The Story of the Little Mole – My Nursery Friends

Maulwurf Kindergartenfreunde

Between the funny illustrations of the little Mole and Hans-Heinerich (and all sorts of droppings – yuck!) is a lot of space for all your nursery friends who want to ensure that they will always be remembered: with pictures or photographs, good wishes, an account of their favour food and secrets.

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 64 pp | 190 x 205 mm | 2015 | 3+

Rights sold: Dutch, Swedish

[Meine Kindergartenfreunde – Vom kleinen Maulwurf, der wissen wollte, wer ihm auf den Kopf gemacht hat]




And Again … Something Else!

by Wolf Erlbruch & Jürg Schubiger  Schon wieder was 1

What is this? That’s how a curious person asks and he asks from morning till nighttime, so that he will be wiser. What is this?

A fairy, a shrew mouse, a wart hog, a doll munching beast. That’s how someone, who has already seen more of the world, would answer without hesitation. But as he doesn’t by all means know everything, he needs to invent something from time to time. And he does so surprisingly well.

Jürg Schubiger has put together questions and answers; subtle and mischievous. Wolf Erlbruch illustrates – with visible delight—those little pieces of the world that prompt the questions asked: a fairy, a shrew mouse, a wart hog, a doll munching beast.

Erlbruch and Schubiger – birds of a feather that complement each other perfectly: one provides the word, the other counters with an image – Brigitte Jakobeit, Die Zeit

  • One of the 7 Best Books for Young Readers—July 2014

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 32 pp | 200 x 270 mm | 2014 | 4+

Rights sold: Spanish

[original title: Schon wieder was]


Mrs. Meier, the Blackbird

by Wolf Erlbruch   Frau Meier

Mrs Meier worries all the time. Worries about all and everything and mostly without any reason. But one morning there is one: Mrs Meier finds a young blackbird that has fallen from its nest. She picks it up, feeds it and brings it up with great patience. Finally, when the little blackbird is fledged, she even starts thinking about how to teach him fly. Mrs Meier climbs the tree in her garden and starts her adventurous lessons.

A delightful story about love and care which relieves people from their fears and confiments.

  • Nominated for the German Children’s Literature Award
  • Pied Piper Literature Award

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 32 pp | 28.5 x 24.5 cm | 1995 | 5+

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[original title: Frau Meier, die Amsel]


The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew it Was None of His Business

by Wolf Erlbruch & Werner Holzwarth  vom kleinen Maulwurf

When the little mole discovers a pile of, well, pooh, on his head, he is absolutely certain that it doesn’t belong to him, but sets out on a mission to discover who exactly the culprit really is. His investigation takes him into the world of many animals as he wanders and compares the pile on his head to the piles that the other animals leave behind them.

Outrageously funny, this cracking little book is an absolute delight and not only gives children the chance to talk about one of their favourite topics for discussion, but is also an intriguing way of introducing the idea of a nature trail, taking them on a trip that will leave them both laughing and learning.

Nominated for the German Youth Literature Award

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc, hc mini, pop-up edition | 24 pp | 1989 | 2+

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[original title: Vom kleinen Maulwurf, der wissen wollte, wer ihm auf den Kopf gemacht hatte]


Two in Love

by Wolf Erlbruch & Jürg Schubiger  Zwei die sich lieben

It is difficult to say what love is. But this much is clear: it is something to do with kissing or so.

Two in Love is a little gift book for all those who contemplate love. Wondering who wants to kiss whom and who may or even should do so. Wondering about the before and after. The longing, finding, enjoyment and saying goodbye.

Wolf Erlbruch has always been interested in these things and now delights us with many pictures of marvellous couples. Jürg Schubiger now has – to his apparent enjoyment – found verses to accompany Erlbruch’s pictures. Together they convey a very optimistic view: overall, love is beautiful rather than difficult. And so is kissing anyway.

The German original edition is already into its fifth edition!

