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]

Also available by Susanne Straßer:




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

Nur noch kurz 3D











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+

All rights available

[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

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]


Also by Susanne Straßer:

So weit oben




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 Gang of Five

by Christiane Pieper & Yvonne Hergane Fünferbande

Finger rhymes are meant to introduce some form of order within the bustle of seemingly endless shorter and longer tiny fingers. There is not one child that doesn’t love finger rhymes! Rhyming and playing is an excellent combination.
The gang of five sets out as is customary in finger rhymes: all five fingers are given names and a particular characteristic. But this is not where things end for Yvonne Hergane.
Each hero from the gang of five discovers a cheeky look-alike and the nice order turns into a great scramble. A few pages of this tumultuous board book are needed before the right and the left hand remember the advantages of friendly co-operation. Until then there is a lot to see, because Christiane Pieper has furnished her fidgety finger puppets with funny details, facial expressions and gestures.

Peter Hammer Verlag | board | 26 pp | 230 x 176 mm | Feb 2015 | 2+

Rights sold: Catalan, Chinese (simplified), Spanish

[original title: Die Fünferbande]

What Races Past so Fast?

Regular reprints

by Thomas Müller  Was braust website

No less than 33 different vehicles are racing past the reader in this funny board book. A bicycle, a fire engine, a taxi, a digger, a snowplow, a coach, a police car, a limousine, a gangster car, a delivery van, a motorbike with a side car, a fuel tanker … you name it! – they are all part of this crazy race … But where are they going? Can you guess what will finally make them stop? I’ll tell you this much: it’s yet another vehicle!
A tremendously entertaining board book for the youngest. The nostalgic looking vehicles will not just amuse the children, but mum and dad alike. A refreshingly different take on the many books on vehicles that are published every year. There are lots of things to point out and to marvel at. The clever ending is bound to have the children insist on innumerous repetitions of the race.
  • White Raven 2014
  • Winner of the Leipzig Reading Compass 2014
  • Recommended by Stiftung Lesung
Quite simply THE book on vehicles! – the jury

 Moritz Verlag | board | 32 pp | 218 x 178 mm | August 2013 | 2+

Rights sold: Danish, Faroese, French, Icelandic, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Swedish

[original title: Was braust so schnell vorbei?]

Tickle My Ears

by Jörg Mühle Nur noch kurz 3D

Regular reprints – join the next co-edition!

Honey Bunny is very tired and it’s bed time already. When the little reader taps Honey Bunny on the shoulder, it turns around. When the reader claps his/her hands, Honey Bunny jumps into its pyjamas and when the pillow has been fluffed up, too, it’s time for a goodnight kiss. But it’s only when the reader has switched off the light that Honey Bunny can finally snuggle up and happily drop off to sleep – just like the little reader him-/herself!

  • White Raven 2015
  • Leselotse Recommendation – Jan 2015
  • Recommended by Stiftung Lesen
  • Nominated as Babybook of the Year 2015 (Netherlands)

A wonderful interactive bedtime book for children and little rabbits. – Axel Scheffler

The most unbelievably cute book imaginable! – Björn Lauer, Hugendubel

The illustrations are harmoniously reduced, the colours dipped in evening-soft tones, the instructions simple and varied – and the cute protagonist doesn’t just enchant tired children. With a big cuddle and favourite-book-factor! – Stiftung Lesen (German Reading Foundation)

Moritz Verlag | board | 22 pp | 170 x 170 mm | Feb 2015 | 2+

Rights sold: Chinese (complex), Dutch, English (world), Faroese, Finnish, French, Japanes, Korean, Polish, Swedish

[original title: Nur noch kurz die Ohren kraulen?]

The second title in the series:

Honey Bunny’s Bathtime






The Tractor and the Donkey

Regular co-edition printingsTraktor und Esel_080115

by Thomas Müller

The tractor and the donkey are having a contest: which of them is the fastest and will be the first to reach the seaside?

They set off; each determined to win the race. Both encounter various delays and obstacles along the way. Whilst the donkey has to hide and run from the wolf, the tractor is increasingly frustrated with engine problems. Both the tractor and the donkey ultimately wish for the other one to be there—is this the end of their contest? Join their race and find out!

Moritz Verlag | board book | 34 pp | 218 x 178 mm | Autumn 2015 | 2+

Rights sold: Swedish

[original title: Der Traktor und der Esel]

So Far Up

Regular co-edition opportunities!

by Susanne Straßer  So weit oben

At the bottom is the bear, he’s hungry. At the top is the cake. Tasty, sweet and out of reach.

This story has begun before you’ve even opened the book and even the very young will grasp the problem at one glance. Not to be able to reach – that is precisely what they experience every day!

