VASCO AND THE GREEN MONSTER

VASCO EN HET GROENE MONSTER (VASCO AND THE GREEN MONSTER)

year:
2017
genre:
picture book, 32 p.
publisher:
illustrator:
Alain Verster
age:
4+


My third picture book with Alain Verster. Vasco is a pig that loves his owner: the young Matteo. Every day Vasco awaits Matteo, eager to play with him when he comes home from school. But this day Matteo says his father will bring him a gift. A gift called John. Vasco is so, so, so disappointed: will this John replace him? The other animals on the farm think it's outrageous: being replaced like thát. John becomes a monster in Vasco's head, a green monster. Until... A joyful, light story about friendship and jealousy. 

Previous books I got to make with Alain Verster: VASCO THE LITTLE SOCCER PIG and THE DOVE THAT COULDN'T DIVE.

- Prooftranslation in English is available.


SOFIE AND THE ELEPHANTS

SOFIE EN DE OLIFANTEN (SOFIE AND THE ELEPHANTS)
year:
2017
genre:
childrens book, with comic- and non-fiction-elements, 144 p.
publisher:
illustrator:
Floor de Goede (illustrations and comics)
Ype+Willem (photo-comics)
age:
8+

In this sixth book about Sofie we again combine several elements (text, illustrations on every page, comics, photo-comics, short non-fiction pieces and extra's at the end of the book). Sofies parents are abroad for work, so Sofie stays at her grandparent's house. But they have another guest as well: a grumpy old zookeeper who doesn't know what to do with himself, after his retirement. But then he starts telling the story about two baby elephants. Sofie and her best friends Timmie and Billie are mesmerized. And there is even a surprise at the end. A big surprise...

- The other volumes are called:
SOFIE EN DE PINGUÏNS (2010)
SOFIE EN HET VLIEGENDE JONGETJE (2012)
SOFIE EN HET IJSBEERTJE (2013)
SOFIE EN DE DOLFIJNEN (2014)
SOFIE EN HET GEHEIME PAARD (2015).

THE BIG AND FORBIDDEN ATTIC

DE GROTE VERBODEN ZOLDER (THE BIG AND FORBIDDEN ATTIC)
year:
2017
genre:
children's book, 200 p.
publisher:
age:
10+

Eddy is almost ten. He lives alone with his parents. One day a mysterious girl walks into his life: she's gonna stay for a few weeks, Eddy isn't told why (some problems with her family?). The girl is beautiful but very silent. Until, one night, she comes knocking at Eddy's bedroom door. She takes him to the entrance of the Big Forbidden Attic. And... as soon as she starts talking, Eddy sees what she is telling him... wonderous creatures, thrilling stories. These nights will change his life. But... no one believed they really happened. Maybe you do? 

A TRAIN FULL OF ZOMBIES

DE ZOMBIETREIN (A TRAIN FULL OF ZOMBIES)
year:
2017
genre:
poetry, 48 p.
publisher:
illustrator:
Floor de Goede
age:
8+

This is the third volume of 'comic poems': it's not an ordinary book of poetry, it's not a comic, but I wrote 22 poems and Floor made two-page-comics out of them.

- A first book full of 'comic-poetry' came out in 2008 and was called GRANDPA SHOWS HIS TOES. This book was awarded with the 'Zilveren Griffel', the Silver Slate, the offical 'best books of the year'. The second volume was made two years later and got an honoray mention for that same prize, and was awarded with the 'best comic book for youth': DRAGONS WITH PLUGS (2010).

WE ARE TIGERS!

WIJ ZIJN TIJGERS! (WE ARE TIGERS!) 
year:
2016
genre:
picture book, 40 p.
publisher:
Querido, Amsterdam
illustrators:
Ingrid & Dieter Schubert
age:
4+
rights sold:
German (Fischer Sauerländer)
Danish (Turbine)

This picture book is my second with wellknown and renowned artists Ingrid & Dieter Schubert. It's about three small animals boasting about being big and tough: 'Inside we are tigers! No, we are supertigers!' But then a real tiger comes along...

