CHILDREN’S FOREIGN RIGHTS CATALOGUE 2012
BLOOMSBURY Kinderbücher & Jugendbücher
New adventures of Fritzi the Madcap Mouse Following the success of the first two volumes on the adventures of the charming Fritzi the Madcap Mouse, Sybille Hein has put pen to paper again: This time around, the little mouse-child learns the difference between a bright and colourful mouse world and a monochrome cat world. What’s more, in the fourth volume of the series, the focus is on counting: a task which can sometimes be very difficult, especially for cats, but not for savvy little mousechildren! Sybille Hein Fritzi the Madcap Mouse 20 pages. 184 x 124 mm Board book Four-colour Illustrations Age 2 +
Born in 1970 in Wolfenbüttel, Sybille Hein ranks among the busiest illustrators of children’s books in Germany. Not just an illustrator, but an author too, she loves telling funny and crazy stories for both children and adults. Recently, she has also been designing children’s fashion and running a small shop in Berlin, where she lives with her family.
1. Loud and Quiet (Out in August 2011) 2. Big and Small (Out in August 2011) 3. Black and Bright (Out in August 2012) 4. Lots and Little (Out in August 2012)
Colourful and Roly-poly - Fantastic one-word language games which tell wonderful little stories - Clear lines in rhymes and bright colours - Entertaining pictures for some real firstbook-fun
Daniel Kratzke Strawberry Sundae 18 pages. 170 x 170 mm Board book Four-colour Illustrations Out in August 2012 Age 1 +
Daniel Kratzke Roly-poly 18 pages. 170 x 170 mm Board book Four-colour Illustrations Out in February 2012 Age 1 +
Daniel Kratzke, born 1975, studied visual communication in Krefeld and works as a graphic designer as well as author and illustrator of picture books. Roter Kreis – Himbeereis is his second board picture book.
What is courage? Rita’s swimming cap is certainly eyecatching. It’s bright red and shiny. Everyone instantly notices her in the swimming pool. Including the little boy watching her from the side of the pool. Rita stands on the three-metre diving board for a long time. Then she climbs back down the ladder. She does the same on the one-metre diving board. When the other children turn their heads to her she jumps elegantly from the side of the pool. A book that shows that it’s not always important to prove your courage through the most difficult challenges. Sometimes it’s much braver to let people see your weaknesses …
Heinz Janisch, born in Güssing/ Burgenland in 1960, is an author and journalist and lives in Vienna. He has published more than 40 books since 1989. In 2010 he was awarded the Catholic Children’s and Young Adults’ Book Prize. Ingrid Godon, born in Flanders in 1958, is an illustrator and graphic designer and lives in Lier. The picture books she has illustrated have been translated into many different languages. She is one of the bestknown international picture-book artists. Heinz Janisch / Ingrid Godon Rita 24 pages. 192 x 285 mm Four-colour Illustrations Out in March 2012 Age 4 +
How to tame the wolves Mathilda’s mother has warned her to take care of the hungry wolves, but she knows how to look after herself. Soon after her mother leaves the house, she sets a huge pot of tasty lentil soup on the hob, and when the wolves appear at her door howling “huuuungry!”, Mathilda replies with: “soup”. The wolves stuff themselves and, well-fed, they are much too sleepy to gobble up the chickens, goats, or even little Mathilda herself. Nevertheless, when she kicks them out again into the winter night, the smallest of the wolves hides under Mathilda’s bed ... A magical fairytale of a shrewd girl who learns how to tame the wolves.
Born in 1971, Kristina Andres, began her career reading History of Art and Literature, before studying painting under OlavChristopher Jenssen in Hamburg. She lives with her family in Mecklenburg. Since 2004, Andres has been working as a freelance illustrator for publishing houses both in Germany and abroad. Her works have been displayed on numerous occasions in Bologna and were most recently exhibited at the Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (BIB) in 2011.
