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+

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[original title: Podries | Prodrias]

 

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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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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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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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Also available by Antje Damm: The Visit

 

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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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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!]

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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+

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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!]

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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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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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 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+

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[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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Nothing New at the Zoo

by Nadia Budde Zoo 1

The crossover between a human being and an animal is blurry. In any case the crossover between some people and animals.

Who doesn’t know the swimmer at the open air pool who emerges from the water with a bald round head, round eyes and a large moustache and resembles a popular sea animal so amazingly that you rub your eyes in wonder. A seal! Or the mouse-like, moth-like and duck-resembling types; the ones who are frog-mouthed or goat or predator-containing. They do exist!

Peter Hammer Verlag  | hc | 32 pp | 200 x 250 mm | 2013 | 3+

Rights sold: French, Korean

[original title: Und irgendwo gibt es den Zoo]

Bristly Hair and I Don’t Care

by Nadia Budde  Außerdem Borsten lr

We all occasionally dream of being a little prettier. Taller, slimmer, a bit more muscular, somewhat blonder. We are not alone with our vanities!

Nadia Budde gets a lot of zany characters on the pages of her picture book – neighbours, relatives, friends – and we immediately realize their little imperfections. Too many kilograms, a strange hairstyle, a mouth of enormous size, the total lack of a biceps. And although they look a bit unhappy, they are all very funny and really likable! The only one who doesn’t care at all about his outward appearance is Uncle Parzival and he finally convinces all the others: You are perfect just the way you are! Nadia Budde’s catchy rhymes and her unrivaled funny characters once again appeal to readers of all ages!

A truly excellent, wonderful picture book. – Bücherkinder.de

 

Perfectly accompanied by dead-aimed rhymes, this truly animalistic beauty contest offers plenty of occasions to laugh, backbite and reflect on. – Stiftung Lesen [Literacy Trust]

 

Nadia Budde is currently the most original German author and one of the most expressive illustrator of children’s books. – Süddeutsche Zeitung

Click here to view the English edition of the book.

Click here to read the Arabic title info prepared by the Goethe-Institut Kairo.

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 32 pp | 200 x 250 mm | Feb 2013 | 3+

Rights sold: Catalan, English, French, Korean, Spanish

[original title: Und außerdem sind Borsten schön]

Fred & Anabel

by Lena Hesse Fred & Anabel

Cat Fred and goose Anabel have enjoyed a wonderful summer in each other’s company. But then autumn arrived. Anabel started to get cold and had to fly south. But Anabel can’t bear to be without Fred. And Fred misses Anabel, too.

After all, spring follows winter. And it turns out that Anabel and Fred weren’t really that far from each other, because they were always in each other’s thoughts.

A heart-warming story about friendship, separation, desire—and love.

Now also a Cartoon Movie & Theatre Play

The cartoon movie won the Prix Éco Bambins and is shown in France, Poland, Denmark, Ireland, Belgium, Iran, Pakistan and Canada. Further countries to follow!

hc | 36 pp | 282 x 212 mm | 4+

Rights sold: Korean, Russian

When the Strongest Man in the World Answers the Phone

Cuando el hombre mas fuerteby Trill & Roser Rimbau

Every day, the strongest man in the world has to face limitations imposed by his age and height. People confuse him with his aunt on the telephone, he has to take the stairs to his apartment, because he can’t reach the button for the elevator. He gets sick in the car, broccoli terrorizes him, and he hates to have his hair cut. None of this makes him feel less like the strongest man in the world, nor does it diminish his drive to be the bravest fireman of all times.

Takatuka | hc | 32 pp | 210 x 210 mm | 2015 | 4+

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[original title: Quan l`home més fort del món agafa el teléfon]

Daddy’s Soul has Caught a Cold

by Nadia Faichney & Claudia GliemannPapas Seele hat Schnupfen

Nele’s home is the circus. Her family is amongst the world’s best tightrope artists and has been for generations. But then Nele’s father gets ill. His soul catches a cold. In a world that is full of colour and cheerfulness and in which everyone could easily be happy. Nele has to witness how somebody close to her, who ought to be strong is suddenly getting weak.

A gentle and sympathetically told story with expressive illustrations.

