Jörg Mühle’s brilliant children’s fiction title WHEN DADDY’S HAIR WENT ON HOLIDAY has won the Luchs Award!

“This fast-paced story is told by a child who can only be seen once in the 70-page book – when he and his mother watch his distraught father through the window. The quirky adventure is the brainchild of Jörg Mühle, who makes his storytelling debut for beginning readers with Als Papas Haare Ferien machten – and he delivers a brilliant performance. No matter how crazy the father’s hunt develops, how much he waves his arms in the pictures, how boastfully he thrusts out his chest, how wildly he swings the landing net, the tone of the short texts always remains childlike and simple. Mühle’s narration is so warm-hearted and witty that one envies all beginning readers who learn to find their way through the jungle of letters with him and this story. […]

Mühle’s illustration style is full of details, but at the same time reduced and directs the view to the essential, namely: the fleeing hairs. Sometimes they whirl through the air, sometimes they lie very still on a bear.[…]” – Ziphora Robina, DIE ZEIT, 23/2022

 

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