Very Sleepy and Wide Awake

by Susanne Straßer

Tired, yet wide awake; the eternal bedtime issue! And there are many characters in this perky board book who cannot with all the will in the world fall asleep.

Hedgehog, Fox, Donkey, Pelican and Crocodile are so tired. Only Seal is wide awake. He skips out of bed—he needs the loo. Now Crocodile is wide awake. Crawls out of bed—the teeth haven’t yet been brushed! One by one the animals drift out of bed and out of the bedroom. The door opens—the door closes.

This is a funny bed evacuation which can only be ended by a goodnight kiss. And a joke at the end may just get the fun started all over again …

Peter Hammer Verlag | board | 24 pp | 240  x 180 mm | 2017 | 2+

Rights sold: Catalan, Danish, Dutch, French, Portuguese, Swedish

[original title: So müde und hellwach]

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Wolf Erlbruch – 2017 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award laureate

 

from the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award Website:
Wolf Erlbruch, born in 1948, is a German illustrator and picturebook author. He has written some ten books of his own and illustrated nearly fifty titles by other authors. He is best known for his illustrations of The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew It Was None of His Business (1994), which became a great success around the world.
The citation of the jury reads:
Wolf Erlbruch makes existential questions accessible and manageable for readers of all ages. With humour and warmth deeply rooted in humanist ideals, his work presents the universe on our scale. He is a master of the illustrator’s art who honours tradition whilst opening new creative doors. Wolf Erlbruch is a careful and caring visionary.Wolf Erlbruch is an innovative illustrator. His visual style grows out of a long tradition and is characterized by strong lines and graphic precision. He often combines different techniques: collage, pencil and chalk drawing, graphic experimentation and watercolour.“Most important in drawing or writing for children is to be honest about your own feelings and tell about yourself also.”, says Wolf Erlbruch.
Link to the ALMA website:
 Link to the full catalogue of Wolf Erlbruch’s titles

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You Could

by Ignasi Blanch & Joana Raspall

If you had been born

in another land,

you could be white,

you could be black…

The colour of our skin, our languages, food, clothes, games … it could all be different if we had been in another place. Some things would be better, others worse, but what is for sure is that we are all human beings with common feelings and needs, no one is immune to unfortunate turns of events. That’s why standing by the ones who are suffering misfortune in any of its forms should be the priority of everyone.

This simple reflection in verse about the human condition, addressed to children and adults, is an emotive homage to all of those people who have had to abandon their homes against their wishes.

Takatuka | hc | 32 pp | 215 x 260 mm | 2017 | 6+

All rights available

[original title: Podries | Prodrias]

 

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Ich – einfach tierisch

von Judith Le Huray und Ina Krabbe 

Stell dir vor, du wachst mitten im Wald auf und bist – ein Hund!

Die Knie knicken mir weg, mir wird schwindlig, ich knalle auf den Boden. Das alles ist ein böser Traum. Oder es kommt vom Sturz. Eine Sinnestäuschung. Oder … Bei dem schockierenden Gedanken wird mir schlecht. Als ich den Kopf schüttle, spüre ich meine Ohren schlackern. Ich bin ein Hund. Ich. Ein Köter.

Die Geschichte ist ein turbulentes Abenteuer, in dem es viel zu lachen gibt, das aber auch viel Spannung in sich birgt. Wird Marvin es rechtzeitig schaffen, wieder ein Junge zu werden, bevor er vergisst, dass er mal ein Mensch war? Ob Hundefreund, Abenteuerliebhaber oder Lachfans, Kinder von 10-12 Jahren werden dieses Buch mögen. – Kinderohren-Blog

Für die Leser ist Marvins wahr gewordener Alptraum ein turbulentes und witziges Lesevergnügen. – Kilifü, Almanach der Kinderliteratur 2016/17

Wer ein Kinderbuch mit Witz, außergewöhnlichem Plot und reichlich Spannung lesen möchte, der sollte unbedingt zu “Ich – einfach tierisch” greifen. Und Jungs bekommt man mit diesem genialen Buch auch zum Lesen! Es gehört einfach in jedes Kinderzimmer! – Wenke Bönisch, Kinderbibliothek-Blog

Humorvoll und aus ungewöhnlicher (Hunde-)Perspektive erzählt Judith Le Huray diese abenteuerliche Geschichte von Freundschaft und Familie. – Evangelischer Buchberater

Südpol Verlag | hc | 216 S. | 2016 | 10+

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Haifische kommen nicht an Land

von Karin Bruder

Joaquín ist zwölf und ziemlich pfiffig, aber in der Schule war er nie. Er hätte auch gar keine Zeit dazu wegen seiner vielen Jobs. Er arbeitet als Kaffeepflücker, Mangoverkäufer und Friedhofsgärtner, und ohne sein Geld käme die Familie kaum über die Runden.
Joaquín lebt auf Ometepe, einer Insel im Nicaraguasee. Das Ufer ist sein Tellerrand, über den er nie hinaus geblickt hat. So sagt das jedenfalls Rosa, dieses Mädchen aus Deutschland, das er auf einigermaßen abenteuerliche Weise kennengelernt hat. Rosa hat schon die ganze Welt bereist, sie hat Geldscheine in den Hosentaschen, sehr blonde Haare und Augen so hell wie ein See. Joaquín ist fasziniert – auch von der Aussicht, ein bißchen von Rosa zu profitieren. So ergattert er einen Traumjob bei ihrem Vater, der als Ethnologe das Leben auf der Insel erforscht und Interviews gegen Bezahlung führt. Joaquín steht begeistert Rede und Antwort, und im Überschwang erfindet er auch ein bisschen was dazu. Bis Antonio, der Sohn des Hoteliers, ihn bei Rosa anschwärzt. Tief gekränkt von den Zweifeln an seiner Rechtschaffenheit, will er nur noch weg von Ometepe! Joaquín büxt aus und macht Erfahrungen, die sein Leben verändern.

„Der Text liest sich schnell und leicht, steckt voller Leben und macht nachdenklich über den Moment der Lektüre hinaus.“
Julia Süßbrich, Eselsohr-leseabenteuer.de


„Haifische kommen nicht an Land“ ist ein eindringliches Buch, abseits der ansonst geläufigen Jugendthemen.
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Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 208 S. | 2015 | 10+

Tim Robber – Jagd nach dem Inselschatz

von Christian Jaksch und Thalia Brückner

Spannende Zeitreise und packendes Piratenabenteuer in Anlehnung an den Klassiker „Die Schatzinsel“!

Der 12-jährige Tim Robber möchte in den Ferien eigentlich nur eines: in Ruhe im Steinbruch von Billford nach Fossilien suchen. Doch dann bekommt er eine bronzene Kugel von seinem Großvater geschenkt, die ein unglaubliches Geheimnis birgt. Als Tim erfährt, was es damit auf sich hat, ist es schon fast zu spät und er muss – um sein Leben und das seiner Familie zu retten – ein unvorstellbares Wagnis eingehen …

gelungene Mischung aus Fantasy- und Abenteuerroman mit einem Helden, der seine Ängste durch die Herausforderungen, denen er ausgesetzt ist, beherrschen lernt ohne zu einem Superhero zu werden. – Sigrid Spieler, ekz-Lektoratsdienste

High-Tech und ein waschechtes Piratenabenteuer – his & her books

Ein spannendes Zeitreise-Abenteuer, nicht nur für Piraten-Fans! – verenas-welt-der-jugendbuecher.blogspot.de

Südpol Verlag | hc | 256 S. | 2015 | 10+

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Am Freitag sehen wir uns wieder

von Karin Koch   

Die meiste Zeit lebt die 14-jährige Juni bei ihrem Vater in Potsdam – zum Glück! Ihre Mutter ist ein echter Kontrollfreak, für alles gibt es feste Pläne, Freiräume sind nicht vorgesehen. Wie Juni das hasst! Und jetzt soll sie auch noch in den Ferien bei der Mutter in Berlin wohnen, weil ihr Vater beruflich verreisen muss. Aber dann trifft Juni auf Sahal, einen Flüchtlingsjungen aus Somalia, der sich auf einem Kreuzberger Friedhof versteckt. Sahal droht die Abschiebung, weil die Behörden ihn für volljährig halten. Obendrein ist er in Kontakt mit kriminellen Kreisen geraten. Für Juni steht sofort fest: Sie muss ihm helfen. Doch je vertrauter sie mit Sahal und seiner Geschichte wird, umso mehr entfernt sich Juni von ihrem geliebten Vater, und schließlich haut sie auch ab. Es ist ein glücklicher Zufall, dass sie Karl trifft, einen alten Freund, der ihr und Sahal Unterschlupf bietet, und dem Juni jetzt auf eine ganz neue Art näher kommt. Karin Kochs spannende Geschichte ist getragen von einer erfrischenden, eigensinnigen Mädchenfigur, die gegen alle Widerstände ihrem Impuls folgt, dem beizustehen, der ihre Hilfe braucht. Dem Thema Flucht begegnen junge Leserinnen und Leser wir Juni selbst: im Zusammentreffen mit einem Gleichaltrigen, der erst ein Fremder ist und dann ein Freund.