  • Children’s Book of the Month – April 2015, German Academy for Children’s and Young Adult Books
  • Winner of the Beauty and the Book Award 2015
  • Winner of the Anti-Stigma Prize 2015

An important picture book with emphatic illustrations by Nadia Faichney that can help affected children to handle the difficult situation. – Kilifü 2014/2015

 

A remarkably insightfull publication on a still tabooed topic. – German Society for Psychiatry and Psychotherapie, Psychosomatic Medicine and Neurology

[Faichney’s] first fully illustrated picture book—what an impressive start! Important topic, which is more topical than ever, wonderfully perceptive and evocatively illustrated. An absolute recommendation! – Yvonne Hergane, March ‘15

 

Monterosa Verlag | hc | 62 pp | 225 x 250 mm | Dec 2014 | 6+

Rights sold: Korean

[original title: Papas Seele hat Schnupfen]

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Korean edn.

 

 

Quima Plays with her Shadow

Quima plays with her shadow CATALANby Francesc Rovira & Roser Ros

Quima goes for a walk and discovers that something is following her everywhere, even if she tries to get rid of it: it’s her shadow. This discovery leads her to wonder about the origin and essence of shadows: what are they? What are they made of? Where do they come from? To find out, Quima decides to experiment with shadows using different objects, while her dad takes pictures of her.

A story accompanied by a poem and ideas for activities to create shadows of different shapes, sizes and colours.

Takatuka | pb | 32 pp | 150 x 180 mm | Mar 2015 | 4+

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[original title: La Quima juga amb la seva ombra]

Quima Has Lost her Sleep

Quima has lost her sleep CATALANby Francesc Rovira & Roser Ros

Quima is unable to go to sleep. No matter how often her parents ask her to try. She has lost Sleep. Her parents help her look for it and in the end, they find it hidden in the duvet. Sleep is trying to flee, but they have to catch it if they want Quima to be able to go to sleep.

A story accompanied by a poem and full instructions on how to build your own dream– or sleep-catcher.

Takatuka | pb | 32 pp | 150 x 180 mm | Mar 2015 | 4+

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[original title: La Quima ha perdut la son]

Jelena Flies

by Sonja Bougaeva & Viola Rohner Jelena fliegt

You don’t have to be big and fat in order to know what it would feel like. Not to fit into your clothes and not to fit in anywhere. This is what Jelena suffered.

Jelena was so fat and so tall that she didn’t fit into her mother’s small shooting gallery. And as the funfair travelled from one place to the next, she had to repeat every school class. She no longer fitted behind the tiny school desks. Jelena had only two friends: Mrs Sweet from the candyfloss stall and Mr Power from the ring-the-bell. Once none of the funfair visitors wanted to hit it, even though there was a balloon to be won for every metre it would rise. That’s when Jelena picked up the hammer and hit it so hard that the picker flew right into the sky! She won all the balloons and when Mr Power had tied them all to Jelena, she became very light. So light that she began to lift off …

This poetic picture book emphatically tells of the feeling of heavy earthiness and the uplifting experience of lightness, but also of the discovery of one’s own strength. Sonja Bougaeva bathes the soft tones of the narration in atmospheric colours. – Bücherlust, April 2015

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 24 pp | 300 x 210 mm | Feb 2015 | 5+

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[original title: Jelena fliegt]

Is it Really True?

52 Opportunities to Talk About Lies and the Truth  Echt wahr

by Antje Damm 

Does everyone lie every now and again? Is it allowed to tell white lies?
Why do we want to know the truth?
Is there always just one truth?
Can animals lie?

Lies can have far-reaching consequences. But they can also be a last resort. When do we have to say the truth? Are invented stories not often the more interesting ones? This book contains many fascinating starting points to give thought to the lie and the truth.

  • Recommended by Stiftung Lesen
  • Book of the Month – Feb 2015, German Academy for Children’s and Young Adult Literature
  • Best Books of 2014, Category “Non-fiction” – Leporello

An ingeniously small book on a big topic. – Hans ten Doornkaat, NZZ on Sunday

A playful yet philosophical approach of the vast and diverse topic of the truth and the lie. – Leporello.ch

The entertaining and inspiring book encourages reflections about moral and tolerance and it opens windows for the discussion about the last things which are often the first for young people. – Angelika Overrath, NZZ

Moritz Verlag | hc | 112 pp | 20 x 15 cm | Sept 2014 | 5+

Rights sold: Korean, Spanish

[original title: Echt wahr?]

