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)


AJAX YEARBOOK FOR CHILDREN 2013/2014

AJAX KINDERJAARBOEK 2013/2014 (AJAX YEARBOOK FOR CHILDREN 2013/2014)
year:
2013
genre:
non-fiction, 80 p.
Publisher:
illustrator:
Louis van de Vuurst (photographs)
age:
10+

From this season on I write the official Ajax Yearbook for Children. I look back to the season that was and look forward to the season that is coming. For this edition player Daley Blind wrote the preface. I interviewed many others, like for instance Siem de Jong, Viktor Fischer, Lucas Andersen, Nicolai Boilesen, Mickey van der Hart, Daphne Koster and Danny Hoesen.
There are portraits of all the other players, there are lists and reviews, there is information about the trainers et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. The numerous fullcolour pictures are by Ajax photographer Louis van de Vuurst.

SOFIE AND THE LITTLE POLAR BEAR

SOFIE EN HET IJSBEERTJE (SOFIE AND THE LITTLE POLAR BEAR)

year:
2013
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)

In this third book where we combined several elements (text, illustrations on every page, comics, photo-comics, short non-fiction pieces and extra's at the end of the book), it's not just about penguins, like the first book, but also about polar bears. Sofie, this cheerful, sweet girl, visits the zoo with her two funny friends Billie and Timmie. When they are looking at Vicks, the young polar bear at the zoo accidentely breaking his wondow (an event that really happened at the Rotterdam Zoo!), they get entangled with Vicks's whereabouts...

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

I'M CHEERING FOR YOU

IK JUICH VOOR JOU (I'M CHEERING FOR YOU)
year:
2013
genre:
poetry,  48 p.
Publisher:
illustrator:
Wolf Erlbruch
age:
10+
awards:
Golden Poetry Medal 2014 (best book of children's poetry over the last two years)
Vlag en Wimpel 2014 (Honorary mention Best books for children)
rights sold:
English (USA) (Eerdmans)

The grandmaster of German illustration, Wolf Erlbruch, made many fantastic images about animals doing sports. My Publisher asked me to write new poems to these illustration. This was a big honour for me. The poems are about losing, winning, about secrets of athletes, and there is a speech in denglish (dutch/english).

- This title was chosen as one of the ten poetry volumes to be promoted in the Dutch Poetry Week 2014 (the other 9 volumes were all for adults)
- German and English translation of the poems available

VASCO THE LITTLE SOCCER-PIG

VASCO HET VOETBALVARKENTJE (VASCO THE LITTLE SOCCER-PIG)

year:
2013
genre:
picture book, 32 p.
publisher:
illustrator:
Alain Verster
age:
6+
awards:
Nominated for the Boekenpauw 2014 (Best illustrations, Belgium, for the illustrator)
rights sold:
Chinese (mainland) (Petrel Publishing House)
Portuguese (Brazil) (Pulo do Gato)

Braziliaanse cover
My second picture book with Alain Verster, and the first of a happy, warm series about Vasco (the pig) and Matteo (the boy). Matteo gets two wonderful presents for his birthday: a soccer ball and a little pig. That pig is Vasco. Matteo and Vasco do everything together: eat, snore, watch television,… Matteo’s favorite game is soccer. Vasco doesn’t know much about soccer. But that’s not so bad: Matteo simply goes looking for real soccer-opponents. And Vasco goes along. Because that’s what you do when you’re someone’s soccer-pig.


- Prooftranslation in English is available

       

THE DOG THAT NINO DIDN'T HAVE

HET HONDJE DAT NINO NIET HAD (THE DOG NINO DIDN'T HAVE)
year:
2013
genre:
picture book, 32 p.
publisher:
illustrator:
Anton Van Hertbruggen
age:
6+
awards:
Prix Sorcières 2015 (France)
Boekenpauw 2014 (Best illustrations, Belgium, for the illustrator)
Gulden Palet 2014 (Best illustrations, Netherlands, for the illustrator)
Besten 7 August 2015 (Germany)
Silver Medal (Best books of the year, by Society of Illustrators, USA, for the illustrations)
Deutsche Jugendliteratur Preis 2016 (Germany)
rights sold:
Franse uitgave
Chinese (mainland) (Petrel Publishing House)
Danish (Turbine)
French (Didier Jeunesse)
English (USA) (Eerdmans)
German (Coppenrath Verlag - Bohem Press)
Portuguese (Brazil) (Pulo do Gato)
Korean (Jiyangsa)
Russian (Samokat)
Ukrainian (Bobrovnikova L.A.)
Turkish (Final Kültür Sanat Yayınları)
Macedonian (Ars Lamina)

Nino is the proud owner of an imaginary little dog. When he goes to the forest, the little dog he doesn’t have mimics a squirrel. When he goes to the lake, the little dog jumps fearlessly into the deep. But sometimes the little dog acts so silly, that it stands out. One day Nino doesn’t have the little dog anymore. Instead he has gotten a real little dog. This little dog doesn’t dare to climb trees. But that’s not so bad, because Nino has many imaginary animals... This is the first book of young illustrator Anton Van Hertbruggen, and immediately he won the biggest prize there is to be won in Flanders...