In Gedankensplittern, Dialogen, psychologisch einfühlsamen Sequenzen – die ihre Ängste schildern – entwickelt sich eine moderne Großstadtgeschichte, in der Tradition von Erich Kästner und Andreas Steinhöfel. Spannend, mit typischen Krimielementen, aber unsentimental und kritisch erzählt Juni von ihren Erfahrungen, als Flüchtling in ihrer eigenen Stadt zu leben. – SZ, Roswitha Buddeus-Budde

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 210 S. | 2017 | 12+

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Superfans!

von Angela Hüsgen 

Wie weit bist du bereit, für deinen Star zu gehen?
Die bedingungslose Schwärmerei für Sänger Kenny schweißt die drei unterschiedlichen Teenager Pia, Antonia und Philine zusammen. Doch Kennys Karriere hakt. Als er bei einem Auftritt betrunkenen von der Bühne fällt, entführen die Mädchen ihn kurzerhand und verstecken ihn zum Ausnüchtern in einem Ferienhaus. Doch dann wird der Castingstar von seiner Vergangenheit eingeholt, was sich für die Mädchen zu einer handfesten Bedrohung entwickelt …

Südpol Verlag | hc | 160 S. | 2017 | 14+

Nanas Liebe

von Sonwabiso Ngcowa

Aus dem Englischen und mit einem Nachwort von Lutz van Dijk

Vor dem Hintergrund einer wahren Begebenheit erzählt der junge Südafrikaner Sonwabiso Ngcowa die berührende Geschichte des lesbischen Mädchens Nana. Nana wächst in ärmlichen Verhältnissen, aber umsorgt von der geliebten Großmutter, auf dem Land auf. Als diese in finanzielle Not gerät, muss die 14jährige zu ihren Eltern ziehen, die am Rande von Kapstadt im Township Masi leben. Der unerwartet liebevolle Empfang durch die Familie hilft ihr über den Trennungsschmerz hinweg. In Nanas neuer Schule haben die Mädchen nur eins im Kopf: das richtige Outfit und Jungs! Nana fühlt sich fremd, weil sie die Leidenschaft der anderen nicht teilt. Erst als sie sich in Agnes, ein Mädchen aus der Nachbarschaft, verliebt, beginnt sie, sich selbst zu verstehen. Nana erfährt nun beides: großes Glück und die Angst vor Ablehnung und brutaler Gewalt. Denn obwohl das Recht auf sexuelle Selbstbestimmung in Südafrika im Gesetz verankert ist, ist die Stimmung gegen die „Abartigen“ offen aggressiv. Der Weg, den Nana für ihre Liebe gehen muss, ist steinig,  aber das Mädchen lässt sich nicht beirren, und irgendwann kommt sie an in ihrem eigenen Leben.

„Ein anspruchsvolles Buch, das sowohl Einblicke in das Leben im Township gewährt als sich auch einfühlsam mit dem Thema Homosexualität auseinander setzt.”
Heike Nickel-Berg / Der Evangelische Buchberater

“Die Freundschaft und Verbundenheit der zwei Liebenden fasst er in eine Bildsprache, die alle Leser erreicht – so auch den früheren Erzbischof Desmond Tutu. Der spricht Ngcowa große Hochachtung dafür aus, dass dieser männliche Unterdrückungspraktiken ablehnt und neue Rollenbilder entwirft.”
Rita Schäfer, in Afrika Süd 2/2014

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 188 S. | 2014 | 13+

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Max und die Sache mit der Raumzeit-Faltungsinversion

von Frank Schlender

Die Science-Fiction-Nerds Max, Willi und Ben entdecken in der verfallenen Villa plötzlich Licht. Eine seltsame, ältere Frau ist mit ihrer Tochter Penelope scheinbar über Nacht  eingezogen. Penelope, eine auffällige Erscheinung mit platinblonden Haaren, weckt in Max ganz neue Gefühle. Doch dann entdecken die Jungs, dass das Mädchen dreieckige Haare mit Seriennummern hat! Das ruft die „SF-Experten“ auf den Plan: Sind Penelope und ihre Mutter Roboter? Mit Spy-Mobilen und Überwachungskameras versuchen die Jungs herauszufinden, was in der alten Villa vor sich geht und geraten immer tiefer in eine Welt, die sie sonst nur aus ihren SF-Büchern kennen.

  • Viele Dialoge, packend, witzig und kurzweilig
  • Themen: Science-Fiction, Freundschaft, Pubertät und erste Liebe
  • Mit Science-Fiction Glossar: erklärt die wichtigsten Begriffe und Filmzitate für SF-Einsteiger
»Das ist so wie Yps zum Lesen … oder besser noch die Big Bang Theory für Clone Wars-Kids. Top-Tip für Weihnachten, wenn ein Nerd-Kid beschenkt werden soll!!!!«
Otherland
»unterhaltsame Geschichte im Spannungsfeld von schulischem und familiärem Alltag, SF-Faszination und Erwachsenwerden … und neugierig macht auf Einsteins Relativitätstheorie, Wurmlöcher und Raumzeitkrümmung.«
Jutta Kleedorfer, 1000 und 1 Buch

Südpol Verlag | hc | 304 S. | 2015 | 12+

Pssst!

Who Am I, Really? pssst

An enchanting poetic diary in cartoon style

by Annette Herzog, illustrated by Katrine Clante

Viola—no longer a child, but not yet an adult—ponders life’s big and small questions. Her thoughts and emotions evolve around friendship and the fear of being ostracised. Around the trouble with her family, love and the support that comes with it. Around boys, looks and recognition, around achievements and setbacks. And the Where From and Where To, around life and death. And over and over again the question: Who Am I, Really?

Author and illustrator succeed in unfolding the young girl’s entire cosmos in twelve episodes and a unique interplay of text and images. This is done with great stylistic and artistic variety. Pages like a pin board with old photographs and a lock of hair, scribbled notes and romantic glossy prints render Viola’s world palpable. Comic panels observe her in daily life, a school essay and diary entries make her thoughts readable.

Whether childishly naïve or philosophically clever—Viola’s thoughts and feelings are just as deeply felt and as disturbing as this entire period of coming-of-age. An exhilarating book!

  • Nominated for the German Youth Literature Award 2017
  • LUCHS Award – January 2017
  • 7 Best Books for Young Readers in September 2016 – Stiftung Lesen
  • “Toad of the Month” – December 2016
  • Danish Culture Award for Best Illustration
  • Ping Prize for Best Children’s and Young Adult Cartoon

With respectful humour and great seriousness does Annette Herzog bring the emotional turmoil of an adolescent into a compelling literary form. – Karin Gruß, Eselsohr

… the illustrations in this book mirror just that: collages, comic strips, pin boards, everything is just as it is for Viola, inside her and on the exterior. Nothing appears to be final, everything is in motion, changes, is sometimes sad, sometimes funny and looks beautiful in this colourful jumble. – Susanne Rikl, www.kommbuch.com, 28.10.16

Pssst! is a dreamy, honest and beautifully illustrated book …. that maps the transition into adulthood in comic-like episodes. It accompanies girls from 10 years and more through an eventful, sometimes turbulent, but fulfilling adolescence full of changes and shows how the search for one’s own identity is shaped. – Bücherkarussell, www.janetts-meinung.de

Peter Hammer Verlag | pb | 96 pp | 170 x 245 mm | 2016 | 11+

Rights sold: Korean, Swedish

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Non-fiction Book of the Year 2016

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Jens Soentgen’s How to Philosophise with Fire has won the award of Non-fiction Book of the Year 2016 – as the most knowledgeable young adult book.

The prize is awarded by the magazine Bild der Wissenschaft, which has chosen six books that deal with scientific and research topics in a particularly competent, accessible and entertaining manner.

  • EMYS of the Year 2016
  • Non-fiction Book of the Year 2016 (Category: Perspective)
  • One of the 7 Best Books for Young Readers – December 2015 & January 2016
  • Winner of the EMYS Non-Fiction Book Prize – February 2016

 

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The Magic Pattern

The Mystery of Captain Triangle’s Treasure Map Buch_gerade

he wizard pupils Elmar, Clarissa and Marlon go to the wizards’ school Abracadabra. Here, lunch isn’t cooked, it is conjured! And the lessons don’t cover any trivial things, but broom riding, magic animals and magic spells. In this environment, the three wizard pupils have to solve tricky (but suitable for children) puzzles surrounding numbers, the times table and geometrical shapes. The playful exposure to math-puzzles will enthuse even math-grouches!

The third volume centres on mysterious areas, shapes and figures. Elmar’s uncle Estragon, a famous wizard, is in possession of Captain Triangle’s bedevilled treasure map and close to solving the mystery of the map. But then Estragon is swallowed by the treasure chart! Elmar, Clarissa and Marlon have to resolve the riddles in order to set the uncle free.

Three bright young wizards, a mysterious thief, the ghost of a pirate, a surprisingly clever parrot, lots of action, a pinch of suspense and tricky math puzzles in non-excessive portions—that’s the recipe for a book that will introduce children aged 8-10 to maths in a most pleasurable manner. – www.kinderohren.com

Südpol Verlag | hc | 136 pp | Feb 2016 | 8+

Rights sold: Korean

[original title: Das magische Muster]

Previous titles in this series:

The Magic Times Table (vol. 1), The Magic Minus (vol. 2)

Rights sold: Korean, Turkish

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The Zebra Under the Bed

by Markus Orths & Kerstin Meyer zebra-unterm-bett

One morning there is a zebra under Hanna’s bed. A living zebra! Just like that. Hanna has only recently moved into the area with her two dads, so she is happy when Browninger—that’s the zebra’s name—comes along to school with her. .A zebra in the classroom? Impossible! But as Browninger is darned good at writing, calculating and gymnastics, he is allowed to stay. At least to start with. The children will never forget this school day: imagine learning how to write on Browninger’s stripes! Leap-frogging over his back! A dream of a gymnastics lesson!

But all of a sudden the door opens and two zoo keepers come in and lead Browninger away. What is Hanna to do now?

  • White Ravens 2016
  • Leipzig Reading Compass 2015
  • 7 Best Books for Young Readers, Jan 2016

A funny book against prejudices, a book that captures your interest in the unknown. – Der Tages-Spiegel

Great characters, super dialogues and marvellous illustrations: seldom has a Book handled the topic of being different in as graceful a way. – White Ravens

A sweet, whacky story with great depth. – ORF

A book to fall in love with. – Evangelisches Literaturportal

Moritz Verlag | 72 pp | 150 x 218 mm | 2015 | 6+

Rights sold: Czech, Spanish

[original title: Das Zebra unterm Bett]

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If I Was a Banana

by Kieran Rynhart & Alexandra Tylee

A strong and simple picture book that perfectly encapsulates the world of a childif-i-was-a-banana

If I was a banana, I would be that one, so beautifully yellow and full of banana …

This boy’s eye-view of the everyday brings alive all the wonder and oddity of the world inside our own heads. It beautifully captures the magic that a child can find in common objects and day-to-day encounters—bananas, toys, breakfast, stars.

Each of these simple things sparks a new train of thought, and the result is a gorgeous mix of the poetic and the prosaic which will touch the child—and the heart—in all of us.

… this low-key, whimsical exploration of imagination repays repeat readings…those who share the unnamed narrator’s quirky viewpoint will be pleased to discover that they aren’t the only ones who wonder. – Kirkus Reviews (US), August 2016

Through each “If I was” scenario, the voice of the narrator begins to echo children around this age–full of questions and curiosity. The vast imagination is met with gorgeous illustrations that express the´ child’s wonder and portray each animal or object with precise likeness. Perfect for young readers who like to dream and think about the “what ifs” on a lazy afternoon. -Reviews Coming at YA (US) – August 2016

Gecko Press | 32 pp | 260 x 210 mm | Oct 2016 | 3+

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There’s a Skeleton Under the Bed

by Arne Rautenberg & Nadia Budde

Scary Poems for Brave Children

What could be more enjoyable than to get the creeps? Arne Rautenberg revives the ununterm-bett-liegt-ein-skelettdead and has them rattle, slime and screech through his poems. Skeletons, cyclops, zombies and frops.