Kristina Andres A Stomach Full of Soup, Once Upon a Time 32 pages. 274 x 245 mm Four-colour Illustrations Out in September 2012 Age 4 +
Answers to the most important questions in life – for children and adults! A philosophical fish, oh what a dish! Martin Baltscheit’s mostly cheerful underwater genius thinks plenty of thoughts about life as we know it. Even the apparently simplest of things turn out to be highly complicated on closer inspection. And Ulf K.’s eye-opening, colourful illustrations clear everything up – an unbeatable team!
Martin Baltscheit, born 1965, studied at the Folkwangschule in Essen. He is an author, illustrator and voice-over artist and lives in Düsseldorf. His picture book Die Geschichte vom Fuchs, der seinen Verstand verlor was awarded the German Young Adults’ Literature Prize in 2011. He and Ulf K. developed the popular series Der kleine Herr Paul.
The philosofish thinks in the sea, If everything was backwards, how would it be?
Ulf K., 1969, studied communication design in Essen. His comics have appeared in various magazines around the world. He was awarded the Max and Moritz Prize as best German comic artist in 2004.
The philosofish thinks in its bed, What if everything blue was red? The philosofish asks his dear wife, Was there anything here before there was life?
Martin Baltscheit / Ulf K. The Philosofish / More from the Philosofish 24 pages. 150 x 150 mm Four-colour Illustrations Out in February 2012 Age 5 +
A dream in pictures
Willy Puchner A Bunny Abroad 40 pages. 274 x 245 mm Four-colour Illustrations Out in August 2012 All Age
Billy the bunny is a red stuffed toy. But at night, he comes to life and travels around the world. He meets the smallest tiger in the universe, discovers a red starfish, flies with the gulls, speaks with some unhappy frogs and finally meets Dilly, a red she-bunny. Does this spell the end of Billy’s journey, or is it just the beginning? Willy Puchner’s wonderful picture book touches on topics which have moved the artist his entire life: hitting the road and arriving somewhere new, travelling – to new shores, to others, to oneself. A complex, playful and affectionate look at the world, with great surprises in store for both children and adults.
Willy Puchner was born in 1952 in Austria. He attended the Austrian Federal Education and Research Institute for Graphics in Vienna, worked as a teacher and then went on to study Philosophy, History and Sociology. Puchner has published numerous books including Die Sehnsucht der Pinguine (1992), Tagebuch der Natur (2001), and most recently Willy Puchners Welt der Farben (2011). Puchner has been a regular contributor to the FAZ newspaper and to a number of exhibitions both in Germany and abroad.
★ A Patchwork-Family at Christmas ★
Now that the robber family and the princess family have finally found a way to get along with each other, they are facing their biggest challenge: celebrating Christmas together. With all the different habits and expectations this causes quite a splash. But in the end some fresh impetus will never do any harm to every Christmas party … Like in her first book Wann gehen die wieder? Ute Krause presents the subject of patchwork families in a very emphatic and humerous way and shows that besides the problems there are always new chances and opportunities.
Ute Krause was born in Berlin in 1960 and spent her childhood in India und Africa. She studied at the Academy of Arts in Berlin as well as Film and Media in Munich. Since then she illustrated more than 200 children’s books for which she was rewarded numerous times. She and her family live in Berlin. Ute Krause When are they Leaving? 32 pages. 198 x 209 mm Hardcover Four-colour Illustrations Out in September 2010 Age 4 + Sold to: Korea, Spain, The Netherlands
Ute Krause Patchwork Family at Christmas 50 pages. 198 x 209 mm Hardcover Four-colour Illustrations Out in September 2012 Age 4 +
A perfect Christmas book for all families.
★ Merry Christmas Books ★
Franziska Biermann Jingle Bells An illustrated musical advent calendar 64 pages. 297 x 210 mm Hardcover with CD Four-colour Illustrations Out in October 2007 Age 2 +
Ute Krause The Santa Claus Conspiracy 32 pages. 245 x 274 mm Hardcover Four-colour Illustrations Out in October 2008 Age 4 + Sold to: Romania, Lebanon
Wolfdietrich Schnurre The Best Gifts in the World Illustrated by Wolfdietrich Schnurre 32 pages. 239 x 300 mm Hardcover Four-colour Illustrations Out in October 2010 Age 4 +
★ One hot day in August, when Grandma calls in the middle of summer as usual to ask what the family want for Christmas, Mum has had just about enough. ‘We’re celebrating on our own this year!’ she decides. Paul imagines Christmas will be rather … lonely. But it probably has a lot of upsides too. For example, they won’t have to eat Grandma’s herring salad. But then one day, Paul’s little sister Frida comes home from school very upset. Apparently there’s no such thing as Santa; he and his reindeer are all made-up. Paul can only see one way to cheer up his little sister – he has to prove that Santa exists. But it’s not at all easy finding people to support his project...