Tantrums

Rabietasby Anna Aparicio Català & Susana Gómez Redondo 

Kids tend to have mood swings. Absolute joy and happiness can turn into an attack of rage and a noisy tantrum, the reason for which is often hard to identify in the middle of the commotion. One minute everything is painted pink, and the next there’s tension and the grey clouds roll in and end up unleashing the storm. But storms blow over and a few words can help dry the tears and turn the frown into the biggest of smiles.

The changes in the colour palette in the illustrations serve to help depict the different moods children go through when they get angry or make up with someone. Reconciliation comes with communication, which doesn’t mean to tell the child whether it was right or wrong, but rather making it understand that yelling doesn’t make understanding any easier.

Takatuka | hc | 36 pp | 215 x 260 mm | 4+

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[original title: Rabietas]

The Visit

by Antje Damm  Der Besuch_final

Elise is lonely and fearful. She never leaves her flat. But one day, a strange object flies in through the open window. And the following day, Elise has an unexpected visitor. This is to be a visit that will change everything …

A beautiful, gentle and sympathetic story about how an inquisitive and self-confident child unwittingly breaks through a woman’s isolation– gradually bringing light and colour back into her life.

Antje Damm’s ingenious depiction through extraordinary photographs of the three-dimensional setting that she illustrated, cut out and built, succeeds in capturing and mesmerising the reader in a unique manner.

  • Leselotse Recommendation – Jan 2015
  • Leipzig Reading Compass 2015
  • Nimmerland Picture Book Award 2015
  • Troisdorf Picture Book Award 2017 (2nd place)

What an elaborate technique! And what an awesome effect! – Süddeutsche Zeitung

It has been a long time since picture book happiness spread so charmingly, elegantly and impishly. – Hans ten Doornkaat, NZZ on Sunday

The illustrator and picture book maker Antje Damm has hit the mark again. […] A dream of a picture book! – Buchhandlung Dombrowsky, Regensburg

Antje Damm conjures a story onto paper that could not be more enchanting. She has the two protagonists literally act inside a room from a dollhouse as cut-out figures, illuminates and photographs the scenes. […] It is an inconceivable transformation that happens to the room and Elise at the same time. This requires almost no words. The few words are the right ones. […] The little ones already feel this, the big ones understand it and everyone is moved. – Andrea Wanner, titel-Magazin

Moritz Verlag | hc | 40 pp | 194 x 256 mm | 2015 | 4+

Rights sold: Afrikaans, Catalan, Chinese (simplified), Danish, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), Slovenian, Spanish

[original title: Der Besuch]

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The Beginning of the Armadillos

by Rudyard Kipling, illustrated by Ulrike Möltgen   Entstehung der Gürteltiere

In bygone times, when this and that was still missing – the humps on the camel’s back or the elephant’s trunk for example – there were no armardillos either. Rudyard Kipling has resolved the greatest mysteries in his famous Just So Stories – amongst them the puzzle surrounding the origin of the armadillos:

The hedgehog and his friend the tortoise lived on the banks of the Amazon. They ate snails and salad. Which was fine. But a spotted jaguar lived in the same place. He was a little simpleminded, but very ravenous and therefore dangerous. Even more so as his mother had taught him how to eat even prickly hedgehogs and armoured tortoises without any damage. But the two were smart and managed to confuse the jaguar so much that the poor wildcat was no longer able to remember his mother’s advice and ended up returning home hungry and with prickles in his paws. Yet the jaguar remained dangerous because his mother was a good and relentless teacher. The hedgehog and the tortoise had to come up with a better plan …

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 32 pp | 305 x 280 mm | 2014 | 5+

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[Die Entstehung der Gürteltiere]

 

Shepherd Raul

by Eva Muggenthaler  Schäfer Raul 4

Raul has looked after his sheep for so long that he has begun to look a little bit like a sheep himself. This has to change. The shepherd moves into the city, gets new clothes and soon meets Barbara, who he really likes. But his sheep are missing him and they set out to look for him.
An amusing and touching picture book.

  • Nominated for the German Children’s Literature Award

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 32 pp | 307 x 315 mm | 1997 | 4+

Rights sold: Chinese (compl.), Galician, Korean, Lithuanian, Russian, Spanish

[original title: Der Schäfer Raul]

Upwards & Downwards

by Tobias Krejtschi Wipfelwärts

  • A very special leporello climbing tour!
  • 2.75 metres long!

