The Christmas Child

by Jutta Bauer & Rose Lagercrantz Weihnachtskind

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

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

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


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


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


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

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

All rights available except Norwegian & Swedish

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


Jutta Bauer

was born in Volksdorf, a suburb of Hamburg, in 1955. She studied illustration at the Hamburg University for Applied Sciences from 1975 until 1981. In 1980 she became a member of a group of illustrators in Hamburg, the “Hamburger Illustratorengruppe”.
She published her first picture books in 1981, worked for various publishing houses and magazines, and began drawing for animated films in 1991.
Among her best-known works are her illustrations for the “Juli” series by Kirsten Boie. She has illustrated some 40 books and received many awards. Her book Schreimutter won the German Youth Literature Award in 2001. In 2009 she was awarded the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis for her complete works and she received the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Illustration in 2010. Today Jutta Bauer lives and works as an artist in Hamburg.

Steht im Wald

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]