FABER’S TREASURE – a new picture book by Cornelia Funke and illustrated by Susanne Goehlich
One day, Faber’s grandfather, who used to be a sailor and whom everybody believes to be a bit crazy, gives him a strange present before leaving for his retirement in the US. He gives him a carpet, a magic carpet. Faber only has to read the words out loud which are embroidered on the carpet and it will take him wherever he would like to. There is just one problem: nobody seems to be able to read the words – until Faber meets a girl from Syria who is able to help. She reads the words aloud and suddenly the carpet lifts off and the children fly away on it.
A declaration of love to the diversity of our world! Get in touch for further details!
Please don’t open – Vicious! by Charlotte Habersack and illustrated by Fréderic Bertrand
By the best-selling author of “Pippa Pepperkorn”: A heart-warming story in which children have to help a lost creature find its way home again.
“Please don’t open!” is written on the mysterious package which Nemo receives one day. Obviously Nemo opens it … and then three things happen: 1. a greedy yeti knight jumps out, 2. it starts to snow outside – even though it’s the middle of summer, and 3. the yeti starts to grow. Really tall! Two and a half metres tall! While Nemo’s home town descends into snowy chaos, Nemo and his friends are faced with a bit of a problem: how on earth do you hide a yeti? A turbulent race against time ensues …
The second title will be published in summer 2017! Just get in touch with me for further details!
OVER AND UNDER by Doris Ruebel, published by Carlsen Verlag, is a small board book with incredible 98 pages for children to learn opposites.
Stunning illustrations and loads to discover!
Everything has two sides or even more! This is over und this is under, that is big and this is small. Somebody is frightened, another one brave… This books shows opposites and brings the little one a step closer to understanding the big wide world.
There are further titles by different illustrators in this series of small chunky board books with almost 100 pages. Please get in touch for further details.
A fantastic middle grade series by Andreas Steinhoefel, illustrated by Peter Schoessow.
Rico lives with his mother in Berlin and describes himself as »lowly gifted«. When he meets the highly gifted Oskar the two unlikely friends haven’t an inkling that they will soon play major parts in a kidnapping case. During the search for the victim, Rico turns out to be quite a shrewd investigator!
There are three titles in the series and we got a huge fan who sent in a video telling you why you have to buy this book: Link (in English)
CORINE Jugendbuchpreis 2008: “A wonderful book about friendship, which has the clever-naïve congeniality of Forrest Gump, as well as the magic of Kästner’s, Emil und die Detektive.”
Erich-Kästner-Preis for Literature 2009:
“[An author] whose numerous children’s and young adult’s titles, as well as his authorial résumé, has affinities to Erich Kästner’s works,” (from the statement of the jury).
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THE ADVENTURE BY LESTER AND BOB by Ole Könnecke
This is the story of two friends. This is the story of Lester and Bob. Lester is popular with everybody. Lester always has something to talk about and he has a lot of suggestions for Bob how the next adventure could look like. Lester is a duck. Bob is Lester‘s friend. Bob doesn‘t talk much at all. Bob‘s never in a hurry. Bob is all right. Bob‘s a bear.
And we got some exciting news in Bologna as well: The Italian edition has just won the Premio Orbil 2016! Here is a link to the webpage: PREMIO ORBIL
Aladin Verlag has published two titles so far of these two hilarious characters.
The Year of the Monkey takes a poetic yet light-hearted look at the difficulties of being different and fitting in, mirroring some of the author’s own experiences of growing up in Germany and her family’s flight from Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Que Du Luu’s characters are so life-like they are almost tangible. Living in Germany, sixteen-year-old Mini has lost most of her connection to her Chinese heritage; she is a so-called ‘banana’. As the reader, we are privy to her inner thoughts – although she doesn’t think of herself as Chinese and can’t eat with chopsticks, most people judge her by her appearance. She is embarrassed by the fact that her father speaks broken German, eats noisily and chews with his mouth open. Mini, a typical teenager in many ways, helps out grudgingly in the family’s restaurant. It is only when her father suffers a heart attack that she realises the toll that working late every day of the week has taken on him as he struggles to make ends meet. Her eyes are also opened to the harsh reality for many immigrants: both the restaurant’s cook and busboy are in Germany illegally without work permits and are obliged to live in cramped, unsanitary conditions. Mini’s perspective changes again when her Uncle Wu comes to visit from Australia. Outspoken and with an opinion about everything, Uncle Wu comments that Mini’s Chinese isn’t up to scratch, that her father isn’t strict enough with her and that the reason why the restaurant isn’t booming is because they don’t have any guardian lions at the entrance. Uncle Wu also has constructive criticism to offer based on his experiences of running a business in Australia. The more time Mini spends with her uncle, the more she learns about the family’s escape from Vietnam and the many sacrifices involved. She hears how they tried to dock in Singapore and weren’t allowed off the ship, how they spent a year in a camp in Thailand and how many people were tricked into spending their life savings on the journey. Uncle Wu and other members of their family were some of the fortunate ones who made it all the way to Australia. The story closes on a hopeful note, looking towards the socio-political changes that should ensure a better future. Mini’s story of growing up with a dual sense of identity is thoroughly engrossing and the novel is a real page-turner with universal, international themes that will resonate with an English-language readership. (Source: New Books in German)
A moving and fantastic written story by Que Du Luu. Please get in touch for further details.
When an unlikely bunch of animals gather in the animal lounge at a large airport, anything could happen! Ulrich Hub’s marvellous story of clashing animal personalities introduces young readers to a rich cast of characters whose behaviour presents a humorous take on human stereotypes. The group includes a hard-baked con-artist fox, a garrulous airheaded goose, a pair of self-consciously intellectual sheep, an aging film-star tiger, a hyperactive monkey, and a self-important (and sleepy) panda bear. And of course, the security dog, a decorated hero with self-esteem problems and a secret to hide. Cooped up together in the animal lounge, it’s no wonder that pandemonium breaks loose… The fox is on the run and has a cunning plan to get hold of the other animals’ passports – especially the panda’s passport with its valuable protected species stamp. To do this, he has to gain the animals’ trust, and somehow win over the security dog. But the fox does not reckon with the relationships he develops with the animals in their enforced proximity. He exploits their weaknesses, only to find that he ends up feeling rather sorry for them, and that lying doesn’t make him feel that good. Before the group of animals can exit the story as friends, they are led astray by the fox and wreak havoc in the duty-free shop, subsequently holding a wild party in the lounge. Finally, the fox and the dog join forces to rescue the group from a near catastrophe. This is an ideal book for children who are gaining confidence as independent readers, while also working well as a read-aloud bedtime story. As one would expect from an author who is an experienced stage-writer, the characters in this book have strong voices, reflecting their individual personalities and preoccupations. The tiger is worried about growing old and has suitcases full of make-up and fur dye; the sheep turn out to be clones, laboratory-bred in England; the monkey has lost his family in the jungle and has signed up for animal testing to give his life a purpose; the sniffer dog has been living in fear after losing his sense of smell and thus his employability. Foxes Don’t Lie is a cheerful romp of a tale with a gentle moral message, while also introducing more complex ideas in a context that is recognisable and yet reassuringly fictional. (Source: New Books in German)
A hilarious story not to be missed! Please get in touch for further information.