by Nadia Budde
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]
by Nadia Budde
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
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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]
by Nadia Budde
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]