Silke Lambeck The Santa Project Illustrated by Regina Kehn 250 pages. 123 x 204 mm Hardcover Four-colour Illustrations Out in October 2011 Age 8 +
The fox who lost his mind
Martin Baltscheit The Fox who lost his Mind 24 pages. 280 x 190 mm Four-colour Illustrations Out in September 2010 Age 4 + Sold to: Spain, France, Korea, China, Taiwan
As the good-looking young fox gets older and older he forgets more and more. What was that hunting thing again? And who are those geese anyway? Martin Baltscheit tells a warm-hearted and loving story about getting older. We’re not alone in the world, and we have to stick together. Nobody knows that better than the old fox now that he’s getting on a bit. He generously passes on his wisdom and many a survival tip to the young foxes – how to get away from hunting hounds with the aid of a straw or how to set a trap for goats. But one day the fox begins to forget some of the things he needs to survive. The sly redhead can’t find his way around any more in the world that was once his. But that doesn’t matter; now the young foxes are there for him – thank goodness he taught them all he knew …
Martin Baltscheit , born 1965, studied at the Folkwangschule in Essen. He is an author, illustrator and voice-over artist and lives in Düsseldorf.
GERMAN YOUNG ADULT’S LITERATURE AWARD 2011
»Baltscheit presents the subject of dementia vividly, with even as much sensitivity as a great deal of humor. The perfectly-conceived design convinces as well as the story in its density, intensity and its reconciliatory ending.« Jury of the German Adult´s Literature Award 2011
What’s going on under the night blanket?
Renate Habinger / Michaela Hampala 4 x 4 Tales of the Night Blanket, Jam Sandwiches and Other Important Things 112 pages. 163 x 223 mm Hardcover Out in September 2012 Age 8 +
Towards evening, there is always a strange sort of clicking sound to be heard. Is that someone cracking nuts open? No, it’s the sound of knitting needles! After all, the night blanket is always being knitted. Beautiful new colours, dreams and exciting stories are constantly being added: The pit pony hobbles along on three legs, pulling a trolley behind it and befriending everyone it meets. Ouch is forever trying to help others, but always manages to bump into things – he’s covered in plasters from head to toe. Shuffler keeps himself busy sorting, labelling and clearing up here and there. Rotto does his best to keep the gang together and Eleonore, the feathered librarian, is the first port-of-call for requests of all kinds. A lovely knitted universe full of tenderly created figures.
Born in 1957, Renate Habinger studied to be a graphic designer at the Higher Technical College of Graphic Arts in Vienna. Since 1975, she has been working freelance as a graphic artist and illustrator, and has created countless books for both children and adults. In 1997, she is a repeated winner of the Austrian State Prize for Children’s and Youth Literature and the Children’s Book Award of the City of Vienna. Michaela Hampala works as a trainer in the field of youth and adult education. She lives in Graz.
Ship ahoy! Pirates in private What child doesn’t dream of being on board a pirate ship? Kasimir sails with the pirates across the oceans – and gets to know the stormy life at sea. On a walk by the coast one morning, Kasimir hurts himself climbing on the rocks. When he next opens his eyes on the ground, a mighty pirate ship is swaying on the waves directly before him. The bearded men rescue him and take him on board – and a more than adventurous journey begins …
Elke Schmitter has written her first children’s book, her passion for classic adventure literature shining through impressively. Rotraut Susanne Berner has brought to life the pirates and Kasimir on the page – an all-round exciting adventure for all the pirates in the world, and all those who have always wanted to be one. Elke Schmitter and Rotraut Susanne Berner sail together under the skull and crossbones – pen and paintbrush producing a truly well-rounded book. Rotraut Susanne Berner was born 1948 in Stuttgart and is one of the most famous illustrators in Germany. 2006 she was awarded the German Young adults prize for her lifework.