- A full English translation is available, as well as a pdf.

BULL'S EYE!

HET IS RAAK! (BULL'S EYE!) 
year:
2016
genre:
picture book, 60 p.
publisher:
illustrator:
Suzan 'T Hooft
age:
4+


This is my first book with Suzan 'T Hooft, and it's also her first book. She created a fantasticly funny, colourful and friendly universe, for this book about two bears who seem to be made for eachother - they just haven't found figured it out themselves yet. All of their friends try to convince them that love is no competition. But maybe it is - and then: what would be the best first move?

I WAS WITH THE DINOSAURS

IK BEN BIJ DE DINOSAURUSSEN GEWEEST (I WAS WITH THE DINOSAURS) 
year:
2016
genre:
picture book, 40 p.
publisher:
illustrator:
Floor de Goede 
age:
5+
awards:
Vlag en Wimpel 2017 (Honorary mention Best books for children)
rights sold: 
Danish (Turbine Forlag)

A young boy knows which book he wants to have: the one with the dinosaurs. As soon as he start reading he is in their world. He discovers well-known but also lesser known dinosaurs. But then dinner is ready. And then his family members don't seem to believe he has visited the dinosaur's world. Until...
This stunning picture book by Floor de Goede (we made the SOFIE-series together and three volumes of comic poems) shows what imagination can do. Kids will lose themselves in wide, colourful spreads of dinosaurs, and they also will have been with the dinosaurs, while reading this book.    

THE COUNTING BOOK OF PRINCE HAYO THE HAPPY

HET TELBOEK VAN PRINS HAYO DE GELUKKIGE (THE COUNTING BOOK OF PRINCE HAYO THE HAPPY) 
year:
2016
genre:
children's book, 48 p.
publisher:
illustrator:
Mattias De Leeuw
age:
6+
awards:
Die besten 7 April 2017 (Germany)
rights sold: 
German (Gerstenberg)
Korean (Picture Book Gongjackso)

After working together on DERTIEN RENNENDE HERTJES and MIJN FIJNE GELUIDENBOEKJE Mattias and I wanted to make a new, big book. Here it is. It's about Prince Hayo. We follow him from his birth to his 10th anniversary - in a wide spread we see the celebrations for each of his birthdays, and especially we learn about the presents he gets. At the same time we see him growing up, but it seems something is missing. Until he becomes 10...
Each chapter is named after the number of Hayo's birthday (one, two three et cetera) and in the big and colourful illustrations we can count lots of things. Although there is a story, this is also a book to practise early mathematics.

- Prooftranslation in English is available

SOFIE AND THE SECRET HORSE

SOFIE EN HET GEHEIME PAARD (SOFIE AND THE SECRET HORSE)
year:
2015
genre:
childrens book, with comic- and non-fiction-elements, 144 p.
publisher:
illustrator:
Floor de Goede (illustrations and comics)
Ype+Willem (photo-comics)
age:
8+

LITTLE CALF, LITTLE FOAL

KALFJE, VEULENTJE (LITTLE CALF, LITTLE FOAL)

year:
2015
genre:
picture book, 32 p.
publisher:
illustrator:
Marleen Felius
age:
4+

For years already I adore the work of artist Marleen Felius. Her work - main topic: cows and cattle - is known and valued all over the world. Her 'Cattle breeds encyclopedia' (text and images by Marleen) is a magnificent work of art and knowledge. 
Finally we found a chance and the time to work together.  The result of this is the sweet and lifelike LITTLE CALF, LITTLE FOAL.
This book has a very, very simple text, which talks about the first hours and days of a newborn calf and those of a newborn foal. The pictures show it all: the first drinking, the standing-up, the first time they see the meadow. It's almost non-fictional (because, when Marleen Felius is involved, you know that everything is true to life and no mistakes are made!), but still a small story.

