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:
by Jörg Mühle
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
by Susanne Straßer
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:
by Thomas Müller
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?]
by Jörg Mühle
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
Regular co-edition printings
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]
Regular co-edition opportunities!
by Susanne Straßer
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]