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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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)

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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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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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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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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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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]

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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]

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]

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.

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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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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!]

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+

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[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

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[original title: Drachen kocht man nicht]

 

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]

 

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]

 

The Green Pirates – Trapped Birds of Prey

by Andrea Poßberg & Corinna Böckmann piraten_greifvögel_3D

Hot on the trappers’ trail—the fourth case for the Green Pirates

Such cruelty to animals! In the forest, the Green Pirates Ben, Flora, Jannik, Lennart and Pauline come across a trapped bird of prey. They take it to a nearby bird rescue station, where the injured raptor is looked after. The rescue team has found several traps and poisoned baits of late, despite the fact that birds of prey are under wildlife protection. Who is behind the nasty attacks? Mr. Bonneschranz, who breeds carrier pigeons and who has already lost some of his birds to the raptors? Or the huntsman Ferdinand Wassenberg, who is a close friend of the mayor? And why does a mysterious tree-knocker keep creeping through the forest? The Green Pirates lie in wait …

Südpol Verlag | hc | 128 pp with 55 b&w illustrations | Feb 2015 | 8+

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[original title: Die grünen Piraten – Greifvögel in der Falle]

We Have Won the Lottery!

We Have Won the Lottery!

ens_ha_tocat_la_loteriaby Pere Comellas & Teresa Martí

The family on the 3rd floor, staircase H, apartment 1, have won the lottery. How lucky they are! Now they will never have to worry about anything ever again. Or will they?

Suddenly they discover that money can make you happy – or not, but it certainly does make life more difficult. An amusing story, written from a little girl’s point of view, who is very much surprised by everyone’s reaction to their stroke of luck: her family’s, the neighbours’, their friends’.

Takatuka | pb | 48 pp with four-colour illustrations | 6+

Rights sold: Arabic, Korean

[original title: Ens ha tocat la loteria!]

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The Magic Minus

In Pursuit of the Numbers through the Labyrinth Magisches Minus

by Ina Krabbe

All numbers have disappeared from the wizard’s school Abracadabra! From everywhere! From the classrooms, from the books and even out of the pupils’ heads. Teaching is impossible: the magic spells no longer work, the cook cannot read her recipes, no pupil can find the right classroom and how are pupils supposed to open their books on the right page?! Marlon, Clarissa, Elmar and the other pupils of the second wizards’ class find the wild chaos funny to begin with. But the children soon discover that numbers are rather useful. At what time should the children fly home? No idea! Buying a certain number of sweets at the school kiosk? Impossible! And what is a wizard with not a single magic spell that works?

Marlon, Clarissa and Elmar must recover the numbers! The trio discovers that the Magic Minus is behind the chaos: a small animal that has snapped up all the numbers and taken them into the labyrinth underneath the school. But the children have to solve a few mysterious riddles before they are able to retrieve the numbers.

Südpol Verlag | hc | 128 pp with 55 b&w illustrations | Feb 2015 | 8+

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[original title: Das magische Minus. Zahlenjagd im Labyrinth]

Alma’s Secret Garden

With the Mutton Carrot in the Stone Age Mit der Hammelmöhre

by Birgit Hedemann & Maria Ernicke

On their way home from school, Mette and her cousin Theo discover a secret garden. This is where Alma lives, an old woman who cultivates the archetypal plants of many different vegetables. But a burglar has vandalized the garden. Now her archetypal plants are lost forever! Mette and Theo want to help Alma recover the seeds of her primordial plants. But to do so they have to travel back in time; to the era in which people ate the vegetable for the first time.

With the magic tulip tree in Alma’s garden, brave Mette travels as far back as the Stone Age! This is where she meets Ela, a girl that takes Mette to her village. Suddenly arrows are flying around Mette’s head and she has to flee from a dangerous cave bear! Will she manage to find the seeds and travel back to Alma’s garden?

Südpol Verlag | hc | 92 pp with 41 b&w illustrations | Feb 2015 | 7+

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[original title: Almas geheimer Garten – Mit der Hammelmöhre in die Steinzeit]

Tilda and the Scent of the World

by Karin Koch & Iris Wolfermann Tilda und der Duft der Welt

Tilda’s nose tells her what she likes or doesn’t like. Tilda loves the smell of her dad. He smells of wood and soil and a little like nutmeg.

