The Boy Who Tried to Shrink His Name
Michelle Pereira
Publisher: Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing
ISBN: 9781760509361
Awards Year: 2022
Category: CBCA Award for New Illustrator


When Zimdalamashkermishkada starts a new school, he knows he’s got to do something about his long name.

When no amount of shrinking, folding or crumpling works, he simply settles for Zim – but deep down, it doesn’t feel right. It’s not until a new friend sees him for who he truly is that Zimdalamashkermishkada finds the confidence to step boldly into his long name.

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The CBCA judges say...

An excellent production with high-quality, very appealing retro illustrations which have been created with a limited colour palette using bold strokes and ‘splattered’ detail. The illustrations and text are fully entwined conveying the difficult balance between being ‘different’ and celebrating cultural heritage. The elegant endpapers echo this heritage while the kookaburra outside the window gives an Australian flavour to the setting. The illustrations also appeal to our senses. There is skilled use of ‘white’ space and the night time page made with the green hues is a very effective contrast against the orange of Zimdalamashkermishkada’s name.

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