In the North, where you find elks and dwarfs in knitted hats, there is a tree in the woods. At the very bottom, right by the roots lives a dwarf in his cave – this is the root dwarf. At the very top, right in the swaying tree top lives the treetop dwarf The root dwarf would love to go all the way to the top. The treetop dwarf dreams of the dark cave at the very bottom. So both set off: one going upwards, the other downwards. Following informative encounters with the other occupants of the tree, they finally arrive at their destinations. And then? Well, they squat down and are happy. But the calm is deceiving. Because if you turn the leporello, the climbing

tour starts afresh!

  • Leselotse Recommendation

A wonderful leporello with many wow effects! -Familie & Co

Content and form make a wonderful liaison in this book – Buchjournal

Peter Hammer Verlag | picture book | 2012 | 3+

Rights sold: Chinese (complex & simplified)

[original title: Wipfelwärts & Wurzelwärts]

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Clever Mama Sambona

by Tobias Krejtschi & Hermann Schulz  Mama Sambona

Mama Sambona, the wise old queen, lives in the heart of Africa. One day an elegant gentleman comes to see her. He wants to bring Mama Sambona to her forefathers: He is Death. But Mama Sambona is still loving life and has got a lot of plans: She is not at all willing to go with him! And since Mama Sambona is a very clever old woman, she has some ideas how to fool him three times. In the end Death is outwitted by her and – according to the rules – has to wait many years until he is allowed to knock at her door again. A fantastic parable on the zest for life, powerfully illustrated by an extraordinarily talented young artist.

  • Troisdorf Picture Book Award
  • German Children’s Literature Award (Nomination)

Peter Hammer Verlag | picture book | hc | 24 pp | 300 x 217 mm | 2007 | 4+

Rights sold: Danish, Korean, Swedish

[original title: Die schlaue Mama Sambona]

Horrible Herman

by Ulf K. & Oliver Scherz  Fürchterliche Hermann lr

  • The story of an incredible transformation
  • Moving and funny!

Herman is a guard dog and always angry. He barks at everyone who dares come near him. Not even the birds settle in his garden. But then Stig arrives on his bicycle. He wants to know what is really the matter with Herman. Once he manages to silence the yapping dog, he finds out that Herman doesn’t really like his life as a guard dog and that he really wants to be something quite different: a dancer. That Herman once more digs up the old ballet slippers is due to Stig, the real hero of this story, because Stig doesn’t for a moment doubt that a sinister fellow with a big mouth can be sensitive, too. A moving and funny story that orchestrates the crazy idea of the transformation of a fierce mutt into a dreamy dancer with relish.

Peter Hammer Verlag | picture book | hc | 24 pp | 190 x 290 mm | July 2012 | 3+

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[original title: Der fürchterliche Hermann]

The Child in the Moon

by Aljoscha Blau & Jürg Schubiger  Kind im Mond2

The moon – near yet unreachable – captivates our gaze and focuses our desires. But who would have thought that it is just the same the other way round? That there is a man, his wife and a child in the Moon, looking down to Earth and yearning just the same? This is what it is like in this story by Jürg Schubiger, who has quite a lot to tell about the people up there, even if he is wondering about a few things himself. We learn what the family in the Moon has for breakfast and how they ‘watch television’ in the evenings by looking at the bright blue planet. The woman in the Moon knows about a lot of things: sausages and fresh bread, black forest cake and snowmen. “Heaven only knows how she knew all of this.” The child in the Moon gradually develops a great longing for Earth. And then comes a day when it simply takes off …. Aljoscha Blau’s magnificent illustrations show us what it looks like on the Moon. He immerses the strangely quiet moon life in a white light and thus gives it an unearthly enchantment. One of the miracles to be found on the Moon is made tangible in a sensational manner: it is a raven with gleaming feathers that flies past with hardly a stroke of its wings, the blue planet far behind it in the black sky. “Heaven only knows where the bird came from”, the narrator wonders. And we marvel at the force of these images that shift freely between dream and reality.