Since their father doesn’t live with them any longer, Tilda and her younger brother Hans can only visit him from time to time. Tilda always immediately opens the windows, because he always forgets to air his flat. Everything is different at dad’s anyway. They are allowed to flood the bathroom when taking a bath and when Hans falls asleep on the sofa, dad simply carries him into bed, without brushing his teeth. He bakes 15 pancakes and invents funny games.

But mum just wants to know if he still doesn’t shave and if he’s fallen asleep in front of the TV again. One day, they are not allowed to visit dad any longer. Hans is so angry that he locks himself in the garden shed and the adults finally comprehend that the children will not accept everything.

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 48 pp | Feb 2015 | 6+

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[original title: Tilda und der Duft der Welt]

Ede and the Meerkat Gang

by Simone Klages   Ede und die Erdmannbande

Ede and his four siblings and mum live in a much too small, yet very cosy house. One evening a sly fellow with a motorbike and a trash can knocks
on their door and introduces himself as their granddad. Everyone is suspicious, but granddad brought them presents – and particularly those that
they have been wishing for for a long time! So granddad is allowed to stay.
Ede can nevertheless shake the feeling that something isn’t quite right. Granddad acts as if he was on the run and doesn’t let his trash can out of
sight. When a sleazy red jackal moves into the neighbours’ house, granddad gets even more nervous.
But why?

Dynamic, suspense-packed and funny—two richly illustrated crime stories for children with the perfect balance between text and images for first readers.

Extraordinary illustrations with many whacky ideas, razor-toothed heroes with a lot of identification potential for all kinds of readers. Short chapters and a suspense-packed plot will enthrall first readers.— Stiftung Lesen

  • Recommended by Stiftung Lesen
  • First Reader of the Month – July 2014, Borromäus Verein

Moritz Verlag | hc | 96 pp | 150 x 218 mm | Feb & July 2014 | 6+

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[original titles: Ede und die Erdmannbande]

Ede and the Treasure Hunters

by Simone Klages Ede und die Schatzsucher

Holidays at last! Ede and his four siblings have great plans: they want to find the treasure that is marked on Grandpa Stokster’s treasure map. So
they are off to Africa, because that’s where the treasure is supposed to be. In Namibia they meet grandpa’s relatives and have a lot of adventures.
When they attempt to unearth the treasure they are almost attacked by a tawny eagle and then assaulted by a stranger. Maybe it was the nasty sleazy red jackal again? What does Ede’s missing father have to do with it all? And have Ede and his siblings really read the treasure map properly?

Dynamic, suspense-packed and funny—two richly illustrated crime stories for children with the perfect balance between text and images for first readers.

Moritz Verlag | hc | 96 pp | 150 x 218 mm | July 2014 | 6+

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[original title: Ede und die Schatzsucher]

Make Way for Oswald! Desperately Seeking Santa

by Ina Krabbe  Bahn frei für Oswald

A fast-paced Christmas adventure about false Santas and flying reindeer

Marek is angry! His mother is in New York, his uncle in the mountains and he is supposed to celebrate Christmas with his grandma. But then the freshly hewn Christmas tree turns out to be reindeer Oswald and Marek has got his work cut out for him: Oswald needs to return to Santa! But that is far from easy, because the reindeer has not been back to Earth for more than 100 years. And so it happens that Oswald, Marek and grandma Lotti drift from one disaster into the next …

This is huge fun! – Schmitz Junior

A funny Christmas adventure – Fritzi Family Magazine

A brilliant Christmas book for the young and old alike – Leseratten

One of the most original, touching, funniest and unsentimental Christmas stories that I have ever read. – www.alliterus.com – Astrid van Nahl

Südpol Verlag | hc | 128 pp | 44 b&w illustrations | Oct 2014 | 8+

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[original title: Bahn frei für Oswald!]

 

iX-Mission Scrapyard

by Ina Krabbe   iX Mission Schrottplatz

A brilliant story about two boys, their friendship and the power of the imagination.
Milo and Jannis accidentally witness an assault on old Geronimo in his scrapyard. Before Geronimo lapses into a coma, he asks the boys to look after iX and the others. But who on earth is iX? And who are the others? With the help of a butterfly and a good deal of courage the boys manage to uncover old Geronimo’s incredible secret and his curious metal beings whose lifeblood is storytelling.
When they find out that the scrapyard is supposed to be razed to the ground, Milo and Jannis concoct a daring plan to save the robots—a gripping read is guaranteed!

