Posted: Friday, November 20, 2015

GCS Graduate, Matthew Cordell, Wins Illustration Awards Matthew Cordell, a 1993 Graduate of Hillcrest High School in Simpsonville, and illustrator of over 30 children’s picture books is receiving national and international recognition for his most recent work.

Cordell illustrated Special Delivery Philip C. Stead. The book was just named one of the best five picture books of 2015 by the Washington Post!

The book also won the Chen Bochui International Children's Literature Award from the Shanghai International Children's Book Fair. Judges say the award is about "showcasing the very best in storytelling, illustration, and presentation."

Cordell said, “I'm not sure that anything more incredibly random, unexpected, fantastic has ever happened to me."

Special Delivery
Sadie is on her way to deliver an elephant to her Great-Aunt Josephine, who lives completely alone and can really use the company.

She tries everything from mailing the elephant to boarding a plane, a train, and an alligator to get to her aunt's home. Along the way she meets an array of interesting characters, including an odd postal worker and a gang of bandit monkeys, who all help her get where she is going.

This eccentric and hilarious story from Philip C. Stead, the author of the Caldecott-winning A Sick Day for Amos McGee and illustrator Matthew Cordell will surprise and entertain from beginning to end.

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