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.
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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.
Another highlight by our favourite Katrin Zipse!
A dark, literary young adult novel, The Checksum of Love is the haunting tale of a teenager who finds her first love as she tries to unravel the mystery of her father’s death. Fifteen-year-old Luzie lives with her mother and her half-brother in a town close to the Karwendel mountains. Her father, a painter, died in a mountaineering accident in the Alps when she was five. Her mother is preoccupied with her new boyfriend, leaving Luzie feeling unloved and alone. Desperately looking for stability and predictability in her life, Luzie calculates the totals of dates or random numbers she encounters: even numbers predict a good day and odd numbers a bad day. Luzie is beset by hazy memories of her past but tries to fight the flashbacks. Luzie senses that there is more to her father’s death than meets the eye; her mother shuts Luzie’s questions down but she has to know what happened. In the course of her investigations she embarks on a life-changing relationship with her first love and reveals some uncomfortable family truths. The Checksum of Love is a fast-paced, suspenseful narrative which will have readers on the edge of their seats. (Source: New Books in German)
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The village is in uproar: it’s just before Christmas and Leonie the little cat has disappeared! Her sister goes out to look for her, together with her friends. Fortunately there are lots of clues on the large pages and behind the numerous flaps about where Leonie might be hiding. And when little readers help too, they’ll definitely be able to find Leonie together…
This beautiful illustrated large format board book with 24 flaps is the perfect gift! Maria Karipidou did a brilliant job as usual and her artwork is very appealing to international markets. Magellan Verlag has a number of titles available in this format. Please get in touch for further details.
As every year Frankfurt has been crazy busy, interesting, exciting and full with lovely people! I will soon present some highlights here, but first of all some big news:
Magellan Verlag launched a mini trailer for their incredible successful series ‘DIE HAFERHORDE‘ (The Oat gang) at the fair which can now be viewed online as well. Follow the link below and have a look! It’s hilarious!
More details: Have a look here or get in touch!
Magellan has signed up an exciting new talent and published two tiles already with more to come!
SPOT THE ODD ONE OUT by Nastja Holtfreter
A series of look and find books for the very young where children have to spot the odd one one, full of imagination. A playful way to discover the world. As an extra treat Magellan also publishes a Maxi-Memo game for each topic!
Something isn’t right here – strange creatures keep appearing in the forest and in the sea, and at the farm and in the mountains. Seahorses don’t have four legs, do they? And aren’t racoons’ tails supposed to be stripy, not spotty? It’s up to the little observer to find all the mistakes. There’s a different puzzle to solve on every page and something to learn about nature at the same time.
The migrant and refugee situation in Europe has become a very important and strong topic and it is key for children to get some kind of understanding what is going on and if possible get an insight into the mind of a child who is in this horrible situation and what it means to them and their family.
MY FRIEND SALIM by Uticha Marmon (by the German publisher Magellan Verlag, published in summer 2015) is a book which describes the friendship of a brother and a sister with a young boy from Syria. He just arrived and doesn’t speak their language, but somehow they become best friends and the two try to help him get through being homeless, alone and unwanted by many. It’s an emotional, eye-opening and at the same time funny story about friendship. The title has just been voted in the top titles about refugees and migrants for children. Please follow the link below to the full list and just let me know if you are interested in further details.
Migrants and refugees in German children’s literature