He rhymes with wonderfully disgusting ingredients and has huge fun with syllables, words and their sound. And as creeps and giggles go hand in hand, Nadia Budde’s illustrations are the perfect complement. She delivers the hairy and bug-eyed creatures that give everything they’ve got to frighten us—and they are pretty hilarious at that!

Children’s poems that are great fun, inspire delight in language and in experimenting with sounds and crazy mind games. And they are perfect for everyone who enjoys the Halloween wine gums in the shape of eyeballs, dentures and blue worms.

  • Winner of the Josef-Guggenmos-Prize 2016

Peter Hammer Verlag | 48 pp | Sept 2016 | 5+

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[original German title: Unterm Bett liegt ein Bett]

 

 

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Leo’s Wild Adventures – Dinosaur Alarm

by Andreas Völlinger

Leo and his inventor aunt travel to the dinosaurs—unfortunately one of the huge creatures travels back with them and is suddenly standing in Aunt Agnetha’s garden!leos-wilde-abenteuer

Leo is to give a presentation on his favourite animal in class. But how is he supposed to observe an Apatosaurus that has been extinct for a long time? Luckily his Aunt Agnetha is an inventor who hasn’t only designed household robots, but also a time machine that takes them to the Jurassic to look at a living Apatosaurus! Disastrously, upon their return a huge dinosaur stands in the middle of Aunt Agnetha’s garden and gets its teeth into the neighbours’ rose bushes—until Leo shrinks it to dog size with Aunt Agnetha’s shrivel projector.

A great, wild and funny adventure. – Radio Bremen

This story is so entertaining that you start again from the beginning right away to learn once more about the great inventions and exciting adventures of Leo and his aunt Agatha. – www.kidsbestbooks.de

Südpol Verlag | 92 pp | 148 x 210 mm | with 44 b&w illustrations | Aug 2016 | 7+

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[original German title: Leos wilde Abenteuer. Dino-Alarm]

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How We Saved Christmas Once

by Sabine Lipan & Sasha Zilberman wie-wir-mal-weihnachten

In many families Christmas Eve is no longer very sacred. Fidgety children, nervous parents. The house must be cleaned, the tree decorated, the duck crispy. The giving of the gifts takes place at an appointed time and deserves its own festive context.

This is just what Jonas, Julia and Janni want and that’s why the tears are falling as soon as the parents announce on 23rd December that they will have to work the following day. How is that supposed to work out? While the older siblings are dejectly sitting at the breakfast table the following morning, little Janni is already planning the rescue  operation: the duck will be sizzling in the oven and the tree will be lit up when the parents return home!

The three are quickly shelving the plans for dinner due to pity with the fowl, but then the Christmas preparations gather speed. Everything goes haywire and it is huge fun! When the parents suddenly turn up, everything is ready—a happy Christmas!

Henning Wagenbreth—distinguished illustrator (The Pirate and the Apothecary) and professor at the Berlin University of the Arts—has worked on this book with his illustration class, resulting in this wonderful picture book debut of young illustrator Sasha Zilberman.

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 48 pp | Sept 2016 | 5+

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[original German title: Wie wir mal Weihnachten gerettet haben]

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God, the Dog and I

by Wiebke Oeser & Will Gmehling gott-der-hund-und-ich

It was an ordinary day when God turned up. A place like many others, between the tower blocks, where the bins are placed. The boy on the swings immediately saw that it was God; this bloke in the old jacket and weird hat.

When the boy joined God for a walk, he wasn’t afraid of anything, not even of the guy next door. Without getting tickets, they took the bus to the supermarket where the boy’s mother works at the till. Without paying, God got ice cream for the boy and himself, and when he touched the mother, she briefly shimmered in thousands of colours. They joined the father at the football pitch, where he was meeting the other men, who were also without jobs. God smoked with them and they talked about the things that didn’t work out—in football and in life.

On the way home, God untied a forgotten dog that followed him. When the boy had said his goodbyes, God and dog walked away and looked just like everyone else who was out and about.

Will Gmehling puts God right into the middle of life. Quite unspectacular he sees him where there is attention, care and trust and allows for the magic in these daily-life experiences to become noticeable. Wiebke Oeser’s coloured pencil drawings strike the right note of the story; they narrate unobtrusively and with warmth.

  • One of the 7 Best Books for Young Readers – October 2016

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 32 pp | 245 x 245 mm | July 2016 | 5+

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[original German title: Gott, der Hund und ich]

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One Thousand Follies

by Eva Muggenthaler & Jürg Schubiger tausend-dummheiten

Magnificent Story Between Heaven and Hell

When Luci joins the class, it quickly becomes apparent that he is no child like the others. The little horn peaks on his head and his hoof leave little room for doubt: Luci is a young devil straight from hell.

Devils, even little ones, can do things others are incapable of. The class is mesmerised when Luci lights the teacher’s cigarette without matches, with no more than a flick of his long-clawed fingers!

But how did he end up here, where he is constantly plagued by home sickness? Luci has come for his apprenticeship. He is to instigate 1,000 follies and for each and every one he carves a groove into his hoof. Once he’s accomplished his task, he can return to hell. The children are ecstatic and cause all kinds of mischief.

But by the time more than 900 grooves have been gathered, many things have changed. The children want Luci to stay and do what they can in order to avoid new grooves from being carved. And even Luci, who adores the teacher, avoids some follies.

Only the home sickness tempts him to play one or two pranks. And so the thousandth groove slowly comes closer. A story that only Jürg Schubiger could narrate in this manner: so fine, so warm, so humorously and with a deeper meaning. Eva Muggenthaler’s fantastic images have carried it even further!

  • One of the 7 Best Books for Young Readers – October 2016

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 32 pp | 198 x 286 mm | July 2016 | 6+

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[original German title: Tausend Dummheiten]

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Lucky Linus

by Britta Gotha & Hanna Jansen linus-im-gluck

Even though bears of various kinds lived in the town—black and white, striped and nicely coiffed—one of them always stood out: Linus. His fur was so scraggy that you could only see the tip of his nose. He didn’t work and danced through the streets like a spinning top. This bear was a hair-raising nuisance.

He was called lazy and locked up. When asked about his behaviour by the bear judge, Linus admitted not to know the reason and that he would have to look for the answer. So he was called a fool and chased out of town.

Linus, who couldn’t help but be happy, was almost even happier when he lived far from the town. Here, he encountered travelling bears. They also wanted to know who he was and why he was here. When they heard that he was looking for the answer, they thought it clever and henceforth they talked about the wise bear outside the town gates. This is how Linus came to be the great advisor of all travellers. He, who was really only a scraggy, happy bear.

Britta Gotha has created images full of light for Hanna Jansen’s story and has populated them with rather amazing bears.

“A story about being different, with wit and poetry both in the text and the images.” – Badische Zeitung

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 24 pp | 297 x 210 mm | July 2016 | 4+

Rights sold: Chinese (simplified)

[original German title: Linus im Glück]

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Hodgepodge in the Head

by Michaela Holzinger & Thilo Krapp krimskrams-im-kopf

Lenny’s head is full of hodgepodge. So Hilda claims, who lives in the park through which Lenny passes through on his way home from school. That is to say that he always has funny and crazy ideas. When the school holidays begin Lenny is to go and stay with his grandparents who live in the country.

He imagines villages, nature and boredom, but he is vastly mistaken: A crazy goat wants to be tamed, a new arch enemy is to be defeated and a mysterious figure roams the gloomy Grimmel Forest. Until a much greater danger looms for Grimmel Valley. Fuelled by the hodgepodge in his head as well as grandma’s fabulous cherry crumble, Lenny rises to the challenge. Enemies of Grimmel Valley, watch out!

Obelisk Verlag | 140 pp | 135 x 203 mm | July 2016 | 9+

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[original German title: Krimskrams im Kopf]

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Othello & Giovanni – The Great Cat Robbery

by Thilo Krapp

Two cat brothers battle against a crazy scientist who wants to extract the 7-lives-serum out of 100 catsBuch_gerade

The two tomcats Giovanni and his twin brother Othello are bosom buddies. But then this strange man turns up and Othello doesn’t return from one of his excursion. Giovanni is forced to venture out into the big, unknown forest in order to rescue his brother. Soon he gets help of an unusual kind in Rosella, an escaped goldfinch lady, who seeks a career as a singer. Together they rescue Othello from the hands of the megalomaniacal scientist Dr. Waldemar Wummering who wants the cats to extract the 7-lives-serum!

Südpol Verlag | 200 pp | 160 x 220 mm | Aug 2016 | 8+

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[original German title: Othello & Giovanni. Der große Katzenraub]

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A Houseboat for Wolf

by Kai Aline Hula ein_hausboot_fuer_den_wolf

Wolf is earning his money with raids in the woods. He has had a stressful year and it is finally high time for a holiday. So the deserted houseboat on the river comes in very handy!

But just as he is about to set sail, Fox turns up, makes himself comfortable and just won’t clear out. Fox will simply have to come along then, thinks Wolf—the main thing is: Holiday! But just then Goose arrives, closely followed by Bear. Wolf is in despair. All he wants is to have a quiet holiday on an abandoned houseboat!

But whose houseboat is this anyway?

Obelisk Verlag | 80 pp | 135 x 203 mm | July 2016 | 8+

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[original German title: Ein Hausboot für Wolf]

 

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That’s NOT a Hippopotamus!

by Sarah Davis & Juliette MacIver

A deft and delightful tale, packed with word play and madcap energy

A class trip to the zoo descents into a chathats-not-a-hippopootic hunt for the missing hippopotamus. Teacher, zookeeper and all the children join the search. The noise and drama reach a pitch, and no one thinks to listen to quiet Liam, who really might know where the hippo is hiding.

