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The Best of the Best fall 2017

Maranke Rinck & Martijn van der Linden

Owlie Marble

Playing marbles has never been so much fun!

Everyone has played with marbles at some point. But did you know that every marble is in fact a personality? There’s Sun ray and Zebra, Cat’s eye and Shark, Flamingo, Moon and Milkshake, and lots of other smooth rolling friends. And now one more friend has joined the gang: it’s Owlie. Everyone wants to play with Owlie, but not with the monsters that are hot on their heels. The result is a jolly bouncy marble adventure – where do you hide if you’re a marble? In the marble run? In the marble jar? Or do you slip out the gates? Read along and play along! Because the book is itself a marble pot. Owlie Marble is an extraordinary and fabulously designed book that uniquely combines reading, looking and playing.

About Tangram Cat: ‘The best picture book of 2016.’ – national newspaper de Volkskrant ‘Besides being incredibly clever and visually stunning, it’s also hugely enjoyable’ – national newspaper nrc Handelsblad ‘Perfect interplay of text and illustrations... Refreshing, exciting and fun.’ – national newspaper Trouw

Rights sold: lemniscaat ltd (English worldwide)

Maranke Rinck is a full-time author, writing stories for children as well as texts for companies. With her husband Martijn van der Linden, she forms a wonderful artistic couple. WWW.MARANKERINCK.NL Martijn van der Linden studied drawing at the Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam and now works as a designer and illustrator for various publishers. For Lemniscaat, he and his wife Maranke made The Princely Child, I Feel a Foot and of course Tangram Cat. WWW.MARTIJNVANDERLINDEN.NL 3

Original title: Knikkeruil | trim size: 25 x 25 cm | [hardback], 36 pages | age: 4+

Full translation available

‘Wildly original.’ ***** – de Volkskrant​

‘Not only a very original and innovative idea, but also brilliantly executed, surprising and witty.’

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– Dutch Foundation for Literature

내 짝꿍을 찾아요

새들도 물고기도 비행기도 짝이 있어요. 그런데 토끼만 짝이 없네요. 짝꿍을 찾아 나선 토끼의 이야기를 짝 맞추기 퍼즐과 함께 즐겨요.

마랑케 링크 글

마르테인 판 더 린덴 그림

김희정 옮김

값 15,800원

내 짝꿍을 찾아요 마랑케

ISBN 979-11-86621-10-3 77840

링크 글 마르테


더린 덴 그림 김희정 옮김

Rights sold: Lemniscaat USA de la martiniere jeunesse (France) Il Castello (Italy) Changbi (Korea) tomorrow publishing (China) Sincap Yayıncılık (Turkey)

Un puzzle avec seulement sept pièces ! C’est nul ! Qu’est-ce que je vais bien pouvoir en faire ?

Le tangram est un jeu ancestral chinois composé de sept pièces : cinq triangles, un carré et un parallélogramme. En les assemblant avec un peu d’imagination, tu peux créer des figures à l’infini... mais attention, il faut utiliser toutes les pièces ! Allez, à toi de jouer !


‘One of the most original picture books of the year.’ – Trouw


‘Not only terribly ingenious and extremely beautiful, but also great fun.’ – nrc Handelsblad Highlighted by the Dutch Foundation Rights sold: tomorrow publishing (China) lemniscaat ltd (English worldwide) EkarÉ (Spain, Venezuela) kaleidoscope (France) Sincap Yayıncılık (Turkey)

Maranke Rinck & Martijn van der Linden



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Ne convient pas aux enfants de moins de 3 ans. Comporte de petits éléments susceptibles d’être avalés.

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ISBN 978-2-877-67953-4 / X-17 / 15,90 e

Diffusion l’école des loisirs

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Mark Janssen

Dinos Don’t Exist

Rights sold: fisher verlag (Germany) silcheonmunhak (Korea) tomorrow publishing (China) Il Castello (Italy) TURBINE (Denmark) CAN ÇOCUK PUBLISHING (Turkey)

About Nothing Happened: ‘Mark Janssen [...] goes all-out in his first picture book. You have to get happy looking at his sparkling and exciting fairy-tale worlds’ **** – national newspaper nrc Handelsblad ‘Gorgeous illustrations by Mark Janssen.’ – national newspaper Trouw

Go dinosaur hunting in a wonderful fold-out picture book

With his first picture book, Nothing Happened, Mark Janssen created quite a furore domestically and abroad. Now, in the same bold and sparkling style, Mark presents a story about two brothers who set out to find dinosaurs. Or perhaps they’re only pretending to, as the older brother repeatedly reassures the frightened younger brother, ‘Dinos don’t exist!’ But the reader knows better. Fabulous fold-out pictures reveal how the brothers drift from one dangerous situation into another, for nothing is what it seems and the Great and Terrifying Dinos are actually everywhere. This book of discovery is full of sensational shivers. And after reading it, you will always want to take a very close look at the things around you, because those trees... those shapes... those bumps... might just as well be... dinosaurs!