Elke Schmitter / Rotraut Susanne Berner I, Kasimir – On Board the Pirate Ship 160 pages. 163 x 223 mm Hardcover Out in March 2012 Age 6 +
A hero right out of a book Frome is short, not all that strong and dressed like his father, a tight-lipped shoe salesman. But his head is full of wild thoughts, amazing words, dreams of adventures and shaggy dogs. When Frome finds a strange egg and accidentally incubates it in his pocket, it feels like his life might be getting a tad more exciting. The gang of small, curious creatures that one day hatch out turn pretty much everything upside down, showing Frome that sometimes it’s much better to do than to dream ... »Frome, you Gnome is a must-have for every children´s bookshelf.« Der Tagesspiegel
Finn-Ole Heinrich, born in 1982, grew up near Hamburg and studied Film in Hanover up to 2008. He is now a writer and lives in Hamburg. Rán Flygenring, born in Iceland in 1987, is a graphic designer and illustrator. She has won numerous prizes for her creative work, with her art on show at international exhibitions. »The really big heroes of children´s literature do not give a damn about rules, values and the system as such. Finn-Ole Heinrich, author, and Rán Flygenring, painter, add to that phalanx of heroes a handful of gnomes. What both of them create with the protagonist and his room can only be called a punk festival par excellence.« Süddeutsche Zeitung
Finn-Ole Heinrich Frome, You Gnome Illustrated by Rán Flygenring 84 pages. 162 x 223 mm Hardcover Four-colour Illustrations Out in August 2011 Age 6 + Sold to: Korea
Unbelievably hair-raising adventure stories
Kai Lüftner The Milk Pirates Illustrated by Judith Drews 96 pages. 123 x 204 mm Hardcover Out in August 2012 Age 6 +
A parent-free zone and the start of the holidays – for chief milk pirates Matz and Bruno, this means just one thing: a party! However, their party leads to flurry of misadventures, causing much trouble. What’s more, in the middle of all this chaos, Grandma Hertha pays a visit, just to keep an eye on things. Can the milk pirates rescue themselves from this mess? For loud-mouthed tykes, nose-pickers, mucky pups, fidgets, food-fighters, graffiti artists, bogey flickers, chair tippers, gap-toothed whistlers – and anyone else, really. Even girls.
Born in 1975 in Berlin, Kai Lüftner studied social pedagogy and has made a living as a street worker, cabaret artist, solo entertainer, social worker, pizza delivery man, doorman, copywriter, comedy author, musician and radio editor. Today, he earns his money working as an audio book editor and producer, a copywriter for numerous comedians and actors, and an author of books for children and young adults. He also runs a café with his wife in Berlin. Judith Drews studied illustration in Hamburg. Her works have been awarded several prizes, among others by the 3x3 Magazine and the Stiftung Buchkunst.
Stop that thief! The police are faced with a real puzzle: How on earth did this thief manage to disappear with a painting from a highly secured museum? Experienced detective Lord Huber and his clever sidekick Mr. Jaromir are called in for assistance. In their search for the culprit they come across counterfeit artists, receive a threatening letter and spend a night hiding in the museum. But this likable detective team doesn’t let anything ruffle their feathers that easily. A new thrilling case for this captivating detective team. Heinz Janisch / Ute Krause Mr. Jaromir and the Master Thief Illustrated by Ute Krause 96 pages. 135 x 215 mm Two-colour Illustrations Hardcover Out in April 2012 Age 8 +
Heinz Janisch, born in 1960 in Güssing, Austria, is a journalist and author and works for the Austrian Broadcasting Service. His first children’s book came out in 1989, since then a lot of his books have won awards, among others the Bologna Ragazzi Award and the Austrian State Award for Children’s Poetry. He lives in Vienna and the Burgenland. Heinz Janisch / Ute Krause Mister Jaromir and the Stolen Jewels Illustrated by Ute Krause 80 pages. 123 x 204 mm Two-colour Illustrations Hardcover Out in September 2011 Age 8 +
Not like other children Jan’s sister Lisa is not like other children. She screams out loud if she doesn’t get tortellini with spinach and ricotta filling and she never stops jangling her key-ring. Everything always has to be in its proper place in her room and you can only sit in one place when you pay her a visit. Jan’s not quite sure himself whether he really likes Lisa. But he has to protect her. And he has to defend her against the rest of the world – his friends, the neighbours, and even his own parents. His mum and dad can’t always cope with Lisa. Especially Mum. It’s often all too much for her. And then Jan is scared she’ll run away. But the thing is, it’s not hard at all to find out what Lisa really wants – or at least Jan always knows exactly what it is. A touching story on the subject of autism.