“MacIver’s bouncy, rhyming text betrays its antipodean origins with dropped H’s aplenty: “I got ’im, Miss! I got ’im, Miss!” Davis’ colorful illustrations match the text’s energy and zaniness, doing a better job than many at capturing racial differences among the children. Buoyant fun for the very young.” – Kirkus Reviews (US), August 2016

“Full of diversity, these adorable children are just what kids should be–silly and curious. The illustrations of the diverse class enhances adventure with colorful and racially diverse characters.” – Reviews Coming at YA (US) – August 2016

“It has all the frantic energy of something like Catch That Cookie, but it also speaks to those quiet kids in a class. Good-natured, funny, and a fabulous readaloud to groups of kids.” – Best of Books 2016, The School Library Journal (US), August 2016

Gecko Press | 32 pp | 250 x 260 mm | Oct 2016 | 3+

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Good Night, Sleep Tight!

by Kristina Andres

Eleven and half good night stories with Fox and Rabbitnun-schlaft-mal-schon

Fox and rabbit lived far away, behind the mole hills, in a small yel-low house. If they can’t sleep, they count the good nights (335 in total). If they wish each other a good night, the rustling pear tree, the raspberries and the stars join in. If rabbit is ill and in his fever-ish delirium believes that it snows, then fox pushes him on his sledge through the cherry blossom ‘snow’ in the middle of Spring. They experience adventurous nights in a tent, transport fish in the kangaroo’s pouch and practice how to sleep like bats.

Kristina Andres’ good night stories with fox and rabbit are heart-warming. They tell of friendship, security, life in the country and have everything it takes to make this a favourite book!

Moritz Verlag | 64 pp | 190 x 240 mm | Aug 2016 | 5+

Rights sold: English (world)

[original German title: Nun schlaft mal schön!]

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The Most Terrible Monster in the Whole World

by Hans-Christian Schmidt & Andreas Német schrecklichste-monster

The most terrible monster in the whole world is here! Everyone runs away, screaming in fear! But no, not everyone: we, the brave picture book readers are not afraid. We will not be scared by a grimace and hideous face!

The monster is trying harder and harder, tries to startle us, tries a disguise and even calls upon other monsters for help … But that is also of no use: we are simply not scared! The monster is baffled.

Finally, we turn the tables: we scare the monster! And it is obvious who will be running away now …

This picture books guarantees terrific fun, because it involves its little readers in the action and turns them into the main protagonist. Unequalled!

‘Interactive books’ that enable children to seemingly communicate with the book’s characters are a new trend and are particularly funny. It doesn’t matter if the texts are read by an adult or if the child is a beginning reader engaging in the game. The book by Andreas Német and Hans-Christian Schmidt let’s the child act in a self-confident manner: It is not afraid of the monsters, but instead the child frightens an entire horde of monsters. This results in a lot of laughter and leaves [the reader] with a wonderful feeling as well as the wish to start all over again. – Projekt Mami – picture book tip, October 2016

Many great ideas for a book with extremely felicitous design and surprising twists. Highly recommended.AJUM

Huge fun for monster hunters, monster fans and of course for all little scaredy cats – because everyone is allowed to join in!www.familie.de

This picture book could just as easily be entitled ‘The Greatest Fun’! Because that’s what it is: Interactive, full of relish and screamingly funny. The most terrible monster in the whole world is herre! Everyone is running away in fear. But no, not everyone: We, the brave picture book readers, are not afraid. We won’t be scared by grimaces and terrible faces! The monster tries harder and harder, tries to startle us, tries in disguise, even calls on other monsters for their help … but all in vain: We are not scared! The monster is at a loss. Finally the tables are turned: We scare the monster! And now it is obvious who will be running away! This picture book is huge fun, because it fully involves its little readers in the plot and finally makes them the main protagonist. This creation by the two picture book artists from Dresden is unequalled. www.hofheim.de/kultur

Moritz Verlag | 96 pp | 230 x 230 mm | Aug 2016 | 4+

Rights sold: Chinese (simplified)

[original German title: Das schrecklichste Monster der Welt]

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Waiting for Goliath

by Antje Damm warten-auf-goliath

A bear sits on a bench at the bus stop and tells everyone who passes by that he is waiting for Goliath. Goliath is strong and clever: “He can even count up to 18!”. At last, a bus arrives—but no one gets off. But Bear is certain: “He’s coming. He won’t let me wait in vain.”

Bear patiently continues to wait. The robins have already flown south when the first snow falls: When Bear wakes up after a long sleep, he hears a sound as if someone was moving their hand over a piece of paper. Sure enough: Goliath is here and the two immediately know what they will be doing first! Finding out who Goliath really is turns out to be a big surprise for everyone!

Moritz Verlag | 36 pp | 194 x 256 mm | Aug 2016 | 4+

Rights sold: Chinese (simpl.), English (world), Korean, Slovenian

[original German title: Warten auf Goliath]

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Outside My Door On the Foot Mat

by Nadia Budde  Vor meiner Tür

Nadia Budde’s hero is no longer the master in his own house, because he has a permanent resident: the rat. Day after day he finds the rat on his doormat when he gets home; huge and in good humour. Once she’s inside the house, she puts on his slippers and makes herself at home: on the sofa, on the piano stool, in bed. She pushes in: in the bathroom, at the fridge, in front of the mirror. Monopolizes the telephone, makes a noise and gets onto his nerves until even our longsuffering hero bursts with anger!

And then she is suddenly gone. Alas! Instead of being relieved, our hero is melancholy and his home appears dull to him. So he sets off on a search … Nadia Budde rhymes as casually as if she did nothing but speak in verse and her pictures paint the complicated sentiments of this pathetic-comical flat share to a hair.

Remarkable Book 2016

An incredibly funny and yet poetic book about friendship – Kölner Stadtanzeiger

It is worth taking a close look so as to not miss any details … Budde is simply ingenious – Titel Kulturmagazin

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 32 pp | 220 x 250 mm | Feb 2016 | 4+

Rights sold: French

[original title: Vor meiner Tür auf einer Matte]

 

 

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Nadia Budde’s new book has been awarded as one of the “Remarkable Books 2016”

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Nadia Budde’s new book Outside My Door on the Footmat has been chosen as one of the “Remarkable Books 2016”; a prize that is awarded as part of the 16th International Literary Festival in Berlin. The organisers ask themselves the question “Which remarkable book should children, teenagers or young adults read at all costs?” We are delighted that they have come up with this book as their answer!

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Bathtime for Little Rabbit

by Jörg Mühle Badetag

Do you know a child that enjoys having its hair washed? Honey Bunny also needs to be talked into it, but then it turns out to be not quite so bad after all. When the hair dryer is broken, each and every reader is allowed to blow. Harder! Now putting the lotion on and then bath day is over with. Honey Bunny is clean. Spick and span!

Following Tickle My Ears, Jörg Mühle has created another board book that invites children to turn on the shower, cover the eyes and dabbing off the nose. Fun for everyone! Once again, Honey Bunny charms everyone who takes a look: children, parents, bunnies.

Moritz Verlag | board | 22 pp | 170 x 170 mm | Feb 2016 | 2+

Rights sold: Chinese (complex), Dutch, English (world), French, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Swedish

[original title: Badetag für Hasenkind]

The first title in the series:

Tickle My Ears

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33 Arches and One Teahouse

by Mehrnousch Zaeri-Esfahani  U4-U1_0537_33_BOGEN_UND_EIN_TEEHAUS.indd

Little Mehrnousch and her three siblings, children of a surgeon, have a privileged childhood in the lovely city of Isfahan in Iran in the 70s. Like most others, the family celebrates the eviction of the Shah as a fortunate event—little do they expect that the new ruler Ayatollah Chomeini would establish a despotic rule and rob them of their freedom in no time at all.

Bewildered with fear and anger, Mehrnousch experiences how the oppression begins to find its way into all areas of life. When her 14-year-old brother is in danger of being sent into war, the family flees via Istanbul and East Berlin to West Germany. They begin an odyssey through refugee hostels, a constant up and down between hope and despair until the family at last finds a new home in Heidelberg.

Mehrnousch Zaeri-Esfahani narrates the story of her life with poetic power. She tells of the beauty of Isfahan and happy family life, of the torment of the dictatorship, of the sad, but sometimes also cheerful experiences during these years. Of the feeling of speech– and homelessness and the joy of arrival.

  • Winner of the LUCHS Award 2016
  • 7 Best Books for Young Readers – April 2016

A testimonial and parable at the same time. An outstanding novel that will persist. – NZZ am Sonntag, Christine Knödler

The author very touchingly tells of parting, loss and despair—consistently from the child’s point of view. –Süddeutsche Zeitung

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 148 pp | Jan 2016 | 12+

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[original title: 33 Bogen und ein Teehaus]

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LOOK! Germany is Guest of Honour in Bologna 2016!

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Germany was Guest of Honour at this year’s Bologna Book Fair!

Click HERE to download the LOOK! catalogue!

The following illustrators that have been selected for the Illustrator’s Exhibition are also part of my portfolio:

Sonja Bougaeva

Antje Damm

Stella Dreis

Ina Hattenhauer

Tobias Krejtschi

The works of the following authors/illustrators that have been selected for the Book Collection Exhibit can also be found in my catalogue and on my website:

Jutta Bauer

Rotraut Susanne Berner

Aljoscha Blau

Nadia Budde

Wolf Erlbruch

Katja Gehrmann

Susanne Göhlich

Vitali Konstantinov

Daniela Kulot

Kerstin Meyer

Eva Muggenthaler

Jörg Mühle

Thomas M. Müller

Isabelle Pin

Jens Rassmus

Dorota Wünsch

 

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Mac Pong and the Totally Crazy Caber Toss

by Carola Becker & Ina Krabbe Maec Mief Baumstamm

Between bagpipes and flying tree trunks: the second case for the Scottish sheep Mac Pong

There are not only bagpipe players at the Highland Games, the traditional Scottish folk festival: a thief has stolen the wallets of the entire Olifant family! Luckily, sheep Mac Pong and his friend, sheepdog Bonnie, have come along as mascots. Following an adventurous chase they are able to catch the thief and finally even receive a medal from the Queen herself—even though Mac Pong would rather have eaten the flowers on the royal hat.

Südpol Verlag | hc | 92 pp | 148 x 210 mm | Feb 2016

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[original title: Mäc Mief und das total verrückte Baumstammwerfen]

Previous title in this series:

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Talitha

by Carolin Philipps Talitha

15-year-old Talitha and her family live in a village 30 kilometres north of Damaskus. Her father is a doctor, the mother, who used to work as an interpreter, looks after her and her two brothers.

