A funny approach to everyday family chaos and the different point of views of children and adults.
THE ADULTS ARE BONKERS!
by Franziska Gehm and Nicolai Renger (published by Magellan Verlag)
Let’s be real: adults can be quite strange! They cheer when the children are jumping on the trampoline, but not so much when it’s on the sofa. They really like paintings, but only on a piece of paper and not on the wallpaper. And splashing is only funny at the beach and not in the bathroom. No, you really can’t please the adults …
Yay! Finally our Arnold is being published in the US!
Arnold the Brave by Gundi Herget and Nicolai Renger
US edition published by Peter Pauper Press
We are thrilled to announce that Mario Fesler has been awarded with the German YouthLiterature Award New Talent for his book LIZZY CARBON published by Magellan Verlag! The newly created special award for new talents carries a value of 10,000 Euro. (c) photo: Maria Himmel
Since 1956 the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis (German Children’s Literature Award) has been given annually to outstanding works of children’s and young adult literature. It is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Families, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. The prize is intended to encourage the development of children’s and young adult literature, to arouse and maintain public interest in those works, and to stimulate discussions in this field of literature. The goal of the award is to strengthen children and young adults in their personal development and to offer guidance to the vast German book market. The prize announcement and ceremony take place in October at the Frankfurt Book Fair. The Arbeitskreis für Jugendliteratur is responsible for awarding the prize.
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Who Would Ask a Tomcat? by Anette Herzog (published by Magellan Verlag)
Aristotle is a very handsome tomcat in his prime – according to himself. And Anna and her family think that, too. At least that’s what Aristotle thought until he finds out that Anna wants a dog for her birthday. A dog?!? Which sensible eight year- old girl wants a yappy little dog? Aristotle is adamant: that’s not going to happen as long as he is the cat of the house! All he needs to do is showing Anna what she’s got in him – by running away to prove his point. Too bad that life as a street cat is not really how Aristotle had expected …
Happy Easter and I hope you got some nice books from the Easter Bunny, if not, make sure you get one of these for next year!
IDA by Julia Breitender and Carola Sieverding (published by Magellan Verlag)
The little donkey Ida is a true artist. With her tail tuft, she paints the most beautiful patterns on the walls of the barn. When Ida can’t find any eggs at Easter, she goes looking for the Easter bunny – and is lucky enough to discover him! However, he’s in a big mess: His alarm clock didn’t ring so he hasn’t painted all the eggs yet! There’s no time to lose! Ida swings her tail and helps the Easter bunny to colour the remaining eggs. Easter is saved!
Hello, Little Easter Chick! by Ulrike Fischer and Katrin Oertel (published by Magellan Verlag)
CRACK! CRACK! CRACK! Oh, what’s this? Barely hatched, the cheeky chick desperately wants to help the Easter bunny. Soon, the dog is yellow, the pig blue and the sheep green. And who’s going to paint the eggs now?
10 Little Sheep by Franziska Gehm and Marina Rachner (published by Loewe Verlag)
One of my daughter’s favourites! Splash! One little yellow sheep jumps into the muddy puddle. The little red one joins in and together the two sheep go for a picnic. When the little green sheep arrives they all sit together and start singing songs … A funny board book helps to learn the different colours as well as to count from 1 to 10. Cheerful rhymes make this book great fun for parents and children alike.
I must have read this board books around a hundred times as it is my daughter’s absolute favourite!
DON’T BE A FROG AND KISS ME! by Nastja Holtfreter
An interactive board book with colourful illustrations and a great story to introduce different animals to the child through clever rhyming text.
The prince doesn’t mean any harm by his little prank. The witch, however, is all but amused and turns him into a frog! Now he’s small, green and no longer handsome and royal. He desperately needs the reader’s help – and a counterspell-kiss! But it doesn’t really turn out as he wishes! Shall we try again? Will that be enough to save him?
Nasty Holtfreter is one of Germany’s most popular illustrators at the moment and a second title will be published this spring about circus animals.
Please get in touch for further details and co-edition schedules and prices!
Every year on the 6th of December children in Germany celebrate Nikolaustag (well at our house the adults do as well). Children leave one nicely cleaned shoe outside their room in the evening of the 5th and the next morning they find loads and loads of chocolates, clementines, walnuts and if they are lucky a small present as well. If they have been naughty during the year, they only find some wooden sticks which Knecht Ruprecht has left for them to teach them a lesson (never happened to me by the way ;)).
It is the perfect day to introduce you to some of Magellan’s Christmas treasures:
TEDDY CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS by Ulrike Fischer and Tina Schulte
Lovely illustrated and heart warming Christmas story. (board book)
To be a true Christmas teddy – that’s what Teddy the cuddle bear wishes for. But what does a true Christmas teddy actually need to be dressed properly? Right: a beanie, a scarf, gloves, and warm socks are essentials! But where will Teddy get all these things in time to be a true Christmas teddy on Christmas Eve?
AN UNEXPECTED CHRISTMAS GUEST by Annette Amrhein and Sabine Straub
A lovely Christmas story about finding friends in unexpected places.
The bear has been so busy preparing for hibernation that he even forgot to go to sleep. However, he is overjoyed: For the first time ever, he’ll be able to celebrate Christmas! He wants to host a great party for the inhabitants of the forest and immediately sets out to write invitations, make decorations and get a tree. Unfortunately, the other animals are afraid of him and when Christmas Eve arrives, he is waiting in vain for his guests – or is he?
Let me know if you would like further information!
New middle grade/ya (12+) highlight by a talented new author, published by Magellan Verlag.
LIZZY CARBON AND THE LOSERS’ CLUB by Mario Fesler
When Lizzie is told to do the dishes at the school festival, it doesn’t come as a surprise. It’s just part of life as the most unpopular girl in her class. But things take a surprising turn: Suddenly she’s stuck with a bunch of misfits and her own project. The whole thing seems doomed to fail: No one believes in them, not even the team members themselves, and obstacles are constantly thrown their way. Lizzie, however, is not one to give up. After all, together they could finally make a change …This unconventional protagonist tells her story with black humour and a surprising twist. Great play with stereotypes!
Mario Fesler spent most of his childhood with clever, quick-witted girls, which inspired him to create his protagonist Lizzy. He lives and works in Berlin. Lizzy Carbon and the Losers’ Club is his debut.