Bettina Obrecht was born in Lörrach in 1964. She spent several years living in South America and studied Spanish and English in Heidelberg. She now lives in Gießen and works as a freelance writer and translator. Bettina Obrecht Isolated 288 pages. 123 x 204 mm Out in August 2006 Age 14 + Sold to: Japan
Bettina Obrecht Sputnik Illustrated by Sabine Kranz 120 pages. 123 x 204 mm Out in September 2010 Age 8 + Sold to: Spain
Bettina Obrecht Matchstick Castles 120 pages. 123 x 204 mm Hardcover Out in March 2012 Age 10 +
Henry and his father’s white house A white house on a postcard. It has a door and two windows at the front, and nothing but sand all around it. There’s no return address on the back of the card. In fact, all that’s been written are the words: “I’m doing well. Father.” His father left him nothing but this postcard. And Henry’s mother can’t tell him anything either; all his parents ever did was fight, anyway. But Henry’s father had told him about the bird island − that the island was located downriver, and that he wanted to go there in the new canoe that he had built himself. As the summer holidays begin, Henry and his friend Paul load up their boat and wave farewell to everyone standing on the riverbank. For Henry, a journey has begun on which he will find far more than he was originally looking for. A captivating and touching story of a boy’s search for his father.
Werner Heickmann was born in Lingen, Emsland. He has been working as a teacher and lives near Bremen. This is his first novel.
Werner Heickmann The Bird Island 128 pages. 123 x 204 mm Hardcover Out in August 2012 Age 10 +
When wishful thinking becomes reality
Martina Wildner Something Isn’t Right 180 pages. 123 x 204 mm Hardcover Out in September 2012 Age 12 +
Gregor is 12 and has a little sister who bugs him, problems with his father and trouble with the 114 Gang in his street. Nothing out of the ordinary for a boy his age. But one day, whilst supervising his sister at the playground, he meets a girl who seems to have come from some kind of time warp. She speaks in strange, antiquated German, is dressed like one of his Grandmother’s old dolls and is somehow quite peculiar. Gregor’s curiosity is aroused. Soon, Gregor notices that something’s not quite right with the rest of his life either: he inherits a curious bequest from an old neighbour, objects disappear without a trace from the playground and, all at once, the things that he has wished for the most begin happening as if by magic. An exciting thought experiment becomes real.
Martina Wildner, born 1968 in Allgäu, has studied islamic studies and graphic design. She lives as a free painter and writer in Berlin and has already published numerous children’s books. In 2003 she was awarded the Peter-Härtling-Prize. Martina Wildner Michelle’s Mistakes 288 pages. 135 x 215 mm Hardcover Out in August 2006 Age 14 + Sold to: Japan
Martina Wildner Murus 416 pages. 135 x 215 mm Black/White Illustrations Hardcover Out in March 2008 Age 12 + Sold to: Kores, Czech Republic
Suspense and mystery at the highest level
Antje Wagner Hour of Fog (Working title) 300 pages. 135 x 215 mm Hardcover Out in September 2012 Age 14 +
Kora is locked up behind bars. Her name is actually Viktoria, but she has put that old life behind her now. That is, until she receives a mysterious anonymous letter. How does the sender know her new name; a name which she has been keeping a secret? Alissa only nodded off for a moment, but when she wakes she finds that everything has changed. Her friends have vanished without a trace, and when she tries to phone the police the line is dead. Kora. Alissa. Leon. Tamara. Hannes. They are all just struggling though life until, suddenly, everything around them stands still. Why them, of all people? Little by little, they begin to realise that they are connected to each other in a very curious way. A gripping thriller for young adults.