Südpol Verlag | hc | 200 pp | with b&w illustrations | 2014 | 9-11 yrs

Rights sold: Turkish

[original title: iX Mission Schrottplatz]

Monday is Back-to-front-cap-day

Monday is Back-to-front-cap-day

Montag ist Mützenfalschrumtagby Arne Rautenberg & Jens Rassmus

Arne Rautenberg’s poems are fun! Even more so when he rhymes for children. He juggles sounds, words and crazy ideas until they form something new that encourages laughter and even reflection.

This book contains 40 refreshingly unpedagogical poems that don’t care a straw what is supposed to belong into a proper poem. Embarrassing and decent stuff, meaningful and nonsensical content, clever and foolish ideas: anything goes—as long as it is original and witty.

Together with Jens Rassmus’s illustrations this all makes out for a loveable ingenious book that pleases the entire family.

White Raven 2014

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 48 pp | 150 x 237 mm | 2014 | 5+

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Sam Stripe and the Queen of Sheba

by Uwe Becker   zipfelmaus_3_titel_rgb_3D-8e7d6d4e

Mrs. Beehive’s garden plot contains a treasure: three ripe “Queen-of-Sheba pears. But the valuable pieces of fruit are in danger! Sam Stripe and his colleagues, bat Shakira, bumblebee Fiffi, Mole, Fatspider, Ali and the Flipflops must guard the pears.

This proves far from easy, as a circus has just pitched its tents nearby and to make matters worse, aunt Fee has come to visit and throws everything off balance with her orderliness. Soon the first pear is stolen! Will Sam Stripe and his friends manage to save the two remaining pears? Because one thing is crystal clear: if the pears disappear from the tree, they will all be expelled from their paradise-like garden. A tumultuous search for the thief begins …

Südpol Verlag | hc | 224 pp | 160 x 220 mm | with 55 b&w illustrations by Ina Krabbe | Oct 2014 | 8+

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[original title: Zipfelmaus und die Königin von Saba]

Sam Stripe and the Mysterious Gold Scraper

by Uwe Becker   Zipfelmaus_2_titel_3D_rgb-b7058d74

Holidays at last! Sam Stripe is looking forward to some quiet and relaxing days in Mrs. Beehive’s garden. But just then uncle Benn, officiating church mouse at St. Pistor, needs help: a mysterious gold scraper is scraping the gold off the picture frames and figurines at the church.

And so Sam Stripe, his friends the bat Shakira, bumblebee Fiffi and Fatspider hurl themselves into yet another hair-raising adventure.

 … even better than the first volume. – Alliterus

An extremely humorous book—not just for young readers. – his & her books

Südpol Verlag | hc | 256 pp | 160 x 220 mm | with 55 b&w illustrations by Ina Krabbe | Oct 2013 | 8+

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[original title: Zipfelmaus und der geheimnisvolle Goldkratzer]

Sam Stripe Hunts the Bird Thief

by Uwe Becker  Zipfelmaus_1_titel_3D_rgb-e323cc05

Strange things happen in Mrs. Beehive’s garden, the otherwise tranquil home of Sam Stripe: at first, the eggs of the breeding bird parents disappear and then the hatchlings are kidnapped! Sam Stripe is extremely worried.

In the dive bar that is run by the shrew mouse behind the rain barrel, Sam Stripe and his friends Mole, rabbit Ali, the two dormice Flip and Flop and bat Shakira forge out a plan to outsmart the bird thief. An exciting adventure in, above, underneath and behind the garden of Mrs. Beehive!

Adorable story with wonderfully cheeky illustrations. – Ostthüringische Zeitung

Wonderful humour, loveable characters—an exceptional experience. – KiBuLo

An entertaining reading adventure that is not only for the young ones. – Landlust

Südpol Verlag | hc | 224 pp | 160 x 220 mm | with 55 b&w illustrations by Ina Krabbe | Oct 2012 | 8+

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[original title: Zipfelmaus jagt den Vogeldieb]

The Magic Times Table

Chaos at the Wizards’ School  magisches_Mal_titel_3D-3e5b5bb8

by Ina Krabbe

Clarissa, Marlon and Elmar have to learn the multiplication table spells. Sheer horror—for Marlon in particular until he finds an old stone tablet in the school library at Castle Adracabadra. This stone tablet releases a mysterious amplifying spell and causes utter confusion at the school. The class rooms are swarming with mini pigs, owls, bats and squibs. Tremendous fun! – until professor Moscare and doctor Darkman turn up to close the wizards’ school!

