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World's Top Prize for Children's Book Awarded to Isol

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Published on Mar 28, 2013

Argentine writer and illustrator, Isol, wins the coveted Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for children's literature.

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Argentine author and illustrator Isol won the world's biggest prize for children's literature on Tuesday, with the jury for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award praising her ability to expose the absurdities of the adult world to children.

From her home in Buenos Aires the author, real name Marisol Misenta, says news of her win has travelled quickly in the publishing world, and she now has many offers to translate the books into different languages.

The jury for the $770,000 prize created by the Swedish government in 2002, says the talented author creates picture books from the "eye-level of the child".

Isol echoed this view and put her success down to being able to look at issues from different perspectives.

Isol has written and illustrated 10 books of her own, as well as illustrating other writers' books.

She was born in 1972 in Buenos Aires and also works as a singer and a composer.

Her first book, "A dog's life", was published in 1997 and her books have now been published in about 20 countries.

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