- Prooftranslation in English is available

CHEER-UP BIRD

OPVROLIJKVOGELTJE (CHEER-UP BIRD)

year:
2015
genre:
picture book, 40 p.
publisher:
Lemniscaat, Rotterdam
illustrators:
Ingrid & Dieter Schubert
age:
4+
rights sold:
English (USA) (Lemniscaat)
Italian (Il Castello)
German (Fischer Sauerländer)
Turkey (Kuraldisi)

This picture book is my first with wellknown and renowned artists Ingrid & Dieter Schubert. This collabration was one I have always dreamed off - and now the book is here. It's about a cheer-up bird who takes care of all the amimals' bad moods, by shedding light and bringing hope to everyone. But: what happens at the end of the day when she is exhausted and tired herself? 

- A full English translation is available, as well as a pdf.

THE CANCERCHAMPIONSHIP FOR JUNIORS

HET KANKERKAMPIOENSCHAP VOOR JUNIOREN (THE CANCERCHAMPIONSHIP FOR JUNIORS)

year:
2015
genre:
youth novel, 220 p.
publisher:
age:
12+
awards:
Die Besten Sieben, Dezember 2016 (Germany) 
rights sold:
German (Carlsen)

This direct and moving book was written in close cooperation with Roy Looman (20). In over fourty sessions he told me his life-story. He got cancer when he was 15 years old, at a time where he was mainly playing soccer with his friends, working in a supermarket, going to school, having fun, trying to kiss as many girls as he could. The impact it had on his life and on his mind is in the book - and the story is told in a very direct, strong way. It moves from heartfelt to extremely funny (Roy has a great sense of humour), from the start of the disease to the end, and even after that - and we get to know everything, including pretty private episodes. It's amazing what Roy dared to tell, but it's part of his mission: make people aware of what cancer can do to a young mind, in a negative ánd in a positive way. I'm very proud that Roy let me use his voice for this swinging, fast-paced, but yet elaborate novel. It's certainly not a sad book, and this is proven by the first line: 'This must be the sickest game I have ever played. But I can't stand losing, so let me tell you upfront: I'm not going to die.'
 
- This book is promoted by the Dutch Literary Fund, so foreign publishers could apply for translation and production grants here.

VOTE FOR THE OKAPI

STEM OP DE OKAPI (VOTE FOR THE OKAPI)
year:
2015
genre:
non-fiction, 160 p.
publisher:
age:
8+
awards:
Woutertje Pieterse Prijs 2016 (Best book of the year)
Zilveren Griffel 2016 (Best books)
Vlag en Wimpel van de Penseeljury 2016 (Honorary mention for the illustrations)



For years it has been my favourite animal: the okapi. This animal that is shy and majestic at the same time, that was discovered only 100 years ago (in Congo), and that bears zebrastripes as well as horns - since it's the only actual familymember of the giraffe.
In this fullcolour book, that illustrator Martijn van der Linden and me have been working on for years, we present 88 reasons to take the okapi as your new preferred animal. The book has nine chapters, and each chapter is different. In the first one we describe the okapi from head to toe, in another one we follow an okapi-zookeeper for some (dramatic) years, there are chapters with just okapi-illustrations, there is one with 4 okapi-poems, there is the okapi museum, in which we collect okapi-pictures (made by many leading illustrators, especially for this book).
It's a book full of passion, it's a book that provides you with everything that there is to know about the okapi, it's funny and light, it's serious and informative, we hope we have convinced you at the end to keep an eye on the shy and majestic animals ánd people around us...

- This book is promoted by the Dutch Literary Fund, so foreign publishers could apply for translation and production grants here.
   

