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Lemniscaat Ltd. Spring 2017


About Lemniscaat Lemniscaat is one of the oldest and best known children’s book publishers in Holland. Founded in  by the parents of the current publisher, and still independent today, Lemniscaat represents a unique, high-quality list of authors and illustrators. The Personal Touch Lemniscaat is a small, warm-hearted company, where editors, designers, representatives and promotional staff work closely together; where every talent is guided in a personal way; where authors and illustrators are invited to visit the publisher’s home – a converted farmhouse – and have dinner at his kitchen table. The Soul of Lemniscaat Picture books, fairy tales, children’s books, novels… even tactile picture books for the blind. What connects the Lemniscaat titles are a passion for real-life people – authors, illustrators and readers – and the belief that books can contribute to a better world. A book can earn its place at Lemniscaat only if it is unique, if it creates a world of its own. A world of vibrant, vivid colours, painted with lines and colours in picture books, or painted in words in children’s books or young-adult fiction. A world where there’s no shying away from burdensome topics, but where a spirit of humour and the ability to put things in perspective leave the reader with a contented feeling – whether the response has been laughter, tears, or both. In short: a World of Wonder. Our list With all this in mind, Lemniscaat publishes a rich and internationally appealing collection. Award-winning fiction and picture books reflect the colourful and inspiring international heritage the Dutch, at the crossroads of Europe, are famous for – a strong list of beautiful and engaging books for all ages. Great artists as Van Gogh, Seurat, Vermeer, Mirò and Picasso inspire our illustrators. Through picture books, Lemniscaat opens the doors to this enchanting and rich European culture. The wide variety of authors and illustrators published at Lemniscaat win awards nationally and internationally for the quality of their work. Lemniscaat International Lemniscaat is an internationally established publisher, selling rights to a broad range of publishers worldwide and buying rights from all over the world. Over the years, unique publishing relationships have been established to enable the Lemniscaat list to transcend borders. Lemniscaat has its own list in the Netherlands, China, Italy, the  and the .


Mies van Hout

Happy

‘... a delightful amuse-bouche of a book, and an aquatic introduction to everyday emotions.’ – Publishers Weekly, starred review ‘Happy is a kaleidoscope of emotional colors splashed on a black canvas of solidarity.’ –NY Journal of Books

Clear, strong lines and radiant colours which seem to smile at the reader, characterise Mies van Hout’s drawings. In Happy, Mies shows all the emotions a young child encounters. Each double-page spread is devoted to one fish, showing a particular emotion with its name in lettering that expresses the same feeling. Swim into Happy, where the dazzling fish sparkle against the dark background and let the images spark laughter and empathy.

Nominated for the Deutsche Jugendliteraturpreis 2013

The fish stand out in vibrant colours, showing a spectrum of emotions – from happy to sad, from angry to surprised – for the youngest book lovers to discover Mies van Hout (b. 1962) studied at the Arts Academy in Groningen, where she majored in graphic design. She has been working as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer since 1989. Her illustrations are cheerful and witty, painted skillful and distinctive. Mies van Hout’s work has been published in more than twenty countries. www.miesvanhout.nl 5

ISBN: 978 17 880 7000 3 | Binding: Hardback | Trim size: 26.2 x 21 cm | Extent: 48 pages | Age: 4+ | Price: £ 10.95 Publication date: March 2017


Marije Tolman & Ronald Tolman

The Tree House

Pure picture-book magic

A polar bear rides a whale to a tree rising out of the water. At the top of the tree is a tree house. He’s joined by a brown bear in a boat. The bears find that the tree house is the perfect place to read. When the water recedes, they are joined by flamingos, panda bears, and other animals that arrive by land and through the air. The tree house is a place of wonder, where a brown bear catches snowflakes in a butterfly net. Artists Marije Tolman and her father, Ronald Tolman, bring their unique vision to this astonishing wordless picture book, in which each spread is a work of art.