But then pig arrives, followed by the dog, the rabbit, the chicken and the frog. The old trick works: Giving each other a leg-up leads to an ever-growing, funny and wobbly ladder that grows with the turn of every page.

  • Leipzig Reading Compass 2015

How Susanne Straßer succeeds in narrating soooo much with so few resources and have the little readers so spellbound is truly masterly. – Buchhandlung Eulenspiegel

A brilliant example that goes to show what often ridiculed board books are capable of! – The jury – Leipzig Reading Compass

This picture book treasure is illustrated affectionately and funny at the same time and highly recommendable for children aged 2 and up (and not just for those!) – Monika Seyerlein

Peter Hammer Verlag | board book | 24 pp | 165 x 280 mm | 2014 | 2+

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

[original title: So weit oben]



Lemon Yellow and Fiery Red

by Sabine Lohf  Zitronengelb lr

This is not just a book about colours. Sabine Lohf introduces the reader to 51 shades of colour; with numerous photographs, collages and engaging illustrations. A fire engine isn’t just red, it’s fiery red, of course! Just as much as a mouse is mouse grey and cherries cherry-red.

The photos and images are very entertaining and even the youngest readers will easily relate to them and be captivated by their charm.

Sabine Lohf enchants the reader with imaginatively conceived collages and home-made items, manufactured from various materials … A unique concept that succeeds with wordplay and creativity all round. –

  • Leipzig Reading Compass 2014
  • Recommended by Stiftung Lesen

Moritz Verlag | board | 108 pp | 140 x 136 mm | Aug 2013 | 2+

All rights available

[original title: Zitronengelb und Feuerrot]

A Little House in the Woods

by Jutta Bauer  Bauer lr

Jutta Bauer has transformed the well-known children’s rhyme that can also be enacted as a pantomime into a wonderful warm-hearted story about trust and (unlikely) friendships. Expect the unexpected!

Marvellous illustrations, this is a true gem!

Press reviews

  • Bücherbüffet Prize 2012

Moritz Verlag | board | 36 pp | 17 x 17 cm | 2012 | 2+

Rights sold: Chinese (complex & simpl.), Danish, Faroese, French, Icelandic, Korean, Spanish

[original title: Steht im Wald ein kleines Haus]

One Two Three Me

by Nadia Budde  Eins zwei drei Tier

Eye-catching, funky art and unexpected rhymes come together in this little book to show just how silly everyday words can be. Kids will crack up at the outrageous cartoon illustrations.

  • Winner of the German Children’s Literature Award
  • Winner of the Oldenburg Children’s Book Prize
  • 7 Best Books for Young Readers

Ingeniously simple, but yet with a striking impact. […] a piece of art, derived from utter intellectual independence and the sheer delight in rhyming. – Tilman Spreckelsen, FAZ

Peter Hammer Verlag | board | 18 pp | 1999 | 3+

Rights sold: Galician, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish

[original title: Eins Zwei Drei Tier]

Little Giraffe Gwendolin

by Andreas Német & Hans-Christian Schmidt Gwendolin lr

Little Gwendolin is ill, she is running a temperature. And her tongue is bright red – children know what that’s like. Also dad saying “I will give you a cuddle. Drink your tea and sleep a little” will be familiar to children. With the tabs they can help Gwendolin to get well again: they can measure her temperature and help her drink her tea. And indeed: the following morning Gwendolin is already much better and energetically jumps out of bed!

The board book specialists Német and Schmidt from Dresden have succeeded in preparing a truly charming book that corresponds to the children’s world of experience. Children will love it just as much as it will help their parents to comfort them during an illness.

  • Leipzig Reading Compass 2013

Moritz Verlag | board | 12 pp | 16.5 x 21 cm | August 2012 | 2+

All rights available

[original title: Gwendolin Giraffenkind]

One More

by Christiane Pieper & Yvonne Hergane   Einer mehr

In this funny picture book we come across many little boys, there is one more on every new page. Accompanied by amusing and simple rhymes the tots do what little boys always do: they are running and shouting, laughing and teasing each other, playing and eating – to cut it short: they are having a lot of fun.

When nine exhausted boys finally lie in their beds, the tenth little fellow appears in the disguise of a ghost and the brief moment of silence comes to a sudden end!

A colourful picture book which is great pleasure for the youngest.

  • Nominated for the German Children’s Literature Award 2012 (Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis)

View a few sample pages here

Peter Hammer Verlag | board | 24 pp | 23 x 17.6 cm | 2011 | 2+

Rights sold: Arabic-German, Dutch

[original title: Einer mehr]