- Proof translation in English is available

MY HAPPY BOOK OF SOUNDS

MIJN FIJNE GELUIDENBOEKJE (MY HAPPY BOOK OF SOUNDS)
year:
2013
genre:
picture book, poetry, 64 p.
publisher:
illustrator:
Mattias De Leeuw
age:
4+
awards:
Nominated for the Golden Poetry Medal 2014

This little booklet contains fifty short and playful poems lovely sounds from everyday-life. Opening a bag of crisps, daddy’s car that’s driving up the driveway, talking under water, the wind that’s blowing in the trees,... All these sounds are part of a warm home. Mattias invented a warm, funny family of bears that accompany all the poems in just as lively, full-colour pictures.

- Proof translation in English is available.

HELLO

HALLO (HELLO)
year:
2012
genre:
picture book, 32 p.
publisher:
illustrator:
Fleur van der Weel
age:
4+
awards:
White Raven 2013

The children's book week in Holland is a big celebration of children's literature (October). The organizing foundation (CPNB) every year asks a writer to write the gift book (I got to do this in 2005), and an illustrator to make the special books-week-picture book. In 2012 Fleur van der Weel was asked. She asked me to write a text. This became HELLO: the story of a small girl looking out over her backyard, in the night, because she can't sleep. She is excited because tomorrow she will visit the zoo. In the meantime, in the zoo, the animals have all kinds of reasons to be awake too. We follow both Joni, the girl, and the animals. At the end there is a fantastic fold-out-illustration.

- A proof translation in English is available.

SOFIE AND THE FLYING BOY

SOFIE EN HET VLIEGENDE JONGETJE (SOFIE AND THE FLYING BOY)
year:
2012
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)

In this second book where we combined several elements (text, illustrations on every page, comics, photo-comics, short non-fiction pieces and extra's at the end of the book), it's not just about penguins, like the first book, but also about all kinds of flying animals. And the story is again about Sofie, this cheerful, sweet girl with her two funny friends Billie and Timmie, and the rest of her family. This time they will spend a holiday with Sofies grandparents. But when they arrive, there is Ulrik: a peculiar, nerdy little boy that seems to dislike penguins...

- The other volumes are called:
SOFIE EN DE PINGUÏNS (2010)
SOFIE EN HET IJSBEERTJE (2013)
SOFIE EN DE DOLFIJNEN (2014)
SOFIE EN HET GEHEIME PAARD (2015) -
to be continued...

THIRTEEN RUNNING DEER

DERTIEN RENNENDE HERTJES (THIRTEEN RUNNING DEER)

year:
2012
genre:
children's book, 160 p.
publisher:
illustrator:
Mattias De Leeuw
age:
8+
awards:
Nominated for the German Literature Award 2015 (Deutsche Jugendliteraturpreis)
rights sold:
Chinese (mainland) (Petrel Publishing House)
German (Gerstenberg)
Chinese (Taiwan) (Taiwan Interminds Publishing Inc.)
Korean (Lime co.)
Italian (Sinnos)

This richely illustrated book (in full colour) was my first cooperation with the young and highly talented illustrator Mattias De Leeuw. It's a magical, thrilling story, about a girl that has an enchanting encounter: one day Luna sees thirteen little running deer. They jump out of a blue vase in front of her on the table. It's the most beautiful thing she has ever seen. The little deer call her 'Duchess'. Suddenly the deer disappear again in a blue poster of the ocean. Luna wants to tell everything to mum. But her brother Ralf stops her. Ralf also saw an animal once, he tells. But when Ralf told dad, he never saw his animal again...The story culminates in a thrilling showdown between Raf ’s animal, a roaring lion, and Luna’s deer. And it turns out that Raf is also looking for confirmation that he matters and that he’s important too. 
This book came as a storm: I wrote it (in short sentences) as if I was chasing the story. Great experience!         