Winner of the Bologna Ragazzi Award 2010

‘The Tree House is a wise, clear, even poetic, example of how an established topos of the collective imagination may be revisited with a fresh eye to reveal a continued relevance to modern times. ... The book’s message is not declaimed, but is conveyed quietly. It pleads for an enlightened ecological stance in which an intense awareness that we are part of nature does not forego our need for elegance and intellectual enquiry.’ – Jury of the Ragazzi Award

Marije Tolman (b. 1976) graduated in Graphic and Typographic Design at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. She studied illustration and design at the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland. The daughter of an artist, Marije has a natural eye for colour, for beauty, for subtlety. She knows how to paint delicate details without losing the overall perspective. www.MARIJETOLMAN.NL Ronald Tolman (b. 1948) is a sculptor, painter and graphic artist. He is inspired by everyday reality, but also by illustrious predecessors. He looks for lines that interconnect between past, present and future. The doings of the ‘human species’ are a common thread throughout his oeuvre. www.RONALDTOLMAN.NL 7

ISBN: 978 17 880 7001 0 | Binding: Hardback | Trim size: 24.8 x 33.4 cm | Extent: 36 pages | Age: 3+ | Price: £ 11.95 Publication date: March 2017


Tjibbe Veldkamp & Philip Hopman

Tom the Tamer

Creative problemsolving at its finest

Tom’s father is so afraid of animals – even snails and butterflies scare him – that he won’t come out of the house. Tom decides to take drastic measures. First, he trains a polar bear and sneaks it into the house. Then he smuggles in a tiger, a squid, a tortoise, a snake, two peacocks, three hippos and a small flock of flamingos. His father doesn’t seem to notice, but what will happen when he does?

‘… it can be hugely satisfying, reassuring even, to see Mom shriek at the sight of a mouse or Dad throw a tantrum over a traffic jam. ‘Tom the Tamer’ … expands this notion into an inventive, absurdist fantasy about a fearless young boy and his trepidatious dad ... Hopman’s exuberant pen-and-ink drawings, cheerfully enhanced by washes of warm watercolor paints, bring plenty of humorous motion and detail. … Happiness is an ‘I told you so’ story when the tables are turned.’ – New York Times Book Review ‘… the episodes recall gentler moments from Roald Dahl or Russell Hoban. Similarly, Hopman’s illustrations are first cousin to Quentin Blake’s, full of fanciful color and a jumble of imagined detail.’ – Publishers Weekly

Tjibbe Veldkamp (b. 1962) was working in psychology when he read an English children’s book and discovered that he wanted to be a writer. He took part in a story competition and won. Veldkamp is now known as a champion of the picture book, but he has also written a number of original books for older children. WWW.TJIBBEVELDKAMP.NL Philip Hopman (b. 1961) graduated from the Rietveld Academy of Art in Amsterdam. Since 1988 he has illustrated over 120 children’s books for Dutch and foreign publishers. His pictures are crammed with hilarious details; his dashing style shows great professional skill. Watercolour and pen-and-ink illustrations capitalize on the text in comic detail. WWW.PHILIPHOPMAN.NL 9

ISBN: 978 17 880 7003 4 | Binding: Hardback | Trim size: 24.7 x 30.6 cm | Extent: 34 pages | Age: 4+ | Price: £ 11.95 Publication date: April 2017


Freya Hartas

Little Kong

Where the Wild Things Are has met its match: Esmeralda and Little Kong!

Esmeralda was an Exceptionally Naughty girl. ‘Close your mouth when you chew, Esmeralda!’ ‘Esmeralda, stop running! Act like a lady.’ ‘Esmeralda! What have you done to the garden?’ One day, Esmeralda’s parents have had enough. They push her bed into the sea, in the hope that, if she spends some time on her own, she will learn some manners. The bed washes up on an island, where Little Kong, a large blue monkey, tries to get the better of Esmeralda. But he is soon totally disillusioned... Esmeralda is quickly able to turn the tables on him: it's Little Kong who is tamed. Esmeralda feels perfectly at home on the island. What will happen when her parents come to fetch her? In , Freya Hartas was one of the winners of the Worldwide Picture Book Illustration Competition. Little Kong is her début.

