Mama Sambona, the wise old queen, lives in the heart of Africa. One day an elegant gentleman comes to see her. He wants to bring Mama Sambona to her forefathers: He is Death. But Mama Sambona is still loving life and has got a lot of plans: She is not at all willing to go with him! And since Mama Sambona is a very clever old woman, she has some ideas how to fool him three times. In the end Death is outwitted by her and – according to the rules – has to wait many years until he is allowed to knock at her door again. A fantastic parable on the zest for life, powerfully illustrated by an extraordinarily talented young artist.

by Tobias Krejtschi & Hermann Schulz


  • Troisdorf Picture Book Award
  • German Children’s Literature Award (Nomination)

Peter Hammer Verlag | picture book | hc | 24 pp | 300 x 217 mm | 2007 | 4+

Rights sold: Danish, Korean, Swedish

[original title: Die schlaue Mama Sambona]