  • Winner of the Pied Piper Literature Award 2014
  • Selected as one of the “7 Best Books for Children”

Peter Hammer Verlag | picture book | hc | 24 pp | 240 x 290 mm | Feb 2013 | 5+

Rights sold: Chinese (simplified)

[original title: Das Kind im Mond]

The Tiny Giant and the Tall Dwarf

The Tiny Giant and the Tall Dwarf

Kleiner Rieseby Barbara Nascimbeni & Werner Holzwarth

When someone living in the land of the giants is small, he’ll have a hard time. Just like someone who turns out very tall in the land of the dwarves. The giants laugh about the short one, the dwarves ridicule the tall one.

A vividly told story that explains the issue of being different to the youngest of readers – humorously and in a fabulous colourful and vibrant scenery.

A fairy-tale-like story with a topic that is particularly important in the daily lives of the target audience: friendship and being different. Brightly coloured […] with very clear and large illustrations this is a perfect book to read to children and it offers starting points for a group discussion. Reading pleasure for big and small dwarves! – Leipziger Lesekompass

Winner of the Leipzig Reading Compass 2012

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 24 pp | 328 x 252 mm | 2011 | 4+

Rights sold: Portuguese

 

The White and the Black Bear

by Eva Muggenthaler & Jürg Schubiger    8f0b0d1758

The little girl is lying in her bed, her eyes wide open. The night is black and you can get lost in the dark room like in a dark forest. But thank God, there is the white bear! He is sitting at the little girl’s bedside every night, slightly shimmering in the darkness. One day the white bear is gone and it is pitch-dark. the girl thinks: “IF there is still a bear sitting beside my bed it must be a black one.” And indeed: she can hear a moist nose snuffling.

A wonderfully written book about the power of imagination, remarkably illustrated with countless details.

Link to the Litrix Website with detailed description and English translation

  • Owl of the Month
  • One of the 7 Best Children’s Books
  • Nominated for the German Children’s Literature Award

Peter Hammer Verlag | picture books | hc | 32 pp | 24 x 28 cm | 2007 | 4+

Rights sold: Chinese (simplified), Korean, Spanish

[original title: Der weiße und der schwarze Bär]

The Christmas Cap

by Dorota Wünsch & Sabine Lipan   Weihnachtsmütze 2

Four days left until Christmas. Mr Melcher doesn’t like to think about it. Being alone is particularly sad at Christmas. Suddenly a gust of wind blows his cap off his head. The wind and the flying hat round up a mixed group of people and it is soon evident that nobody will be on their own this Christmas. A cheerful story about Christmas without the usual clichés and with the wonderful witty illustrations by Dorota Wünsch.

A brilliant picture book, illustrated with daring strokes, without sentimentality, but with a lot of heart and humour. – Findefuchs

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 24 pp | 23.2 x 23.2 cm or 15 x 15 cm | 4+

Rights sold: Italian

[original title: Die Weihnachtsmütze]

How Granddad Learnt to Swim

by Dorota Wünsch & Viola Rohner  e235a59bd0

The little girl and her grandfather spend a lot of time together. They look at the trains at the station and watch the animals in the zoo, they buy bread on the market and weed grandfather’s garden. But whatever they decide to do, the old man always notes: maybe this is the last time we do this.

But one summer’s day the little girl proposes to go swimming and finds out that this is grandfather’s first time and that he has never learnt how to swim!

A warmhearted, wonderfully illustrated picture book about the young and the old and the happiness that comes from being together.

Peter Hammer Verlag | picture book | hc | 24 pp | 29.7 x 21 cm | 2011 | 4+

Rights sold: Chinese (simplified), Lithuanian

[original title: Wie Großvater schwimmen lernte]

Naught and Nothing. Occasions to Think about Nothingness

by Antje Damm Nichts und wieder nichts

Are we nothing before we are born? Is it possible that nothingness is a hole? Where does a journey into nothingness lead?

It is questions such as these that Antje Damm asks in this book and she thus takes children absolutely seriously. Her unique composition of succinct phrases with often mind-boggling pictures instantaneously animates children to think for themselves – because philosophising in this way is fun! And along the way you learn of composers who have an orchestra play nothing for 4 minutes and 33 seconds, of artists who tried to paint nothing. And who was it that said “I know that I know nothing”?

