Shortlisted Books

Magrit
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Designed by
Amy Daoud
Category
Best Designed Children's Fiction Book
Year
2017
Publisher
Walker Books Australia

About the Designer

Amy Daoud is a freelance book designer based in Sydney. Her publishing career began in 2011 when she joined Walker Books Australia where she spent six and a half years creating covers and internal design for children’s illustrated books, junior fiction and young adult titles. In 2016, Amy was shortlisted for the Young Designer of the Year at the Australian Book Design Awards.

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Design Rationale

Magrit lives in an abandoned cemetery alongside her skeleton friend, Master Puppet. One day, a stork delivers a baby whom Magrit wants to keep but Master Puppet wants thrown away; “it’s an awful, ugly, terrible thing” he insists. Magrit ignores her friend’s commands and a powerful passage of self-discovery begins. Beautifully strange and evocatively written, this story called for a vivid, fanciful cover. Elements in paper-cut style illustration convey Magrit’s world – in the shape of Master Puppet’s confronting skull. Illustration is also playfully carried throughout the interior, with hand-drawn typography bringing to life Master Puppet’s bold and brash commentary.

Details
Dimensions
135 (w) x 185 (h) mm
No. pages
160
Special finishes
Imitation cloth case, tinted edges
Credits
Internal Design
Amy Daoud
Illustration
Amy Daoud
Typesetting
Amy Daoud
Printing
APS – RR Donnelley Asia Printing Solutions Limited
Author
Lee Battersby