Freya Hartas (b. 1992) graduated with honours from the illustration course at the University of Falmouth. In the same year, she won the Worldwide Picture Book Illustration Competition. While still a student, she won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize for her illustration work. She lives in Somerset, England. WWW.FREYAHARTAS.CO.UK 11

ISBN: 978 17 880 7005 8 | Binding: Hardback | Trim size: 25 x 25 cm | Extent: 40 pages | Age: 4+ | Price: £ 9.95 Publication date: May 2017


Sjoerd Kuyper & Jan Jutte

A Hat for the Moon

An adorable picture book by a golden team

Croc looks out his window. It’s cold out there... weather for scarves, gloves and hats. And it’s so dark! Suddenly the moon pops up. The moon looks down at Croc and Croc looks up at the moon. He realizes something: the moon is cold. The moon wants a hat! Croc wakes Monkey and Chicken. They get a hat, a scarf and two gloves and climb up on each other’s shoulders: Monkey on top of Crocodile and Chicken fluttering on Monkey’s back. They can almost reach the moon… But it is so cold! Croc shivers... Croc sneezes... Every toddler will love this picture book by Golden Pencil winning author Sjoerd Kuyper and Golden Paintbrush winner Jan Jutte.

Sjoerd Kuyper (b. 1952) has written stories for television and more than forty books, many of which have won awards. Several have been turned into motion pictures. Famous titles include The Pocket Knife, which was also filmed and received fourteen awards, among them an Emmy. In 2012 he was awarded the Theo Thijssen Prize for his body of work as a children’s author. Kuyper writes in a style that is poetic, clear and vivid, and enters with ease into the emotional world of young children. www.sjoerdkuyper.nl Jan Jutte (b. 1954) is an illustrator of numerous picture books. One of his masterpieces is his collection of art for Hans Andersen's fairy tales. He has won the Golden Paintbrush three times – including for A Hat for the Moon. www.janjutte.nl 13

ISBN: 978 17 880 7004 1 | Binding: Hardback | Trim size: 21 x 25.1 cm | Extent: 32 pages | Age: 2+ | Price: £ 9.95 Publication date: May 2017


Piet Grobler

Hey, Frog!

A humorous peaceful animal fable set in a friendly African savannah

One blazing hot day, thirsty Frog takes a sip from a little puddle. It tastes so good that he drinks the next puddle and the next. Frog is so thirsty that he keeps on drinking. He empties the water hole. He empties the river. He empties the lake. He drinks up all the water everywhere. The other animals on the savannah are not amused by Frog's thirst and try to get him to give back the precious water on which their lives depend. Lion tries to scratch Frog. Chameleon tries to bribe Frog with a fly. Crocodile tells tales of frog dinners. Finally, the eels tickle Frog under his armpits, and the water comes rushing out of his mouth. Everyone is happy and peaceful again.

‘[I]t’s the uncluttered watercolor-and-ink illustrations ... that really extend the laughs with quirky, slightly stylized depictions of animals and plants.’ – Booklist ‘Grobler’s ink-and-watercolor images, printed on pale beige, evoke a drought-prone landscape, and his primitivist petroglyphs of bugs, birds, tortoises and fish recall the stylized paintings of Paul Klee ... This disarming book implies that a gentle approach can succeed, even in the most aggravating situations.’ – Publishers Weekly

Piet Grobler (b. 1959) was born in South Africa. He studied graphic design and journalism and worked as a graphic designer and editor in the field of advertising and publishing. Now a well-established artist, he has won many national and international prizes. They include a silver medal at the Noma Concours in 1997, the Octogone de Chine in 1999 and the Primo Alpi Apuane in 2000 as well as the Tiene Holloway Medal in 1997. Piet Grobler is Course Leader for illustration at the University of Worcester. WWW.PIETGROBLER.COM 15

ISBN: 978 17 880 7002 7 | Binding: Hardback | Trim size: 21.4 x 25.7 | Extent: 32 pages | Age: 4+ | Price: £ 9.95 Publication date: April 2017


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Lemniscaat Ltd Spring 2017  

The Spring 2017 catalogue of Lemniscaat Ltd, publisher of outstanding illustrated children's books.

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