Everything is fine until Muslim rebels seize the village, destroy the cloisters and churches and perpetrate a bloodbath one day. Talitha’s brother Noah is killed in the attacks. The family flees; from Syria to Europe, to Vienna. From here they want to make their way to relatives in Germany, but the family is separated. By the time they manage to get in contact again, Talitha and her one remaining brother are on the German side of the border, whilst their parents are on the Austrian side. The border has been closed.

The storyline has been set up as a diary. The respective period is September 2013 until September 2015.

Obelisk | hc | 240 pp | Feb 2016 | 14+

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[original title: Talitha]

English reading sample available!

 

Mac Pong and the Ordinarily Special Pants

by Carola Becker & Ina KrabbeBuch_gerade

Mac Pong loves nothing so much as standing on his Scottish meadow and eating grass. But then the brand new pants of his favourite human Finn are stolen directly from the washing line—and particularly the extra-special pants with an image of Super-Sheep! Together with his friend Bonnie Mac Pong tries to unravel the mystery of the pant-stealing gang. But neither parcel courier Ross nor the Eddingbörg sheep from the neighbouring farm have stolen Super-Sheep. Mac Pong sets a pyjama trap for the thief. And thus he discovers a mother cat in the shed, who has built her little ones a comfortable nest out of Super-Sheep, Star Wars and football pants!

Südpol Verlag | hc | 92 pp | 148 x 210 mm | Aug 2015 | 7+

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[original title: Mäc Mief und die stinkbesonderen Unterhosen]

The next title in this series:

Maec Mief Baumstamm

The Hard Way

by Andreas Hartmann & Ulla Mersmeyer Auf die harte Tour

Permit me to introduce Dole Kreuther: investigator, snoop, detective. Admittedly also absent-minded, clumsy and with an addition to carrots. And the one who is supposed to find the kidnapped magician Mr. Wendig.

But not only are hysterical chickens and nasty competitors causing difficulties for Dole, Wendig’s lovely assistant is also inscrutable. The money transfer for the abducted victim turns into a fiasco and Dole is running the gauntlet with everything turning out different than expected.

Obelisk | hc | 156 pp | 141 x 213 mm | 2015 | 10+

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[original title: Auf die harte Tour]

A Knot in the Trunk

by Kai Aline Hula & Ina Worms Knoten im Rüssel

Anton truly loves the fact that his mum is an author and that she writes books for children. But sometimes it is quite tiring, too. After all, her latest story seems to be quite harmless at first glance. After all, what could possibly happen at a porcupine’s birthday party to which a lion has been invited? But before the party can start, someone has to remove a thorn from the lion’s paw. No problem, says Anton’s mum, and quickly invents an animal to help. Unfortunately, it’s not working out. And all the other animals have their own problems that prevent them from doing what Anton’s mum wants them to do.

How on earth is this complicated story ever going to come to an end? An elephant with a knot in its trunk, a monkey afraid of heights, a hydrophobic zebra … This cannot continue and Anton gets ready for action …

Obelisk | hc | 64 pp | 165 x 240 mm | 2015 | 7+

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[original title: Ein Knoten im Rüssel]

Erik and Roderik

by Walter Wippersberg & F.J. Trapp erik-und-roderik-133300166

A Story of Knights

Deep in the dark woods, two most peculiar knights live in their castles—back in the old days of unicorns and fire-spitting dragons. The one, noble Sir Erik, is smart but weak. The other one, just as noble Sir Roderik, is furious and as strong as an ox. As different as they may be and despite the fact that their families have been enemies for generations, Erik and Roderik share one thing: they are not at all keen on the arduous and rough knights’ art of war.

This incredibly funny book tells of how they defend their unconventional lifestyle against King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and how they play the funniest tricks on each other (for a bit of diversion).

Obelisk | hc | 160 pp | 135 x 203 mm | Feb 2016 | 9+

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[original title: Erik und Roderik]

 

A Monument for Mrs. Hasenohr

by Saskia Hula & Susanne Göhlich Frau Hasenohr

Noah’s teacher, Mrs. Hasenohr, is perfect. She loves planet ball and pizza slices and knows nearly everything. Noah doesn’t understand why she is about to retire. He must give her a farewell gift, preferably … a memorial. But Noah is not a sculptor and he doesn’t have enough play dough—it would just be enough to make a guinea pig. Valerie’s redecorated mannequin doesn’t look impressive either. When Noah and Valerie find themselves disheartened in the schoolyard, the solution literally falls into their lap—and turns out to be a huge success!

Obelisk | hc | 80 pp | 135 x 203 mm | Feb 2016 | 8+

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[original title: Ein Denkmal für Frau Hasenohr]

When the Cold Wind Blows

by Michaela Holzinger kalt_blaest_der_wind

Her father used to show Malena the colourful side of life. But since he has passed away there is only one colour left: the grey that her deeply depressive mother spreads. To the rest of the world, Malena tries to maintain the pretence of an unimpaired and normal everyday life.

However, an unexpected letter unhinges everything: Malena secretly has to try to find answers. Her journey into the past creates new friendships and even cautious optimism, but the secrets surrounding her family are dark enough to even turn the grey into black. It is only when she fully understands everything that she will be able to help herself and her mother.

Obelisk | hc | 220 pp | Feb 2016 | 12+

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[original title: Kalt bläst der Wind]

Lisa, Paul and Mrs. Fish

by Brigitte Schär & Jens Rassmus Lisa Paul und Frau Fisch

Lisa is a single child. She has a good time with her mum and dad. But all of a sudden she begins to experience most extraordinary things and her mum expects another baby after all.

The oddities begin when Lisa’s teacher, Mrs. Fish, seems to be having a doppelgänger. With this look-alike, Lisa goes on racy drives in a red sports car, visits places where baffling things happen and even meets her brother Paul!

In this mysterious story everything bears a meaning: said red car, a shooting star, a mermaid, a competition, a modern children’s push chair, a brightly painted delivery van and a doll called Carola that turns into a child. While Lisa is waiting for her brother Paul to arrive, she increasingly understands how all of these puzzling things are connected. And then, at last, Paul is born.

Brigitte Schär narrates this turbulent story in such an enthralling and powerful manner that you believe every single word! And Jens Rassmus’ beautiful illustrations convey the touching side: the abundant love with which Lisa waits for her little brother.

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 80 pp | 145 x 222 mm | Feb 2016 | 6+ | 8+

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[original title: Lisa, Paul und Frau Fisch]

Find Me Here, Find Me There!

by Andreas RöckenerSuch mich hier

A picture book for close inspection

When you open this book you find an abundance of images with challenges and questions that require a very close look at the illustrations. The scenes are set on a sheet of floating ice in the sea or in the busy jungle. They sometimes revolve around little octopuses, at other times around bric-a-brac from the car boot sale—nothing is as it should be. There is someone breaking ranks, names have to invented, questions answered.

Andreas Röckener has come up with a multilateral picture book that challenges, engages and entertains children in an intelligent manner.

Moritz Verlag | hc | 64 pp | 213 x 215 mm | Feb 2016 | 5+

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[original title: Such mich hier, such mich dort!]

Also by Andreas Röckener:

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Wilma Wants to Stay In

by Stephanie Gustai & Claudia Gliemann Wilma Willnichraus

Caterpillar—cocoon—butterfly: this is nature’s clear-cut course and fascination. But Wilma doesn’t want to venture outside. It is so comfy and cosy inside her cocoon! Terrible dangers are likely to lurk outside. Monsters! But you won’t know if that’s true unless you have checked and seen for yourself. That takes courage. You have
to be brave to set off into a new and unknown world. Out of the familiar into the unfamiliar. Will Wilma dare to venture outside?

Monterosa | hc | 32 pp | 250 x 320 mm | Dec 2015 | 4+

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[original title: Wilma Willnichraus]

How to be Famous

by Michal Shalev How to be famous

Take a trip through the zoo with this irrepressible pigeon, as she preens and poses alongside all the animals, right up to the sharp teeth of a grumpy lion…

Fantastic satire with deadpan black humour!

Simple written text with superb pencil and watercolour illustrations. The crocodile runway is terrific. If you miss this one you will kick yourself. – Bob’s Book Blog, Jan 2016

 

Shalev’s kicky, scrawled crayon and cut-paper art is sophisticated and energetic … a great example of a book in which the art and text tell opposing stories at the same time, this would be a natural pick for fans of Mo Willems’ own famous pigeon. – Booklist, US

 

This “pride goeth before a fall” story will provide many laughs and plenty to talk about. School Literary Journal, February 2016

 

Gecko Press | hc & pb | 32 pp | 230 x 240 mm | March 2016 | 3+

All rights available except for Chinese and Turkish language rights

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Lena’s Shop

by Susanne Göhlich

Lenas LadenAs soon as Lena opens her shop, all the animals and toys gather round to do their shopping: little horse comes rolling up first, it orders a bowl of porridge. The pig chooses marzipan, the rabbit leek. And right at the end, bear decides on honey waffles—and shares them with all the others!

Susanne Göhlich continues her lovely Lena board book series with an episode that children will most likely want to re-enact immediately—playing shop continues to be one of the most popular children’s games.

Moritz Verlag | board | 24 pp | 170 x 170 mm | Feb 2016 | 2+

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[original title: Lenas Laden]

 

Previous titles in this series:

It's Bedtime
It’s Bedtime
Little Bear is the -Worse for Wear
Little Bear is the -Worse for Wear

Did Jesus Play Football?

by Antje Damm & Katja Gehrmann Hat Jesus Fußball gespielt

Fred and Emil often meet to play football in the afternoons. If it hadn’t been for Mr. Kruzinna, the stupid neighbour! He cannot bear children and football even less. When one day a ball lands in his garden, he refuses to give it back. What are the boys to do? Fred suddenly remembers Zacchaeus from his religion lessons. If there is any truth in that story then all they have to do to get their ball back is be nice to Mr. Kruzinna. So Fred and his friends decide to write him a letter …

Antje Damm narrates the conflict between the children and the neighbour parallel to the biblical Zacchaeus story, which inspires the two friends to an extraordinary idea, which actually ends in being a small miracle for Fred. Katja Gehrmann’s illustrations capture the children’s perspective and aptly reflect their mood.

Click here to browse through the book

Moritz Verlag | hc | 64 pp | 150 x 218 mm | Feb 2016 | 6+

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[original title: Hat Jesus Fußball gespielt?]