  • “Kröte des Monats” [Toad of the Month] – STUBE, Jan 2010
  • Recommendation – Illustration Award for Children’s Books 2010

Moritz Verlag | picture book | hc | 96 pp | 20.2 x 15 cm | 2009 | 6+

Rights sold: Korean, Spanish (Latin America)

[original title: Nichts und wieder nichts]

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Is 7 a Lot? 44 Questions for Numerous Answers

by Antje Damm  Ist sieben viel

Will the earth always be there? This is one of the questions Antje Damm poses in her book. Who wants to answer it? But to discuss it, to philosophise about it is fun and prompts us to think about the world in which we live. Where does fear come from? Does it hurt to grow old? Why do we all look so different?

Antje Damm brings up questions about heaven and earth, about life and our world, about death and love. She wants to initiate conversation, provoke stories and pique our curiosity. She takes children seriously as the little philosophers that they are and doesn’t put complex topics past them.
To each question are allocated two images that inspire you to find your own answers. These are sometimes photos, sometimes illustrations, but they always correlate in that they form a contrast or pose different approaches or similarities.
This book is the ideal introduction for children and adults to the great questions about the world.

Moritz Verlag | hc | 69 pp | 173 x 172 mm | 2009 | 6+

Rights sold: Korean, Spanish (Latin America)

[original title: Ist 7 viel?]

The Big Dog

by Béatrice Rodriguez & Andrea Hensgen  Der große Hund

His lonely way to school saddens the little boy’s hear every morning. There are so many things scaring him. The dark tunnel. The fierce old man. But one afternoon someone is waiting for him in front of the school. A nice guy with floppy ears and an amazing friendliness. It’s a big dog who, from that moment on, hovers over the little boy and becomes his faithful companion. With the new friend at his side, the little boy starts growing more courageous and confident every day.

A touching story without words.

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 24 pp | 257 x 185 mm | 2011 | 4+

Rights sold: Chinese (simplified), Dutch, Spanish

[original title: Der große Hund]

Juri Flies to the Stars

by Susanne Göhlich    Juri fliegt zu den Sternen

Juri has finished his rocket and together with his sausage dog Laika sets out on his first flight into space. Everything seems perfect when they are suddenly drawn into an enormous storm in outer space. Having landed on an unknown star, they find that the rocket has been badly damaged. To make matters worse, they discover that the storm was caused by a giant monster who they need to steer well clear of. Will they be able to fix the rocket and leave the planet without attracting the monster’s attention?

A wonderful picture book for boys that deals with technics, being smart, ideas and companionship. It is a point in honour that in the end, the two astronauts manage a safe landing behind their house.

It is rare to find a true adventure story in a picture book. Susanne Göhlich’s humour and the dramatic art of the story are well balanced. – NZZ

A galactic adventure for all space fans! – Olli und Molli

Moritz Verlag | hc | 40 pp | 216 x 286 mm | 2011 | 4+

Rights sold: Danish, Korean

[original title: Juri fliegt zu den Sternen]

The Wild in the Jam Jar

by Dorota Wünsch & Viola Rohner Wild im Marmeladenglas 1

A wild thing has been waiting for Kira on her way to kindergarten as of late! It sits in a tree, has sharp teeth and is frightening. Kira would rather die than walk past the Wild once more. So she accompanies her dad to the office instead. It is boring at the office and all she can do is draw pictures. And so Kira draws a picture of the Wild, as it sits caught and locked up inside a jam jar. And really, the next morning it is no longer there!

But when Kira is provoked by two cheeky boys who steal her sandwich in kindergarten, she wishes for the Wild to be back. And indeed: at her disposal when she calls it, the Wild earns her respect from the two boys. From now on, things go really well with the boys and Kira doesn’t have to call upon the Wild again.

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 24 pp | 300 x 230 mm | July 2013 | 3+

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[original title: Das Wild im Marmeladenglas]

One Bee Too Many

by Andrés Pi Andreu & Kim Amate La abeja de mas

One fine day, the bees called for a grand assembly in the beehive. The purpose of the meeting? To discuss why it was that they were always all squashed together in cramped working conditions. After many complex computations, equations and calculations, they realized that there was one bee too many in their beehive! The bees panicked: Who was it? How would they identify her? And once they did, what would they do with her? Through entertaining illustrations and humor, this delightful story explores such serious topics as prejudice and tolerance.

