As expected, I didn't win the Enfield Children's Book Award this morning. Jacqueline Wilson did. Which I also saw coming.
It was a very fun event though, and all superbly organised. I really enjoy events where there are not only enthusiastic kids, but other authors too! I don't often get to meet them or chat. But Jonny Zucker and SF Said were both there and I learned a lot talking to them. Had a few laughs too.
It was especially pleasing to meet SF Said, because his first Varjak Paw book was pretty inspiring back when I was writing the early Jimmy Coates books. If you haven't read any Varjak Paw you should check it out.
Anyway, Dame Jacqueline Wilson had recorded a video message accepting the award.
I've heard lovely things about her, though I've never met her myself, so I don't want this to come across as bitchy, but...
...I'm afraid I can't hold back from saying it: I just don't like her books. I've tried and tried to read several different titles of hers and every time I feel sickened after only a few pages (or sometimes just a page or two!).
I know the books aren't aimed at me, so my opinion on her work counts for nothing, but there are plenty of books not aimed at me that I can still appreciate as being well written or funny or interesting in some other way. For example, I think Louise Rennison is absolutely brilliant.
And Jacqueline Wilson is not.
So it confuses me that she is so revered (even by some librarians and teachers).
So there you go. I didn't win the award, and I've had my little whinge about it. Hmm... didn't mean it to come across that way. I just thought it was a good opportunity to put out a plea for people to stop recommending her books! You'll only encourage her. Check out Louise Rennison or Cathy Cassidy instead.