 

The Road to Ratenburg

by Joy Cowley & Gavin Bishop

Road to Ratenburg

A family of rats is forced to leave their home, so sets out to find the fabled city of Ratenburg. Along the way they outwit vicious dogs, tricky rat traps, and sharp-beaked hawks, and make some very dangerous crossings. The rat family’s adventures test their character and grow bonds between sisters and brothers, father and uncle, mum and dad.

Narrating the tale is Spinnaker Rat, a classic Edwardian father, full of wisdom about the ways of the world, who finds himself learning more than he expected.

Gecko Press | pb | 198 xc 129 mm | 194 pp | March 2016 | 8+

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Helios With an ‘H’

by Armand & Susana Gómez Redondo Helio con hache

Helios’ arrival in the world generates a lot of curiosity in Estrella, his brother, who observes fascinated by this little person who now forms part of the family. But little by little, fascination turns into suspicion when she sees that Helios has become the center of their parents’ attention, when before, she was that center. Helios spends his day attached to mom’s breast; mom is often tired and can’t read bedtime stories; there has to be silence when Helios sleeps… Jealousy shows its face as does anger towards this intruder who seems to have turned into the most important thing in the world.

A great story about the new baby brother and our place in the world.

Takatuka | hc | 40 pp | 215 x 280 mm | Nov 2015 | 4+

Rights sold: Chinese (simplified)

[original title: Helio con hache]

 

The Song of the Scales

by Ignasi Blanch & Alba Salvador Llopis cancion de las balanzas

Once upon a time there was a king who counted and recounted all of his possessions every morning from the window of his castle. Everything he saw was his: lands, wells, trees, and houses. All he cared about was the price of things, and not the happiness of the people. When young Ovidi goes to the castle to make a request in the name of the people, the monarch ignores him completely. They need a bridge to cross the river and go to school. The youth, despite the royal rejection, decides to go back to the castle a few days later to sing the king a song to change his attitude.

A children’s book inspired by the song written and composed by Josep Maria Carandell, and sung by Ovidi Montllor.

The tale of the self-centered king raises the topic of the distribution of wealth, and the importance of personal initiative and cooperation to build a free and solidary society.

Takatuka | hc | 36 pp | 275 x 240 mm | Oct 2015 | 5+

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[original title: La canción de las balanzas]

This Is Minna!

by Viola Rohner & Viola Wünsch Hier kommt Minna

Many things are floating around in Minna’s head and not only because she will soon go to school. She leads a turbulent life with her cool brother, who only likes dangerous things, her stressed dad, who occasionally leaves the house without socks and Tarzan, who frolics around in mum’s tummy to such a degree that she cannot go to work any longer. And with grandpa Jan and his friend Susette, who run a hair salon where Minna lends a hand from time to time.

Minna good-humouredly tells of these exciting days between the farewell party in kindergarten and the first day at school. She moves from one topic to the next and it is great fun to listen to her and to see how she grows a little day by day: when she watches over the washing machine, saves the day at the hair salon and—best of all—knows right on the first day at school with whom she wants to squat on the big red stone in the middle of the schoolyard in future.

Viola Rohner marvellously strikes the right note of a lively six-year-old and the unique atmosphere of the departure into a new phase of life. Dorota Wünsch’s cheerful images render the read even more pleasurable!

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 64 pp | 160 x 240 mm | Feb 2016 | 5+

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[original title: Hier kommt Minna!]

So Light So Heavy

by Susanne Straßer so leicht so schwer

Everyone can swing and slide, but seesawing is the ultimate discipline at the playground, because there are only two options: utter frustration or huge fun! Susanne Straßer puts an elephant onto the seesaw and it is immediately clear that an entire menagerie of lightweights will be needed in order to achieve an up and down movement. There comes penguin already ….

This board book comically toys with the infantile experience of light and heavy and shows that many of the lighter variety can even make one of the heaviest move!

A wonderfully simple dramaturgy, clear imagery and short, onomatopoetic sentences narrate this little playground story and no one notices that there is a funny physics lesson hidden underneath!

Peter Hammer Verlag | board | 24 pp | 215 x 210 mm | Feb 2016 | 2+

Rights sold: Catalan, Danish, Dutch, English (world), French, Korean, Spanish

[original title: So leicht so schwer]

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You Must Not Kiss Dragons

by Michaela Holzinger & Monika Maslowska drachen_kuesst_man_nicht

Castle Cracklestone is the centre of knight’s tournaments, the reward: a kiss of the bright and beautiful princess Kunigunde. But she really doesn’t fancy the rickety knights and secretly has her heart set on somebody else. There comes Jaromir, the dragon, and wants to be kissed. Kunigunde is outraged which leads to her being cursed by the furious Jaromir. Nevertheless, Kunigunde brings up all her courage to visit the cave of the dragon and discovers something astonishing: Jaromir simply is a very lonely dragon. Find out how the most outrageous creatures of the country can help her get rid of the curse and which secret Kunigunde is hiding …

Obelisk | hc | 64 pp | 164 x 246 m | 7+

Rights sold: Turkish

All other rights available except for Chinese, Korean and Italian language rights

[original title: Drachen küsst man nicht]

You Must Not Cook Dragons

by Michaela Holzinger & Monika Maslowska drachen_kocht_man_nicht

A cry for help from Gugelhupf country: the little dragon Barnabas is supposed to be eaten! Mister Smacker, redoubtable 5-hats chef wants to – no, he has to – win the cooking competition. And his recipe leaves no room for doubt: it has to be dragon meat.

Kunigunde and Jaromir dart for the adventure where it sizzles and chops, simmers and fries. The fact that muddling and cheating is not the icing on just every cake and that you could ask every once in a while – just details at the edge of cooking pot.

Obelisk | hc | 64 pp | 164 x 246 mm | 7+

Rights sold: Turkish

All other rights available except for Chinese, Korean and Italian language rights

[original title: Drachen kocht man nicht]

 

David Barrow

David Barrow is a recent graduate of the Cambridge School of Art where he completed a Masters in Children’s Book Illustration and received the top prize, the Sebastian Walker award for most promising children’s illustrator. He lives in England with his wife and son.

David is a former printer, and when he found himself between jobs, he spent time at the pub drawing faces in the dark light. This training is evident in Have You Seen Elephant?

www.davebarrowillustration.co.uk

Have You Seen Elephant

Have You Seen Elephant?

by David BarrowHave You Seen Elephant

An assured and exciting debut picture book from a top emerging talent, about a small boy and his elephant playing an absurd game of hide and seek.

Elephant wants to play hide and seek. But you’ll need to try your best—he’s very good!

Have You Seen Elephant is perfect for sharing with children, who will love finding elephant (and being better at it than the boy in the book!). Watch out for the dog and the tortoise, too …

  • Listed as one of the Best Picture Books of 2016 by Kirkus
  • Sebastian Walker Award for most promising children’s illustrator, Cambridge School of Art, Children’s Book Illustration Masters programme
  • Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016

Beyond the sheer absurdity, children will delight in details, such as the wide-screen TV the elephant holds in one scene, the child’s dad so focused on the soccer game on the screen that he asks, “What elephant?” and the sly alterations to the family portraits on the rear endpapers. Younger audiences will be screaming “There it is!” from the get-go.- Kirkus Starred Review, Jan 2016

 

This book tickles the funnybone of children and adults equally. Part of the humour comes through the juxtaposition of the subdued, beautiful illustrations and the absurdity of an elephant trying to hide inside a standard lamp. – Julia Marshall, Gecko Press

 

A bonefide pitch perfect laugh out loud picture book for all ages. Debut author David Barrow has created a brilliant celebration of the limitless nature of a child’s imagination wrapped up in a deliciously sophisticated and accessible package. – Book Sniffer, UK

Click HERE to view David Barrow’s step-by-step guide on how to draw an elephant.

Gecko Press | hc picture book | 32 pp | 276 x 255 m | Oct 2015 | 3+

Rights sold: Chinese (simplified & complex), Dutch, Korean, Slovenian

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Little Bear is the Worse for Wear

by Susanne Göhlich    Bär macht schlapp_neu

Lena’s bear is feeling ill. Everyone chips in to help make him feel better. The horse brings its blanket, the duck warm milk with honey, the polar bear lends bear his scarf and so on. Until, at the end, and thanks to the help of his friends, bear is already feeling a lot better.

Moritz Verlag | board | 22 pp | 170 x 170 mm | Sept 2014 | 2+

Rights sold: simplified Chinese, Danish

[original title: Bär macht schlapp]

It’s Bedtime!

by Susanne Göhlich   Bettzeit ists

Lena would go to bed, but her cuddly toys are missing!

The pig is still playing with the train set, duck Anne is chattering in the bath tub, the pony is drinking water from the pot …
So Lena has to search for one toy after another and get them ready for bed so that at last they can all cuddle up together!
Susanne Göhlich has conceived a charming and cheerful board book about a situation that every child knows full well (including the various delaying tactics!).

Moritz Verlag | board book | 22 pp | 17 x 17 cm | March 2013 | 2+

Rights sold: simplified Chinese, Swedish

[original title: Bettzeit ist’s]

The White Ravens 2015

 

white raven_2015_logoWe are delighted that Jörg Mühle’s TICKLE MY EARS is part of the White Ravens 2015 selection of international children’s and youth literature by the International Youth Library, Munich. For a detailed description and the jury’s credentials, please click on the book cover.

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Nadia Faichney

Nadia Faichney is a freelance illustrator based in Hamburg. She is currently undertaking a Master in Illustration Design at the HAW University of Hamburg, at the faculty of Design and Illustration. She specialises in the illustration of children’s and non-fiction books and wants to make new rooms accessible through her analogue painting and her own stamping technique so that children are motivated to reflect and comprehend. Daddy’s Soul has Caught a Cold is her first big picture book project.

She was amongst the finalists in the 2015 International Picture Book Award. More information under www.wwpbic.com

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Something Special

by Lena Hesse Was Besonderes

Paul, the little fly, can do a lot of tricks and he’s convinced that he is something really special. When Martha the tortoise gets tired of watching him, Paul suddenly realises that there might be more important things in life.

Lena Hesse is one of those rare individuals whose sharp story-telling abilities are only matched by her honed illustration skills. In this lovable story, she transports us into the world of two young creatures—one overly confident little fly and a tortoise, quite unaware of her abilities—and shows us that everyone has something special about them. Pay close attention to the adorable illustrations that are full of witty details!