  • White Raven 2013

Takatuka | hc | 32 pp | 240 x 280 mm | 5+

Rights sold: German, Korean

[original title: La abeja de más]

The Day Saída Arrived

by Susana Gómez Redondo & Sonja Wimmer El dia que Saida

A tale about a silent encounter: one day, Saída arrives at school – but she doesn’t speak! She comes from another country far away, and it seems as if she lost all her words during the journey. But Saída and her friend don’t give up, even though they lack a common language. They discover new ways of understanding each other, gestures, images and touch. Their story is one about friendship and solidarity and knowing that there are different worlds each individual world can benefit from  – provided you are ready to open your eyes and approach it with an open mind.

The magical search for language as a wonderful story about friendship – Süddeutsche Zeitung

 

… a wonderful story about the power of language to overcome boundaries. A book that deserves a vast readership. – Tagesspiegel

 

An award-worthy example of real picture-book-artistry that enchants in every way. – bv.medienprofile

 

… the language frees itself from the constraints of a faithful reproduction, it is playful and unfolds its magic. – 1000 und 1 Buch

Takatuka | hc | 36 pp | 240 x 220 mm | 5+

Rights sold: German, Portuguese (Brazil)

[original title: El día que Saída llego]

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In the Dark

by Julia Dürr & Minna McMaster  Im Dunkeln

Stunningly illustrated story of what happens when there’s a power cut and renders everything into pitch-black darkness. The little boy and his parents quickly adjust and find that there quite a few things you can entertain yourselves with. They also discover that a lot of things are very different and rather fascinating in the dark: eating food, brushing your teeth, putting on your pyjamas…

A wonderful book to help children overcome fear of the dark.

  • Nominated for the German Design Award in 2010
  • Stiftung Buchkunst Award: one of the Most Beautiful German Picture Books in 2008

Ivy-Verlag | hc | 28.4 x 21.8 cm | 2008 | 4+

Rights sold: Chinese (complex & simplified), Danish, Russian

[original title: Im Dunkeln]

The Day Everyone Came Home Early

by Isabel Pin  Als alle früher

Tom and the other schoolchildren are busy drawing. Lea is drawing a big sun, Paul is drawing his new basketball shoes – and Tom? “Oh my God, Tom!!!” His picture causes a great stir among the adults! His teacher calls for the headmaster who is very concerned, too. Tom’s mother collects him before the end of school, his father rushes home, the doctor comes to see him and even grandma arrives. They all anxiously stare at Tom’s picture. Only Tom’s little friend Lilly is very fond of his picture and the two children are having an especially nice afternoon. Isabel Pin tells a humorous and sophisticated story about the ease of children’s creativity.

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 24 pp | 250 x 285 mm | 2006 | 5+

Rights sold: Chinese (simplified), Spanish

[original title: Als alle früher nach Hause kamen]

When Grandpa Was Little

by Lilli Messina  cuando_el_yayo_era_peque-alta

When grandpa was a child everything was very different. There weren’t so many houses, milk came directly from the cow, everybody knew each other, and cars were pulled by horses. Pepe follows with great interest as his grandpa explains everything, but he understand his grandpa’s explanations in his own particular way.

The book humorously and gently addresses the difficulty old people face when trying to make younger generations understand the world they grew up in.

A book about how the world changes and the clash of different generations.

Takatuka | hc | 32 pp | 280 x 190 mm | 2012 | 3+

Rights sold: Danish, Portuguese

[original title: Cuando el yayo era peque]

When Death Came Calling

by Rotraut Susanne Berner & Jürg Schubiger  Als der Tod

Jürg Schubiger and Rotraut Susanne Berner tell the story of a village somewhere back in time when death was still completely unknown. Nobody had ever encountered him and everything that existed remained safe and sound.

But then one day death walks into the village and from that very moment everything changes fundamentally.

Jürg Schubiger’s finespun words and Rotraut Susanne Berner’s clear, significant pictures show in an ingenious and touching manner how death brings grief and sorrow into the world but at the same time compassion, care and consolation.

