centre) with Illustration tutor Rachel Gannon (left) and fellow student Anita Ivancenko (right) on the balcony at Penguin’s offices on the Strand.

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