Born in 1974 in Wittenberg, Germany, Antje Wagner studied German and American literature and cultural studies. She writes novels and stories, and also translates texts from English into German. Wagner has already won numerous scholarships and literary prizes. To date, Bloomsbury has published her award-winning novels Unland and Schattengesicht. Antje Wagner Unland 300 pages. 123 x 204 mm Hardcover Out in August 2009 Age 14 +
Be aware of right-wing radicalism! Ben lives with his aunt in a village in East Germany. There’s nothing to do there and he wants to get away from it all, just like everybody else. But suddenly there’s life in the village: Three families move into the old farmhouse and fix it up. They have Old-German names, bring a new sense of community to the village and welcome Ben with open arms. Ben is fascinated by Reinhold, the leader, and wants to impress him. So, he befriends the twins Konrad and Gunter and spends his free time roaming around with the two boys and practicing shooting exercises. When they plan an attack, Ben begins to have second thoughts and turns to Ansgar, an artist living on the outskirts of the village. But, as it turns out, even he is in great danger.
Daniel Höra, born in Hanover, has worked as a removal man, a geriatric nurse, a taxi driver and a television editor. He is now a freelance writer in Berlin. Bloomsbury K&J published his first young adult title Gedisst in 2009. Daniel Höra The End of the World 384 pages. 123 x 204 mm Hardcover Out in September 2011 Age 14 +
Daniel Höra Dissed 240 pages. 123 x 204 mm Paperback Out in February 2009 Age 14 +
Daniel Höra Brown Soil 220 pages. 117 x 187 mm Paperback Out in xxx 2012 Age 14 +
Same Same But Different* * Thai-English saying
Despite our multicultural cities, globalization and the internet, people still live in different cultures and all of them have their own rules. But this cultural diversity is also a treasure chest for humankind, showing us how many possibilities there are. Wolfgang Korn takes us on a trip through the different cultures, providing insight into ethnological research, and we learn: It’s perfectly normal to be different. Wolfgang Korn is a science journalist and author and lives in Hanover. He writes for newspapers and magazines (including GEO and Die Zeit) and has published several non-fiction books for young adults.
JUNIOR’S SCIENCE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2009 WHITE RAVENS 2009 Wolfgang Korn My Red Fleece Jacket 192 pages. 123 x 204 mm Hardcover Two-colour Illustrations Out in August 2008 Age 12 + Sold to: Spain, Greece, Korea, China, Egypt (Arabic language), Brazil
Wolfgang Korn Tomorrow’s Big Star A Small Story about the Big World of the Media 176 pages. 135 x 215 mm Hardcover Two-colour Illustrations Wolfgang Korn Out in September 2010 What’s Normal? Age 12 + Small Stories about Human Diversity Sold to: Korea
Illustrated by Christoph Mett 176 pages. 135 x 215 mm Hardcover Two-colour Illustrations Out in September 2011 Age 10 +
Zoran Drvenkar JanBenMax Illustrated by Tine Schwarz 208 pages. 123 x 204 mm Out in September 2008 Age 6 + Sold to: Korea
Victor Caspak / Yves Lanois The Return of the »Short Ones« Illustrated by Ole Könnecke 430 pages. 135 x 185 mm Out in August 2006 Age 10 + Sold to: Japan