OLIVER

OLIVER (OLIVER)
year:
2015
genre:
young adult novel, 220 p.
publisher:
age:
15+
awards:
Gouden Lijst 2016 (Golden Frame, Best book for younth)

OLIVER is a novel about the sixteen-year old Norwegian boy Oliver Kjelsberg, two years before he will meet the Dutch Tycho Zeling - so, two years before the events descibed in my novel THE DAYS OF BLUEGRASSLOVE. 
OLIVER has great parents, it's summer holiday, he is progressing in his biggest hobby: playing football (he's a goalkeeper), and he has a best friend, Bendik, who is also his nephew. Oliver is not a talker, but does he need to be? 
Well, in this book, all of a sudden his parent's marriage collapses, and within a day some more things happen that make the world seem a whole lot different than Oliver and Bendik always had believed. How do these two boys cope with the scope of events that they are forced to face?

- This book is meant to be read separately. But it could also be seen as a prequel to THE DAYS OF BLUEGRASSLOVE and, in a way, as a sequel to OUR THIRD BODY.
THE DAYS OF BLUEGRASSLOVE slightly deals with 'love',  OUR THIRD BODY with 'friendships' and OLIVER with 'family'. But that's just an indication.

- Together with this book an updated version of the 15-year old THE DAYS OF BLUEGRASSLOVE was released.


SEEYA!

DOEI! (SEE YA!)

year:
2014
genre:
picture book, 40 p.
publisher:
illustrator:
Marije Tolman
awards:
Leespluim June 2015 (picture book of the month) 
age:
4+
rights sold:
German (Fischer Sauerländer)
Spanish (Colombia) (Editorial Monigote)


This picture book is my first collaboration with the fantastic Marije Tolman, who made the well-known THE TREEHOUSE with her father Ronald Tolman, a book she received the Bologna Ragazzi Award for. The story is about flying dreams. A girl has these happy dreams night after night, but her brother envies her. How can she get him to fly for himself?

- A full English translation by Laura Watkinson is available, as well as a pdf.
- Also a full Brazilian Portuguese translation is available, send me a mail
- This book is promoted by the Dutch Literary Fund, so foreign publishers could apply for translation and production grants here.

A PARTY FOR THE MACHINES

FEEST VOOR DE MACHINES (A PARTY FOR THE MACHINES)

year:
2014
genre:
picture book, 32 p.
publisher:
illustrator:
Liesbeth De Stercke
age:
4+
rights sold:
Danish (Turbine Forlag)
Korean (KIZM Education Group)

It's Liesbeth De Sterke's first picture book, and thus my first cooperation with her - and a very happy one. A PARTY FOR THE MACHINES is a cheerful book, about (agricultural) machines and animals, and will hopefully also appeal to boys (and girls of course!)
All the animals in this book have worked hard: Elephant has delivered concrete, Giraffe has planted potatoes, Peacock has a full trailer … So now everyone is on their way to a big party. The animals feast until they fall asleep. The machines stay behind. Suddenly the headlights switch on. The party for the machines can now begin!



- Prooftranslation in English is available

AJAX YEARBOOK FOR CHILDREN 2014/2015

AJAX KINDERJAARBOEK 2014/2015 (AJAX YEARBOOK FOR CHILDREN 2014/2015)
year:
2014
genre:
non-fiction, 80 p.
Publisher:
illustrator:
Louis van de Vuurst (photographs)
age:
10+


SUPERGUPPY IS EVERYTHING

SUPERGUPPIE IS ALLES (SUPERGUPPY IS EVERYTHING)
year:
2014
genre:
poetry, 240 p.
publisher:
illustrator:
Fleur van der Weel
age:
6+


SOFIE AND THE DOLPHINS

SOFIE EN DE DOLFIJNEN (SOFIE AND THE DOLPHINS)
year:
2014
genre:
childrens book, with comic- and non-fiction-elements, 144 p.
publisher:
illustrator:
Floor de Goede (illustrations and comics)
Ype+Willem (photo-comics)
age:
8+
rights sold:
Estonian (Päike ja Pilv)


CHRISTMAS WITH BABY

KERST MET KINDJE (CHRISTMAS WITH BABY)
year:
2013
genre:
picture book, 32 p.
publisher:
illustrator:
Merel Eyckerman
age:
6+
rights sold:
Danish (Turbine)