But how can the magical stone tablet be stopped? And what does professor Grimbaldi, the school’s director, have to do with all of this? The three friends are doing their utmost to solve the mystery and save Castle Adracabadra. Time is running out!

Math fun at its best! – Westfalen-Blatt

Harry Potter meets the multiplication table. […] An educationally brilliant idea that will not only satisfy parents. – Die kleine Leselampe

Südpol Verlag | hc | 128 pp | 138 x 205 mm | with 55 b&w illustrations | March 2014 | 7+

Rights sold: Korean, Turkish

[original title: Das magische Mal]

If I Was a Pirate

by Karin Koch & André Rösler Wär ich Pirat

Pirates curse, they eat red runner beans with onions and garlic and their farts are as loud as a clap of thunder. Leander knows that when he sails the seas one day he will also be as wild as a pirate every now and then.

His real life is far from exciting: speech therapy on Mondays, music lessons on Tuesdays, psychomotility on Wednesdays, English and archery on Thursdays and creativity training on Fridays. And school, of course. Leander only likes archery and the girl Ellie who he’d love to meet up with to play one day. At home mum is busy with the baby, dad works late and Leander is considerate of everyone else.
“For God’s sake!” – only pirates would shout something like that. But Leander is only in the second class and no pirate yet. When things get too much for him one day, he starts walking along the river twards  the sea –  on and on.
And while Leander dreams of faraway worlds, the adults are suddenly wide awake!

  • Winner of the Children’s Book Prize NRW 2013

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 48 pp | 2012 | 8+

Rights sold: Chinese (simplified)

[original title: Wär ich Pirat]

Mia with the Hat

by Karin Koch & André Rösler Mia-mit-dem-Hut

Abadi is new in Mia’s class, he’s from Africa. Mia likes him, because he is the only one who does not laugh at her old hat which she wears in memory of her grandfather. Mia and Abadi become friends. But one day, when Abadi is attacked by his classmates, Mia is not courageous enough to stand by him. Abadi is disappointed and it takes some time until Mia understands that friendship needs courage and loyalty.

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 48 pp | 4-colour throughout | 2007 | 8+

Rights sold: Chinese (simplified), Danish, Korean

[original title: Mia mit dem Hut]

A Cat is What I’d Like Best

by Karin Koch & André Rösler Am_liebesten_eine_Katze

Fiona is an eight year old girl. She has got a dad who does the cooking, a mum who earns the money and a sister who is crazy about football. And she has got one heart’s desire: a cat! She would call it Minky and it would sleep in her room and wake her up with its soft paws. But her parents are against it. And even worse: mum and dad argue all the time until one day mum packs her bags and leaves the house. Now Fiona has two heart’s desires.

A story about a child’s hopes, family-desasters, strokes of luck and dreams which finally come true. – Detailed pictures on every page brighten the atmosphere and support the young reader’s understanding.

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 48 pp | 26 x 24 cm | 2010 | 8+

Rights sold: Chinese (simplified), Korean

[original title: Am liebsten eine Katze]

Emil Turns Seven

by Karin Koch & André Rösler  emil7

Emil doesn’t like broccoli, can spit cherry pits really far and can do puzzles like no one else: Emil will soon be seven years old. He lives with his mum, his dad no longer lives with them. Emil visits him sometimes and then they go on fantastic excursions. One day, a strange man lies in mum’s bed in the morning. What does he want? Why does mum need a new man, when he’s about to turn seven already and they get one fabulously by themselves? There are disappointments, arguments and tears and it takes a while before Emil realises that the new man will not take his mum away from him and that he is a really nice guy after all.