Edition bi:libri | hc | 24 pp | 216 x 216 mm | 2013 | 3+

Rights sold: Chinese (compl.)

[original title: Was Besonderes]

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A Box of Nothing

by Lena Hesse Eine Kiste nichts

Chicken is delighted, because she gets a box for her birthday. But hey! There’s nothing in it!

Lena Hesse has once again succeeded in telling a wonderful story in very few words. The imaginative and funny text is only outdone by Lena Hesse’s playful illustrations. The reduced, yet immensely expressive images emphasize ALL the things that one can do with a box of NOTHING.

Edition bi:libri | hc | 24 pp | 216 x 216 mm | 2015 | 3+

Rights sold: Chinese (compl.)

[original title: Eine Kiste nichts]

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Cosmo’s World

by Martina Klein & Corinna Böckmann Cosmos Welt

My name is Cosmo—Cosmo Morningstar and I am ten years old and a bit, as my friend Rafi would say. Rafi’s real name is Rafaelo, he is Italian and has about 150 Sicilian cousins. My favourite word is “cool”. Since we started learning English at school, Rafi and I try to use as many English words as possible. We think that’s cool. And these are my stories from the last year. I have written them down exactly as they happened. That’s why they are not always dead straight like a ruler. But stories aren’t rulers by a long shot, are they?

The ultimate reading fun for boys!

Südpol Verlag | hc | 128 pp | b&w illustrations | 2014 | 8+

Rights sold: Turkish

[original title: Cosmo und seine Welt]

 

Josephine, the Bear and Peer

by Christiane Pieper  Josefine der Bär und Peer

Josephine and the bear have once again caught the travel bug. The two wanderers from “Zig-zag Everywhere” won’t set off until Peer has arrived. They meet him at the harbour, where he swiftly rolls down the gangway of a big ship: Peer joins them in his wheelchair. And just like the last time: no place is too far for them, they travel all the way south to see the giraffes and their desire for action is unstoppable. They crawl and brachiate, hop and roll. And Peer is always at the centre of the action.

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 24 pp | 235 x 235 mm | 2001 | 2+

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[original title: Josefine, der Bär und Peer]

 

Zig-zag Everywhere, Josephine and the Bear

by Christiane Pieper Kreuz_und_Quer

Little Josephine and the big bear are travelling the land, in a very good temper: once straight, then crooked, once left, then right, once quiet, then singing, once trailing, then springing. Text and pictures are so urging and motivating that children cannot help but imitate the two jolly wanderers.

Illustrated with verve and humour this book is already appropriate for the youngest.

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 24 pp | 235 x 235 mm | 2015 | 2+

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[original title: Kreuz und quer, Josefine und der Bär]

 

Here Comes Sophie!

by Dorina Tessmann & Jutta Langreuter Sofie geht los

Little Sophie sets off, on her own. She knows where she wants to go and she knows how to get there. But is that enough?

It doesn’t take long and something brown comes around the corner. A bear. There’s imminent danger—but Sophie doesn’t turn back. She knows where the bear with the big teeth has its soft spot! And the same goes for dangerous lions. Or big boys who block her way.

Sophie takes her wild opponents by surprise with disarming kindliness or cleverly attacks their vanity. She uses the moment of her opponents’ confusion to disappear. This is how she safely arrives at her destination, but she has to admit that it didn’t feel quite as cool as it seemed.

Dorina Tessman draws Sophie with a clever twinkle in her eyes—like a female Wickie, who never underestimates the danger, but remains sufficiently free to cheekily play out her sagacity and intuition.

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 24 pp | 297 x 220 mm | July 2015 | 4+

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[original title: Sofie geht los!]

 

The Little Lion and the Little Clown

by Stefanie Schütz & Béatrice Rodriguez Der kleine Löwe

Whether you are three years of age or a big child: you will immediately take the little lion and the little clown to your heart! This lovely book includes eight little stories about the two children from the circus:

How the little lion once urgently had to have its hair cut, but couldn’t sit still because it simply tickled too much, how the two friends had the baby run away when they were meant to babysit, how they made friends with real robbers in the forest or how they travelled to Africa in a flying washing basket. And how they somehow always managed to be back in time for the evening performance—often with their new friends in tow.

The author creates a bright, free children’s world with her little heroes who approach the world with curiosity and full of confidence—whilst renouncing all pedagogical undertones. Admonishers, scare mongers and other spoilsports are nowhere to be seen. And when things get tough, the little lion and the little clown have a universal remedy: their wonderful friendship!

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 64 pp | 160 x 240 mm | July 2015 | 4+

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[original title: Der kleine Löwe und der kleine Clown]

 

Africa – the Story of a Multicoloured Continent

by Lutz van Dijk Afrika

Africa—with 54 states, more than 1,000 languages and the youngest population of the world—is multicoloured and multifaceted, age-old and modern. This diversity is rarely addressed in Europe’s narrative about the “dark continent”. It clings to the fairy-tale of Africa’s lack of history and political insignificance with incredible tenacity. Current media portraits remain reduced to terrible and shocking political news and exotic folklore.

Lutz van Dijk’s fascinating history of Africa—written foremost for young readers—wants to break with this approach and sheds light onto the continent’s innumerable facets. It begins with the genesis of this part of the Earth and the first humans that set out from here to travel into all corners of the world. It tells of the early advanced civilisations in the Islamic North and the Christian and traditionally African civilisations in the South, of life in the steppe and in the modern big cities. The author recounts the centuries of European colonialization as well as the liberation and finally sheds an explanatory light onto current topics such as Aids and Ebola, China’s new role, the “Arab Spring”, Boko Haram, flight and displacement.

The greatest strength of this work lies in the fact that Africans themselves have their say: they tell of their lives and their hopes and ultimately render the image of Africa humane and animated—the most effective means against the stereotype of the dark continent!

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 320 pp | 160 x 240 mm | July 2015 | 14+

Rights sold: Korean

[original title: Afrika – Geschichte eines bunten Kontinents]

The Christmas Child

by Jutta Bauer & Rose Lagercrantz Weihnachtskind

We are all familiar with this story: the occupied hostel in Bethlehem, the angel, the shepherds in the fields, King Herod, the infanticide. But here, we don’t read the story in Luther’s words, but retold in such a way that the people’s longing for peace is at the heart of it. And we read it whilst fully aware that wars are still fought today, again and again also as an argument over which God may be the right one.

For Rose Lagercrantz, the book is an experiment: can the story be told in such a way that it reaches all children, independent of their religion? Jutta Bauer has created pictures that are human and warm, but also grim and remorseless, however, at any rate far from any Christmassy traditionalism. The result is an extraordinary book about the origins of a feast that is celebrated almost everywhere in the world.

A story about peace and hope with images that blaze a trail into your heart. – Doris Höreth, Buchhandlung Pelzner

 

This book is to fall in love with and so prevailing that you could read it over and over again the whole year round. – Katrin Rüger, Buchpalast

 

The most wonderful thing about this book is that it actually gets by without any Christmasmania, without any tinsel kitsch and it is yet deeply moving. Even the picture on the cover nestles up against the reader’s heart. – Annemarie Stoltenberg, NDR Kultur

 

A picture book that may be read beyond the time of Christmas, a picture book that is more up-to-date than ever, a picture book whose words and images deeply pierce into us, a picture book for which I wish many readers. – Martina Koler, Oberbozen

Moritz Verlag | hc | 32 pp | 210 x 210 mm | Oct 2015 | 5+

All rights available except Norwegian & Swedish

[original German title: Das Weihnachtskind, original Swedish title: Julbarnet]

 

The Pirate and the Apothecary

by Robert Louis Stevenson & Henning Wagenbreth Pirat und Apotheker

Berlin based comic artist Henning Wagenbreth has discovered a number of ballads in Robert Louis Stevenson’s work that are entirely unknown. Fascinated by the power of these stories, he has translated one of them into German and has illustrated it: The Pirate and the Apothecary—”a jewel filled with colourful facets of good and bad, honour and crime, greed and modesty, lie and truth.” (Wagenbreth)

It is the ballad of two bad guys, Robin and Ben who are friends. Robin is a tearaway and brazen thief, who loves a good fight. Ben is cowardly, cold and calculating, he steals surreptitiously. Robin becomes a pirate, he fights on the seven seas, drinks, parties, captures ships and wins women’s hearts. As a villain he is feared and respected at the same time. Ben becomes an apothecary, lives comfortably, his choice of wife is in accordance with economical calculations, he cheats wherever he can and earns his riches in malicious ways.

The old companions meet again after many years and compare their lives’ profits. When Robin becomes aware of his friends’ gutless and dishonourable activities there’s a tremendous showdown!

  • Nominated for the German Children’s Literature Award 2013
  • HOTLIST 2012
  • Melusine-Huss-Prize 2012
  • Donkey of the Month

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 40 pp | 240 x 360 mm | 2012

Rights sold: Czech, Dutch, French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish

[original title: Der Pirat und der Apotheker]

 

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Cleopatra

by Tobias Krejtschi & Will GmehlingKleopatra

The only delightful thing about Cleopatra is her name. She is a laughing hyaena with everything that comes with a hyaena: a pungent smell, shrill laughter, spotted shaggy fur. Cleopatra runs a little shop at the end of the world, right next to the garbage dump. This is where she finds everything she needs in life: bones with little bits attached for breakfast and wonderful things for her shop. Real dust from Paris, bells without clappers, insoles. But she waits in vain for customers.

Until Ed turns up out of nowhere, who doesn’t just buy the goggles without the lenses, but also enjoys keeping Cleopatra company. But even though Ed makes her life bright and sociable, Cleopatra more than ever dreams of a wild country that she has never seen. Of hot winds and glowing sunsets. Unable to resist the alluring visions, Cleopatra says goodbye and sets off on her journey.

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 32 pp | 220 x 230 mm | July 2015 | 4+

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[original title: Kleopatra]

Hello World!

by Paul Beavis Hello World cover

A wonderful story of adventure and friendship, and a little monster who doesn’t like to wait—so he decides to step out into the world for the first time.
Mr. and Mrs. Mo are busy painting the house, and the monster is bored … until he has a grand idea: he’s off to see the world! But his big adventure becomes bigger than he expected, and the monster wishes that Mrs. Mo had come after all– with some sandwiches.