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc with half-cloth binding| 48 pp | 16 x 21 cm | Feb 2012

Rights sold: Chinese (complex & simplified), French, Frisian, Italian, Korean, Spanish

[original title: Zwei, die sich lieben]


The Miracle of the Bears

by Wolf Erlbruch  Bärenwunder

The bear is tired of being alone. He yearns to have a child, but does not know what to do. So he starts wandering around asking everybody what he has to do to become a father. The rabbit tells him that children grow on the field like turnips. The magpie advises him to lay an egg and hatch it. The salmon tells him the old story about the stork who brings the children. In the end the poor bear is totally confused. But then he meets a female bear who seems to feel what he is longing for. Side by side they walk into the high grass.

A lovely picture book which makes young children ask crucial questions and which helps to find suitable answers. And a wonderful present for expectant mothers and fathers.

  • Winner of the German Children’s Literature Award

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 32 pp | 21.5 x 30 cm | 1992 | 3+

Rights sold: Chinese (simplified), Czech, Dutch, English, French, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish

[original title: Das Bärenwunder]

The Butterfly Workshop

by Wolf Erlbruch & Gioconda Belli Werkstatt der Schmetterlinge

Rodolfo, one of the Designers of All Things and grandson of the esteemed inventor of the rainbow, dreams of creating a creature that flies like a bird has the beauty of a flower. Whilst sitting by the lake and wondering how to do this he finally has a great idea.

A delightful tale about an artist trying to find his way in the world.

  •  Luchs Award

 Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 42 pp | 35 x 25 cm | 2000 | 5+

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[original title: Die Werkstatt der Schmetterlinge]


by Wolf Erlbruch  Leonard

Leonard loves dogs and he knows everything about them. But at the same time he fears nothing as much as dogs. Until one day a little fairy appears on his bed cover and fulfills his biggest wish: she transforms him into a dog. But now something unexpected happens: Leonard the dog fears nothing as much as little boys…

  • German Children’s Literature Award – Nomination

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 32 pp | 30.6 x 21.5 cm | 1991 | 4+

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The Frightful Five

by Wolf Erlbruch fürchterlichen fünf

Five animals meet in the shade of an old bridge: hyena, rat, spider, bat and toad – the frightful five! They are not there to make any mischievous plans; rather they are all very unhappy because nobody really likes them. But after a while the five become tired of their moaning and make plans to change their situation. And soon every animals is seen to have a very special talent. When they finally have a big party with a lot of guests they realise that attractiveness is not only a mtter of one’s appearance.

Wolf Erlbruch draws remarkable personalities who are unique among all the sweetish animals which populate children’s picture books – nevertheless the frightful five don’t fail to gain the little reader’s sympathy from the very start.

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 32 pp | 21.5 x 30 cm | 1993 | 4+

Rights sold: Catalan, Chinese (simplified), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Spanish

[original title: Die fürchterlichen Fünf]

Wolf Erlbruch’s Children’s Calendar: Coming on Strong

Amazing, this demonstration of power and discipline!  starke Stücke

In an elegant slanting position the hammer thrower, who weighs several tons rotates around himself, the ski jumper’s ears flutter majestically during the flawless flight. And with impressive volition the flat-footed sprinter launches into a breathtaking catch-up race on the final stretch.

We knew that Erlbruch’s heroes are capable of many things, but achievements such as these? Awesome.

Peter Hammer Verlag | 13 pp | 42 x 59 cm | 2011 | 6+

Rights sold: Italian

The Eagle That Would Not Fly

by Wolf Erlbruch & James Aggrey Adler

A man catches an eagle and brings it up amongst chickens. The eagle eventually lives like the chickens until one day, a naturalist passes by and immediately recognizes the bird as an eagle. That’s where the story begins.

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 32 pp | 215 x 299 mm | 1998 | 4+

Rights sold: Chinese (simplified), Korean, Portuguese

[original title: Der Adler, der nicht fliegen wollte]