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 48 pp | 26 x 24 cm | 2005 | 8+

Rights sold: Danish

[original title: Emil wird sieben]

The One Who Stayed Behind

by Annette Herzog  einer_der_bleibt

“Noras tongue was covered with dry dust. Luckily it wasn’t far to the trees where the satsumas grew. […] She ripped the peel off the first satsuma and pushed the whole satsuma into her mouth. Still chewing Nora grabbed the next one when she suddenly felt someone behind her. She turned round in fear.She looked at a tongue, a long pink tongue that hung out of a mouth with pointed teeth. Two brown eyes looked into her face. They shone as if they had been crying.”

This story of a wonderful friendship tells of bravery and hope – also and particularly in times of war.

With five black and white illustrations by Gretje Witt

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 64 pp | 23.4 x 14.6 cm | 9+

Rights sold: Danish, Norwegian

[original title: Einer, der bleibt]

Mister Vam Series

by Annette Herzog & Gergely Kiss

Tough Times for Mister Vam (vol. 1)  [original title: Harte Zeiten für Mister Vam]

New Hope for Mister Vam (vol. 2)  [original title: Neue Hoffnung für Mister Vam]

And … Action, Mister Vam! (vol. 3)  [original title: Film ab, Mister Vam!]

Mister Vam is not amused when he wakes up tired and torn in his coffin one evening and realises that he has been asleep for 250 years. He suffers terrible pangs of hunger, but his vampire teeth are loose and the world outside the graveyard has changed dramatically. To make matters worse, he is stalked by a tomcat who introduces himself as ‘Paul Pinsky, film producer’, who seems to see Mister Vam as the perfect protagonist for his vampire movie. Follow the funny pair through a series of mishaps, lucky events and accidents. Will Mister Vam finally be the star in Paul Pinsky’s vampire movie? Find out in this hilarious series!

Fast-paced and funny, these books will excite even reluctant readers. Pure reading pleasure!

Moritz Verlag | hc | 96 pp | 15 x 21.8 cm | 2010 & 2011 | 8+

Rights sold: Russian (vol. 1)

Mister Vam IIMister Vam III

Earthworm Days

by Antje Damm Regenwurmtage

Ida is full of expectations when she goes to school on the first day. Who will she sit next to? She doesn’t yet know the other children. And all those new rules seem so unfamiliar. Then a boy is placed next to her – a boy! His name is Faruk and he managed to get lost on his way to school right on the first day …

A subtle and heartfelt story about the rescue of earthworms, entries into homework books and how all of this leads to friendship.

  • One of the 7 Best Children’s Books (May 2011)

Moritz Verlag | hc | 56 pp | 15 x 21.8 cm | 2011 | 7+

Rights sold: Chinese (simplified), Korean

[original title: Regenwurmtage]

Granddad’s Sandwiches

41GpEhEBLkL._SL500_AA300_by Antje Damm

Granddad Hansel is coming to visit! Antje can hardly wait. Mum is already spending the whole day cleaning the house and Antje is putting together those things that she wants to show Granddad: her school report, for example, but also her new leather gloves. Then she will play her favourite games with him and listen to him explain the most fascinating facts about animals and plants. If only her little brothers Fabi and Flo weren’t such a pain in the neck all the time!
Antje is especially looking forward to the sandwiches Granddad always brings, because they are yummy and taste of adventures and the whole wide world.

  • White Raven 2013
  • Children’s Book Prize NRW 2012 

Moritz Verlag | hc | 52 pp | 15 x 21.8 cm | March 2012 | 7+

Rights sold: Chinese (simplified)

[original title: Hasenbrote]

Titus Rattlebag

by Ina Krabbe  Titus_1_titel_3D_rgb-1bfab69d

It is rather special that Titus has two mothers. Not many can say that. And it may also be something special that he has a cat called goalkeeper. But the really special thing about Titus is that he is an inventor.

An invention can be very handy when you happen to be stuck with a problem. Like the situation with the trojan smelly ball. Titus invented that because Mr. Viper refused to give them back their footballs. And when Mr. Globe loses his lucky charm in the lake, Titus has his brilliant idea with the underwater-telescope. Incredible, what you can discover with that …

A brilliant book – wether to read yourself or to read out loud – Westfalen-Blatt

The book gives young readers new (crazy!) ideas and stimulates the imagination. – his & her books

Südpol Verlag | hc | 80 pp | 148 x 210 mm | 7+

Rights sold: Italian, Turkish

[original title: Die Erfindungen des Titus Knatterberg. Der trojanische Stinkeball. Das Unterwasserfernrohr]