THE MOON GIRL by Mehrnousch Zaeri-Esfahani and Mehrdad Zaeri (published by Knesebeck Verlag)
A little girl called Mahtab lives with her family in an obscure kingdom. The little girl possesses magic powers – she can even speak the language of cats. When the Bloodreds seize power in the kingdom a reign of terror begins. The family flees on a dramatic journey from the Orient to the Occident. But Mahtab never feels lost or forlorn. She has the warmth and support of her family and the comfort of her own inner world, the fabulous realm of Athabasca. Each description of a new stage of the family’s journey is followed by an episode in Mahtab’s inner world until the real world and her dream world merge – and then something extraordinary happens …
THE ILLUSTRATOR Mehrdad Zaeri was born in Isfahan in Iran in August 1970. As a child, he lived a split existence, veering between a passion for games and extreme fear of life. He has since overcome his fear but his enjoyment of games remains. When he was fourteen he emigrated with his family to Turkey and later to Germany. He works as an artist and illustrator.
THE AUTHOR Mehrnousch Zaeri-Esfahani was born in Iran in 1974. In 1985, she and her family fled to Germany via Turkey. She graduated in social pedagogy and in 1999 began working with refugees and in refugee relief. In 2002 she was awarded the ‘Demokratiepreis des Deutschen Bundestages’, the price for democracy of the German national parliament, for her interactive game Asylopoly. Her aim is to show children that they are not alone in their anxieties and needs.
Some exciting news have been announced last night.
WILD ANIMALS OF THE NORTH by Dieter Braun, published in English by Flying Eye Books, has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal!
Originally published in German by Knesebeck Verlag, this is the first time ever a translated title made it onto the shortlist! How exciting and well done to everyone involved! We’ll keep our fingers crossed!
Kate Greenaway Shortlist 2017
A great new chapter book written by Sylvia Englert and illustrated by Sabine Dully.
WHY DON’T SWEETS FALL FROM THE SKY? Finn loves going to school, if it weren’t for the boring walk there. But what amazing luck – a little wolf has latched onto him to keep him company on the walk to school. Why does he bombard him with so many questions? Because he’s a Whywolf! And Finn as it so happens is a born storyteller. He explains why humans only have two arms and tells his inquisitive friend where to find the tastiest meat-ball trees. He’s got all the answers and can even answer the oldest question of all – why are bananas bent?
Highly imaginative answers for children who ask a lot of questions woven into a funny story with two lovable characters. Please get in touch for further details.
Today I have a wonderful illustrated title for you by the German publisher KNESEBECK VERLAG:
WILD ANIMALS by Dieter Braun
This book introduces a novel approach to wildlife literature. Well-known illustrator and children’s book author Dieter Braun has spent years travelling the world to watch wildlife close up and study animal behaviour. The idea for the project originated in 2006 when Braun first visited the Hatari Lodge in Tanzania. Extended trips to Asia, Africa and North America followed, culminating in a four-month stay in Australia. Braun is the first illustrator to offer such unerring insights into the fascinating world of animals – this thanks to his unique blend of observational skill, innovative storytelling style and a distinctive brand of humour. This first volume of two, dedicated to the wildlife of the southern hemisphere, brings together a stupendous collection of illustrations in bright, vibrant colour. It includes virtuoso, true-to-life portrait drawings of animals: from Africa – the giraffe, gorilla and rhinoceros; from South America – the cocatoo, anteater and jaguar; and from Australia – the kangaroo, wombat and koala. The text that accompanies the striking images is compelling and entertaining.
The hard-cover book is in the format 240x300mm and has 144 pages and the second book is already in the making.
Just let me know if you are interested in further details and have a great week!