C.F. Payne has done numerous children's books in the past, many of them winning international awards. Recently "Lineup for Yesterday", his collaboration with Ogden Nash, won the BolognaRagazzi Award for a children's nonfiction book in the Bologna Children's Book Fair in Italy. For this book, Payne illustrated the greates baseball players of yesteryear to accompany the witty verses of Nash. Here is what the judges had to say about his work:
"Looking at these faces defined meticulous art of an old miniature, observing the care of the wonderful characters and typological analysis made here, it is tempting to regard the book "only" as one of the most brilliant treatises on sociology of sport. But there's more... The atmosphere of these figures is deliberately twilight, they are wonderfully ambitious: eyes, noses, mouths, hands propose again the silence of history on details that are lost. Payne tells many stories with the vibrant tones of accuracy..."
You can see all the winners here.