[This] calmly surreal invitation to explore … has the toddler ethos down pat. – Kirkus Reviews (US), June 2015

Gecko Press | hc | 32 pp | 240 x 230 mm | Oct 2015 | 4+

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Mrs. Mo’s Monster

by Paul Beavis Mrs Mos Monster_2

An energetic, endearing and hilarious debut picture book from an exciting new talent.

A monster with a one-track mind meets his match in an elderly lady called Mrs. Mo. With Mrs. Mo’s help, the monster is surprised to discover that he can do more than he ever thought—but that’s not the only surprise Mrs. Mo has in store …

Winner of the 2015 LIANZA Russel Clark Award

…a story with emotional and psychological depth but with all the lightness of touch and humour one could hope for, and illustrated in a truly eye-opening manner. – Zoe Toft- Playing by the Book

A fantastically fun book … Mrs Mo is fab! – Read it Daddy Blog

Judicious use of colour, various perspectives and basic shapes give the book a distinctive look. Effervescent, in an entirely understated sort of way. – Kirkus Reviews (US)

That rare picture book, one that gets better with each reading. – The Source (AUS/NZ)

Link to Mrs. Mo’s Monster Website with all reviews and more!

Gecko Press | hc | 36 pp | 240 x 230 mm | 2014 | 3+

Rights sold: Catalan, Chinese (simplified), Danish, Spanish 

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How to Philosophise with Fire

Wie man mit dem FeuerChemistry and Alchemy for the Unafraid

by Jens Soentgen & Vitali Konstantinov

When we think of chemistry, we envisage scientists in white lab coats that handle conical flasks and raw chemicals over  Bunsen burners in their laboratory.
Or we think of complicated formulae which we already failed to understand in school.
Who would have thought that today’s white-lab-coats’ chemistry has a wonderful and wildly adventurous history that dates back to Amazonia’s
forests and into the monasteries and castles in Europe! This is where centuries ago fire was used to transform materials: the rind of lianas into deadly poison, salpeter into gun powder, (huge amounts of ) children’s wee into (tiny amounts of) phosphor. Generations of creative alchemists in vain put their entire life’s energy into the production of gold and instead discovered porcelain and much more without which our world would not be imaginable today.
Jens Soentgen, natural scientist and philosopher, moves from one fire place to the next and enthusiastically narrates the most crazy and suspenseful stories of substances, alchemists and chemists. He doesn’t forget to include the often fatal mixture of chemistry and power.
The second part of the book includes many new experiments with which the unafraid can spark their own passion for the metamorphosis of substances!

  • Non-fiction Book of the Year 2016
  • One of the 7 Best Books for Young Readers – December 2015 & January 2016
  • Winner of the EMYS Non-Fiction Book Prize – February 2016

A chemistry book for the entire family. – Süddeutsche Zeitung

 

The highest commendation for a nonfiction book that fabulates. – NZZ/Hans ten Doornkaat

 

Jens Soentgen is an exceptionally gifted story-teller with poetic flair. – Tagesanzeiger, Christine Lötscher

 

The crimson endpapers, the velvety-red cut edges – just like the highly-symbolic colour combination of black, white and red on the outside as well as the inside make you wonder whether the content of “How to Philosophise With Fire” can keep up with its spectacular visual appearance. It can. – Eselsohr, Heike Byn

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 320 pp | August 2015 | 14+

Rights sold: Chinese (simplified), Korean

[original title: Wie man mit dem Feuer philosophiert]

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The Story of the Little Mole – My Nursery Friends

Maulwurf Kindergartenfreunde

Between the funny illustrations of the little Mole and Hans-Heinerich (and all sorts of droppings – yuck!) is a lot of space for all your nursery friends who want to ensure that they will always be remembered: with pictures or photographs, good wishes, an account of their favour food and secrets.

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 64 pp | 190 x 205 mm | 2015 | 3+

Rights sold: Dutch, Swedish

[Meine Kindergartenfreunde – Vom kleinen Maulwurf, der wissen wollte, wer ihm auf den Kopf gemacht hat]

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Dorina Tessmann

Dorina Tessmann was born in Prenzlau in 1971. She studied at the Kunsthochschule in Weißensee, Berlin and the Ècole d` Art in Marseille and in 1998 was awarded a degree in communications design, majoring in illustration.

After her completing her studies Dorina etablished her own studio in Berlin. She began designing posters, signs and cards of all kinds and creates illustrations for books and magazines. Her work began to be used by various German publishing houses and periodicals, including Berliner Verlag, Cornelson Schulbuchverlag, Gruner & Jahr, MAX, Axel Springer, the Märkische Allgemeine Zeitung, The Financial Times, the Sächsische Zeitung und Seitenstraßenverlag – Das Magazin.

In 1997 Dorina showed a range of her works in the Mainz Art Prize for Illustration exhibition in the Eisenturm in Mainz.

In 2001 Dorina`s designs won the << Magazine-Kater >> competition, held to find a new version of the famous << Kater >> (cat) mascot for Werner Klemke`s Das Magazin. Dorina`s << Kater >> joined the long tradtion of the magazine`s isonic mascot.

In 2002 Dorin`s work was selected for the Illustrator Show in Bologna, which takes place during the Bologna Children`s Book Rair. Being held at the same time as the world`s most important fair for children`s and young person`s books, the Illustrator Show offers artists a unique oppotunity to present works the most renowned publishers in this sector. As a result of Dorina`s involvement in this show and her co-operation with the Itabishi Art Museum in Tokyo, her work went on to be exhibited in numerous Japanese museums.

In 2002 one of Dorina`s illustrations was also selected for the Scarpetta d´Oro – From the Soules to the Sun copetition in Venice.

In 2003 Dorina has worked for various international publishing companies and agencies in South Korea in Spain, in France and in Italy.

In 2007 Dorina`s first children book, Giako and the Ecological Mice was published in cooperation with edizioni corsare in Italy. 2007 also saw the start of Dorina`s intensive cooperation with the moses publishing house in Germany. She now regulary creates unique playing cards for the house.

From 2000 to 2006 Dorina passed on some of her knowledge and experience to young people studying graphic design at the Grafik Design Schule Anklam, taking courses in Free Drawing and Technical Drawing. After this time she moved to the private graphic design school »btk« in Berlin. From 2007 to 2010 she teached the subjects »Form and Color«, »Creative Practice« and «Creative Illustration«.

In 2010 the artist visited Seoul, Korea. Here she was thrilled by the Korean culture and people.

In spring 2012 she worked for her first book app in Korea. In June Dorina Tessmann was invited to enjoy children and their parents with her illustrations at the »PICNIC Festival« in Reggio Emilia in Italy.

Jens Soentgen

Jens Soentgen was born in 1967, studied Chemistry, earned a doctorate in Philosophy and taught at universities in
Germany and Brazil. He has been in charge of the Centre of Environmental Science at the University of Augsburg since 2002. Both of his books have been nominated for the German Youth Literature Award.

Jürg Schubiger

Jürg Schubiger, born 1936 in Zurich, did his first degree in German Studies, Psychology and Philosophy, and wrote his PhD thesis on Franz Kafka. He has worked in Zurich since 1980 as a writer and psychotherapist.
Jürg Schubiger writes for both children and adults; in 1996 he was awarded the German Children’s Literature Prize for his book “Als die Welt noch jung war” [When the world was still young]. Jürg Schubiger was also awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Prize in 2008.

Béatriz Rodriguez

Béatrice Rodriguez was born in 1969 and lives in a little town in the French Department Nièvre. She studied Art in Strasbourg and today works as a freelance illustrator for many renowned publishing houses, e.g. Actes Sud Junior, Lito, Bayard, Milan and Nathan. Her picture book The Chicken Thief was a great success in Germany and other countries. More information under www.beatricerodriguez.com

Isabel Pin

Isabel Pin was born in 1974 in Versailles, she studied illustration and painting in New York, Salzburg, Hamburg and Paris. Her work has been presented in exhibitions in Bologna and Paris. Among the awards that Isabel Pin’s books have won are: Austrian Children’s and Young Adult Book Award, First Prize of hte Institute Charles Perrault and the Luchs of the German newspaper DIE ZEIT. She lives in Berlin with her family.

Christiane Pieper

Christiane Pieper is a well known German illustrator for whom illustrating children’s books is a dream vocation. She has worked for some of Germany’s most prestigious publishing houses, and has illustrated over 40 books in all, receiving among other recognitions, the Troisdorf Bilderbuchpreis. She is particularly interested in capturing moods and movement in her pictures and revealing the humour in the situations that she depicts. Due to her childhood on a farm, she has a special interest in animals, both by themselves and in their symbolism for human kind. Christiane travels widely and has conducted workshops on illustration in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India. More information under http://www.christiane-pieper.com

Eva Muggenthaler

Eva Muggenthaler was born 1971 in Fürth, studied Illustration in Hamburg. Her picture books Der Schäfer Raul and Der weiße und der schwarze Bär were both nominated for the German Youth Literature Award.

Thomas M. Müller

Thomas M. Müller, born in 1966, studied at the HGB in Leipzig and at the School of Design in Lucerne. In 2005 he became a professor at his Alma Mater in Leipzig. Apart from illustrating books, he has also designed posters, cartoons and graphics. An artist of international renown, his works have been part of exhibtions held in Warsaw, Moscow, Mexico City, Venice, Paris, New York and Tokyo.

Tobias Krejtschi

Tobias Krejtschi, born in 1980 in Dresden, studied Illustration in Hamburg. Still a student he won different illustration contests. Clever Mama Sambona, his first picture book, was nominated for the “Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis“ (German Youth Literature Award) and won the Troisdorf Picture Book Award. Illustrator’s own website

Ulf K.

Ulf K. was born in 1969 in Oberhausen, Germany, right in the heart of the Ruhrgebiet. It was there, in the shadows of the blast furnaces, that he spent his childhood and adolescence, as well as studied graphic design at the University of Essen. In 1996, he was briefly pulled to Paris, but became so homesick that he quickly fled back to the shade of his beloved blast furnaces. Today the artist lives with his family in Düsseldorf and is one of the most talented new comic artists in Germany. In 2004, Ulf K. was awarded the Max and Moritz Prize as Best German-Language Cartoonist at the International Comic Salon in Erlangen.

More information on http://ulf-k.blogspot.de/

Werner Holzwarth

Werner Holzwarth was born in 1947. He holds a chair for Visual Communication at the Bauhaus University in Weimar. He is also a writer: his picture book The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew it was None of his Business has been a worldwide success. It has been translated into 27 languages and sold more than 2,5 million copies worldwide.