At the bottom is the bear, he’s hungry. At the top is the cake. Tasty, sweet and out of reach.

This story has begun before you’ve even opened the book and even the very young will grasp the problem at one glance. Not to be able to reach – that is precisely what they experience every day!

But then pig arrives, followed by the dog, the rabbit, the chicken and the frog. The old trick works: Giving each other a leg-up leads to an ever-growing, funny and wobbly ladder that grows with the turn of every page.

by Susanne Straßer


  • Leipzig Reading Compass 2015

“How Susanne Straßer succeeds in narrating soooo much with so few resources and have the little readers so spellbound is truly masterly.” – Buchhandlung Eulenspiegel

“A brilliant example that goes to show what often ridiculed board books are capable of!” – The jury – Leipzig Reading Compass

“This picture book treasure is illustrated affectionately and funny at the same time and highly recommendable for children aged 2 and up (and not just for those!)” – Monika Seyerlein

Peter Hammer Verlag | board book | 24 pp | 165 x 280 mm | 2014 | 2+

Rights sold: Arabic, Catalan, Chinese (simplified), Danish, Dutch, English (world), French, Korean, Pashto, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish


[original title: So weit oben]

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