"Child-oriented retro, full of Dan Dare references."
Albert le Blancby Nick Butterworth (Collins Children's Books) "There is great affection shown by the illustrator for his characters."
That Pesky Rat by Lauren Child (Orchard) "It's an achievement to make a lovable ratI enormous witI such wonderful chaosI Lauren Child knows which buttons to press."
Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book? by Lauren Child (Hodder Children's Books) "Child is an expert in intertextualityI gives the reader a new experience."
Jethro Byrde, Fairy Child by Bob Graham (Walker Books) "Uses the pages so wellI nothing overstatedI I like the way the parents were complicit in the fairy world."
The Kiss That Missed by David Melling (Hodder Children's Books) "A real-life fairy taleI clever use of shadowsI in terms of its cartoon Disneyesque-style, the draughtsmanship is excellent."
Pants by Nick Sharratt (David Fickling Books) "A very joyful bookI lively and vibrant."
The Cockerel and the Fox by Helen Ward (Templar)
"Beautiful flowI the use of colour is truly outstandingI the eyes are so alive."
The Carnegie Medal (for writing)
Martyn Pig by Kevin Brooks (The Chicken House)
"Very blackI very funnyI written with as much skill as any adult detective story I've readI reminiscent of Shallow Grave."
Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech (Bloomsbury Children's Books) "An Over The Rainbow sort of storyI Dickensian in the degree of thought that has gone into the characters' names."
Up On Cloud Nine by Anne Fine (DoubledayCorgi) "Rekindled my enjoyment of Anne FineI Stolly's a really fragile character, and you only gradually discover this."
The Edge by Alan Gibbons (Orion Children's Books) "Incredibly well plottedI the use of violence to overcome problems is justified in the context."
Across The Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn (Macmillan) "SensualI very, very powerfulI contains violence, but because the book is filmic the violence isn't unsettling."
The Shell House by Linda Newbery (David Fickling Books) "Characters very mature in their discussionsI extraordinarily accomplished."
The Dark Horse by Marcus Sedgwick (Orion Children's Books) "Vast body countI fine storytelling."
Medal winners will be announced in July. The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals runs an awards shadowing scheme for schools.
See www.ckg.org. ukshadowing