Silke Lambeck Mr. Röslein Illustrated by Karsten Teich 128 pages. 123 x 204 mm Hardcover Two-colour Illustrations Out in February 2007 Age 6+ Sold to: France, Korea, Spain, Romania, Turkey
Zoran Drvenkar Paula and the Lightness of Being Illustrated by Peter Schössow 96 pages. 123 x 204 mm Out in March 2007 Age 8 + Sold to: Korea, Spain
Silke Lambeck The Return of Mr Röslein Illustrated by Karsten Teich 160 pages. 123 x 204 mm Hardcover Two-colour Illustrations Out in February 2008 Age 6 + Sold to: Spain, Romania, Turkey, Korea, France
Martina Wildner Twin Trouble Twice Over Illustrated by Martina Wildner 120 pages. 123 x 204 mm Out in February 2010 Age 8 + Sold to: Spain
Silke Lambeck Where is Mister Röslein? Illustrated by Karsten Teich Ca. 150 pages. 135 x 215 mm Hardcover Two-colour Illustrations Out in September 2010 Age 6 + Sold to: Spain
Katja Henkel Rosa Rabenstein. 1 new message 268 pages. 123 x 204 mm Hardcover Out in February 2011 Age 8 +
Katja Henkel Heaven Can Wait! Illustrated by Sybille Hein 144 pages. 123 x 204 mm Out in October 2005 Age 6 + Sold to: Italy, Spain, Korea, France
Katja Henkel Lina’s Smile Illustrated by Sybille Hein 288 pages. 123 x 204 mm Out in September 2007 Age 10 + Sold to: France, Spain
Jan Peter Bremer Prick Up Your Ears Illustrated by Vitali Konstantinov 120 pages. 123 x 204 mm Out in February 2010 Age 6 +
Gila Lustiger Mr Grinberg & Co. A Story about Happiness Illustrated by Vitali Konstantinov 160 pages. 123 x 204 mm Hardcover Two-colour Illustrations Out in March 2008 Age 10 + Sold to: Korea
Andreas Schendel Virág – Or When the World Slips and Shifts 96 pages. 123 x 204 mm Hardcover With four-colour Polaroid photos by Anne-Theresa Wittmann Out in February 2010 Age 10 +
Ulrich Renz Motte & Co. on the Tracks of the Blackmailers 160 pages. 123 x 204 mm Out in October 2007 Age 12 +
Ulrich Renz Motte & Co on the Hunt for Giant Blue 160 pages. 123 x 204 mm Hardcover Out in July 2008 Age 10 +
Nasrin Siege The Pirates of Libertalia 304 pages. 135 x 215 mm Hardcover Out in February 2009 Age 12 +
Zoran Drvenkar Zarah. You Aren’t Afraid, Are You? Illustrated by Martin Baltscheit 72 pages. 209 x 198 mm. Out in August 2007 Age 6 + Sold to: Spain, Korea
Gert Scobel Niklas Illustrated by Ayano Imai 40 pages. 165 x 200 mm Out in October 2008 Age 6 +
The materials we use to forge our world Hard and soft, gleaming silver or blazing hot – the world of metals is full of secrets, it is varied and contradictory. Metals conduct electricity, have magnetic properties and can even be radioactive. Of the 92 chemical elements found in nature, 67 of them are metals. In the early history of the human race, man began using metal to make all of the tools that would bring him power. And even today, demand for exclusive natural resources such as ‘rare earths’ is growing. Without these, we would have no microelectronics. Following the first volume on wood, this book goes underground into old mines, it takes a look at the casting of a bell and marvels at jewellery and sculptures, it ducks down under cannon fire, welds a joint, observes the international market for raw materials and is worth its weight in gold on the financial market.