- The Dutch Translation Fund made a special on this book - here.
- A proof-translation in English is available.
- Also available in German audiobook-version.




SAMS MYSTERIES

DE RAADSELS VAN SAM (SAMS MYSTERIES)

year:
2012
genre:
children's book, 144 p.
Publisher:
illustrator:
Philip Hopman
age:
8+
rights sold:
German (Carlsen)
Estonian (Päike ja Pilv)
English (USA) (Eerdmans)
French (L'école des loisirs)

This second story about the beautiful dog Sam is, just as SAM SHOWED UP, based on a real dog, a real story, and real dog-owners: my brother's family in Canada. In this book the dog disappears and 9-year old Kix sets off in search of him. The book is just as dear to me as the first one. The beautiful black and white illustrations were once again made by Philip Hopman, whose pencil masters all animals and all children.

- The Dutch Translation Fund made a special on both the books about Sam - here.
- This book can be read separately, or as the follow-up book of SAM SHOWED UP.

A DOG LIKE SAM

TOEN KWAM SAM (A DOG LIKE SAM)

year:
2011
genre:
children's book, 128 p.
Publisher:
illustrator:
Philip Hopman
age:
US cover
8+
awards:
Zilveren Griffel 2012 (Silver Slate Award, best books for children)
List of best books, chosen by Estonian child care (Estonia)
rights sold:
German (Carlsen)
French (L'école des loisirs)
Estonian (Päike ja Pilv)
English (USA) (Eerdmans)
Afrikaans (Protea Boekhuis), and the other ten languages of South-Africa: Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu and African English (South African Department of Arts and Culture).

Estonian cover
This story is based on the real events that occurred when I was visiting my brother's family in Canada. This beautiful dog appeared - and it decided to stay. But it had a heartwrenching history, that urged my nephew Kix (the young main character in the book) to act, because no-one else but him could save Sam... The book is very dear to me. It got great response, together with the second volume (SAMS MYSTERIES), which belongs to this first book as a twin story. The beautiful black and white illustrations were made by Philip Hopman, whose pencil masters all animals and all children.


German cover
- The Dutch Translation Fund made a special on this book - here.
- A full professional translation in English by David Colmer is available.
- In 2012 the folllow-up to this book came out: SAMS MYSTERIES.
- The South-African Department of Arts and Culture chose this book to be translated in all eleven official languages of South-Africa and spread amongst school children in the entire country.

THE DOVE THAT COULDN'T DIVE

DE DUIF DIE NIET KON DUIKEN (THE DOVE THAT COULDN'T DIVE)
year:
2011
genre:
picture book, 32 p.
publisher:
illustrator:
Alain Verster
age:
6+
awards:
Die besten 7 Februar 2012 (Germany)
Kinder- und Jugenbuchliste SR Sommer 2012 (Germany)
LesePeter August 2012 (Germany)
Prijs Best Vormgegeven Boeken (Kind) 2012 (for the bookdesign)
rights sold:
German (Gerstenberg)
Norwegian (Cappelen Damm)
Chinese (Taiwan) (Reader Publishing)
Chinese (mainland) (Petrel Publishing House)
Danish (Turbine)
Italian (Comma 22)


Danish cover
This is the first picture book young illustrator Alain Verster and me made together. He also graduated from art school with this project. I wrote the tekst for him after having seen a big illustration with pigeons. This is the story: it's graduation day for the young doves. They have to show that they can dive down to the ground and pick up some crumbs. The father and mother pigeons are watching. Telemark is waiting for his turn in fright. He has never made a successful dive and he is sure he will fail the test... Or maybe not?

- Proof translations in English, French, Maltese, Finnish, Slovene and Estonian available.         

THE DOCTOR AND DAVY'S ARMY

DE DOKTER EN HET LEGER VAN DAVY (THE DOCTOR AND DAVY'S ARMY)
year:
2011
genre:
picture book, 32 p.
publisher:
illustrator:
Pieter Van Eenoge
age:
6+
awards:
Boekenpluim 2012, for the illustrations.
rights sold:
Korean (DDStone Publishing)

Davy doesn't feel well. He hears rumbling in his belly. The doctor says that he hears an army inside Davy. It's Davy's army that is fighting against the enemy. Davy has to rest so that the army can fight back. The army wears blue uniforms, because that's Davy's favorite colour. And there are elephants... The story is one big metaphore: the fight in Davy's stomach and the army that the doctor makes up. Illustrator Pieter Van Eenoge painted beautiful elaborate spreads.