  • German Design Award 2014 – ‘Special Mention’
  • Awarded as One of the Most Beautiful German Books 2012
  • White Raven 2012
  • LesePeter 2011

Link to LITRIX (detailed description & sample translation)

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 32 pp | 25 x 21.5 cm | 2011 | 5+

Rights sold: Chinese (simplified & complex), French, Spanish

[original title: Als der Tod zu uns kam]

 

When the Lion Roars

by Barbara Nascimbeni & Nasrin Siege    Wenn der Löwe brüllt

When Emanuel and Bilali wake up in the morning, there is no breakfast waiting for them. The boys live on the streets. When they are hungry they have to look for something to eat. Otherwise their empty stomach strats to growl like a lion. Fortunately, the boys have a lot of experience how to get tasty tomatoes and sweet tea. Apart from that, Emmanuel and Bilali do the same things as other children: they play and laugh in the sun and imagine their future when they will be a busdriver or president.

A wonderfully illustrated picture book about street children – honest, poetic and full of light.

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 32 pp | 24 x 32cm | 2009 | 5+

Rights sold: Spanish

[original title: Wenn der Löwe brüllt]

All the Time in the World. Opportunities to Talk About Time

by Antje Damm  Alle Zeit der Welt

Summertime, wintertime, spare time, timeout, best-before-dates – everything has its own time. Antje Damm renders time both visible and tangible -with photos, pictures and thought-provoking impulses. A book that not only children can spend a great deal of time with!

  • One of the 7 Best Children’s Books (June 2007)
  • List of Recommendations – Luchs Jury
  • List of Recommendations – Catholic Prize for Children’s and Young Adults’ Books
  • List of Recommendations – Illustration Award

One cannot look at such a book for long enough – Die Welt

There are few books that are so gentle, so artistic, so convincing and at the same time truly and in the best sense suitable for children. Antje Damm’s timeless as well as universal picture book belongs to those books for which you should absolutely take the time! – kinderbuchcouch.de

Moritz Verlag | hc | 96 pp | 19.8 x 15.2 cm | 2010 | 6+

Rights sold: Korean, Spanish (Latin America)

[original title: Alle Zeit der Welt]

Ask Me!

by Antje Damm FragmichCover Kopie

This is a little book with big ideas. Sometimes provocative, always interesting, every page can be the start of a new discussion. Reading the questions, and looking at the pictures, each child will have different answers to give, and things to ask. The questions are intriguing, the images sometimes startling, sometimes beautiful, and always engaging.

This is a deceptively simple book which is an absolute treasure. – The Bookseller

Parents will find the book excitingly open-ended, while children are simultaneously challenged and charmed. – Time Out

Moritz Verlag | trade pb | 240 pp | 154 x 152 mm | 2012 | 4+

Rights sold: Chinese (compl.), Danish, Dutch, English, Faroese, French, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Luxembourgian, Spanish

[original title: Frag mich!]

The Thing About No. 8

by Tobias Krejtschi & Harriet Grundmann  Sache mit Nr 8

We already know Lina and the sheep who help her to fall asleep every night. Especially sheep no. 5, which is
actually a wolf. A wolf, however, that nobody is scared of, because he’s as gentle as a lamb.
As Lina once again lies in bed and counts her sheep jumping over her bed, something drips onto her hand. It is sheep no. 5 – the wolf – he’s crying! He tells her of a nasty letter: a pack of wolves is threatening to attack. Because of something that happened way back during the time that sheep no. 5 was still a wolf.
The herd is shocked. Is there something shady about the wolf’s past? But Lina, as smart and hands-on as ever, convinces the sheep to trust the wolf and to defend him. They sew ragged wolf frocks and practice howling. This is how they will put the real wolves to flight!
An enthralling and yet funny picture book story that tackles fear without hesitation and simply laughs it away at the end. Tobias Krejtschi’s sheep, of which none is like the other, are once again a pleasure to look at, for adults as much as children!

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 32 pp | 300 x 217 mm| 2013 | 4+

All rights available

[original title: Die Sache mit Nummer 8]

Sheep No. 5

by Tobias Krejtschi & Harriet Grundmann   Fünfte Schaf

Every evening Lina is counting sheep to fall asleep. Suddenly she notices that one of them is a wolf in a sheep’s clothing – in the true sense of the word! He is wearing a pullover and a cap made of wool. The wolf has to account for his deceit. He tries to convince Lina and the sheep, who naturally are very frightened, that he only wants to live a sheep’s life and that he has no
evil intentions. Lina and the sheep finally believe him and are happy to have a strong protector in him.
An amusing book about how to get rid of fear and mistrust.

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 24 pp | 300 x 217 mm | 2008 | 4+

Rights sold: Afrikaans, Russian

[original title: Das fünfte Schaf]