Reinhard Osteroth works as a freelance author and journalist in Berlin, he regularly writes for Die ZEIT. Moidi Kretschmann studied at the University of Arts and Industrial Design in Linz, Austria. Today she is a freelance illustrator and lives in Vienna. Reinhard Osteroth Wood The Stuff that holds our World in Place Illustrated by Moidi Kretschmann 176 pages. 170 x 215 mm Hardcover. Numerous photos and Illustrations Out in September 2011 Age 12 +
Reinhard Osteroth Metal The Stuff that holds our World in Place Illustrated by Moidi Kretschmann 176 pages. 170 x 215 mm Hardcover. Numerous photos and Illustrations Out in September 2012 Age 12 +
‘I remember very well what it was like to be a child.’ Katrin Hahnemann Who Is… Mahatma Gandhi? Illustrated by Uwe Mayer 112 pages. 170 x 215 mm Hardcover. Photos and two-colour Illustrations Out in March 2008 Age 8 + Sold to: Korea Who Is… Charles Darwin? Illustrated by Uwe Mayer 104 pages. 170 x 215 mm Hardcover Photos and two-colour Illustrations Out in February 2009 Age 8 + Sold to: Korea, Turkey Who Is… Martin Luther King? Illustrated by Uwe Mayer 112 pages. 170 x 215 mm Hardcover. Photos and two-colour Illustrations Out in February 2010 Age 8 + Sold to: Korea Who Is… Jane Goodall? Illustrated by Uwe Mayer 112 pages. 170 x 215 mm Hardcover. Photos and two-colour Illustrations Out in February 2010 Age 8 + Sold to: Korea
Astrid Lindgren – everyone knows her books, and she means a great deal to children all over the world. Katrin Hahnemann describes the life of a woman who enchanted readers with her books, but was also a fighter and a role model for many. She certainly didn’t have a picture-book life. It started with an idyllic childhood like in her Bullerbu books, but then Astrid Lindgren had to get by as a single mother. She married but carried on working – and she began to write. Her books went on to alter the image of childhood in the twentieth century. She helped children to be treated with respect. She invented cheeky and non-conformist characters, who are brave and strong but also weak and scared, who fight great battles and win – without the help of adults. UPCOMING: Who Is ... Neil Armstrong?
Katrin Hahnemann Who Is… Astrid Lindgren? Illustrated by Uwe Mayer 112 pages. 170 x 215 mm Hardcover. Photos and two-colour Illustrations Out in March 2011 Age 8 + Sold to: Korea
From mathematical bees to democratic gazelles
Roland Knauer / Kerstin Viering
The Animal in You An expedition to find our connection to the animals Illustrated by Antje von Stemm 224 pages. 135 x 215 mm Hardcover Out in April 2012 Age 10 +
Scientists have discovered that some animals are capable of performing a wide range of skills which we have long believed only humans were able to do. Who would have thought that bees can count? And although crabs aren’t exactly thought of as high achievers, they are still capable of forging political alliances. Elephants recognise themselves in the mirror, gazelles live according to democratic rules, and whales speak complicated languages in dialects as different as German and Chinese. So, we’re not quite as unique as we think. The Animal in You explains everything you could want to know about the amazing behaviour of animals – and how close they are to us because of this.
Roland Knauer and Kerstin Viering work as scientific journalists for a number of big daily newspapers (such as the German papers FAZ and Berliner Zeitung) and radio stations. Working as a team, the two authors have thus far published more than ten non-fiction books, not to mention numerous contributions to encyclopaedias, research institutes and nature conservation groups. Roland Knauer / Kerstin Viering Upward Tendency The book about weather and the climate 224 pages. 123 x 204 mm Hardcover Two-colour Illustrations Out in September 2010 Age 12 + Sold to: Korea
Richard Wagner superstar?
Iris Winkler Richard Wagner and the Magic of the Music 176 pages.123 x 204 mm Numerous photos and Illustrations Out in September 2012 Age 12 +
He was a reckless megalomaniac, yet his contemporaries lauded him as a superstar and, what’s more, he continues to be regarded as one of the greatest German musical geniuses today. Why did some people find Richard Wagner so exciting whilst others so vigorously opposed him? What is it that has allowed him to maintain his fascination to this day? In the beginning, he was a revolutionary; later, a friend of the king. Wagner persistently transcended boundaries – both in his life, and in his art. With his operas, he was not only able to establish dynamic fantasy worlds, but also deliberately break existing rules in the field of music and create sounds which, at the time, were highly unusual and unashamedly provocative.
This book invites the reader to discover more about one of the most brilliant and contradictory artists in the history of music. Iris Winkler, born in 1969, studied literature and music education. She has worked as an assistant director for theaters and operas. Since 2003 she works as music theater educator, amongst others for the Berlin State Opera. Wagner’s 200th birthday on 22 May 2013. In cooperation with the Berlin State Opera; preface by Daniel Barenboim
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Peter Braun Tin Drummers and Whistle Blowers 176 pages. 135 x 215 mm Hardcover Two-colour Illustrations Out in February 2010 Age 12 +
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