Rights sold: lemniscaat ltd (English worldwide)

Mark Janssen studied at the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design. He illustrates for both children and adults and has contributed to more than 350 books. Last year Lemniscaat published his enthusiastically received Nothing Happened, and in spring of 2017 the picture book he created with Annemarie van der Eem: I Want a Lion! WWW.MARK-JANSSEN.NL 7

Original title: Dino’s bestaan niet! | trim size: 24,5 x 29,7 cm | [hardback], 16 pages | age: 4+

Full translation available

Wessel Sandtke & Jan Jutte

An Elephant’s Memory The memory champion of the Netherlands shares his gift in a picture book

Wessel Sandtke Jan Jutte

Donkey is giving a party, but then discovers with a fright that his larder is almost empty. No worries: he can just stroll down to Elephant’s shop to do some shopping. He makes a mental list of all he needs and sets off. Along the way he meets all sorts of friends who also need something from Elephant’s store, and of course Donkey promises to fetch those things for them. But by the time he arrives at the shop, he has forgotten the whole shopping list... So he quickly runs back to check with everyone what they needed – but again he has forgotten by the time he gets back to the shop. Fortunately, Elephant has a trick up his sleeve to help him remember. Wessel Sandtke is famous for having a memory like an elephant. He can remember incredible amounts of information – and everyone can, as long as you learn some tricks. With that in mind he wrote his first cheerful – and for many people, very recognisable – picture book story, which the three-time winner of the Golden Slate Paintbrush, Jan Jutte, was eager to turn into a feast for the eyes in his typically colourful style.

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Rights sold: lemniscaat ltd (English worldwide)

Wessel Sandtke is a psychology student at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and the current Dutch memory champion. According to the World Memory Statistics, he is ranked 288th worldwide. An Elephant’s Memory is his first picture book. Jan Jutte has illustrated countless picture books. He won the main illustrator’s award in the Netherlands – the Gouden Penseel – three times, including for A Hat for the Moon by Sjoerd Kuyper. His masterpiece was published in 2014: the illustrations to the complete collection of fairy tales by Hans Christiaan Andersen. WWW.JANJUTTE.NL 9

Original title: Het geheugen van een olifant | trim size: 24 x 28 cm | [hardback], 32 pages | age: 6+

Daphne Louter

Look, Rabbits

A delightful non-verbal picture book to take you through the day and the year

The everyday life of Daphne Louter’s twins, Pien and Teun, inspired her to create this beautiful, intricate picture book that wordlessly tells the story of a boy rabbit and a girl rabbit, and their pet, the chicken. We follow the roguish duo throughout the day – and, as the day goes on, throughout the year as well. The subtle colours, fine lines and countless details in the pictures give the book a timeless quality and are reminiscent of work by great British illustrators such as Beatrix Potter and John Tenniel. No one will be surprised to hear that Daphne won the 2014 Lemniscaat Illustration Contest with the first pictures for this book. The rabbit twins’ house and garden are places young children will want to visit over and over again. There’s so much to discover in every picture that each new visit is a delight. And can they find the objects that appear in every one? A book without words that tells a thousand stories.

Rights sold: lemniscaat ltd (English worldwide) fischer verlag (Germany) il castello (Italy)

Daphne Louter attended the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, where she graduated in printmaking techniques. She then went to Edinburgh to study illustration at the college of art. She lived in Scotland for several years and taught at the art college, among other places. In 2009 she returned to the Netherlands, where she now paints and illustrates. Look, Rabbits is her picture book debut. WWW.DAPHNELOUTER.COM 11

Original title: Kijk, konijnen | trim size: 27 x 27 cm | [hardback], 32 pages | age: 4+

Wordless picturebook

On Playground: ‘[Mies van Hout] is at the pinnacle of her powers. […] Fresh and surprising.’ **** – nrc Handelsblad ‘Mies van Hout [has surpassed] herself. The book fizzes with artistic enjoyment, and demonstrates her versatility. […] It makes you want to stick almost all the pictures on the wall.’ – Trouw

Mies van Hout

Peekaboo Square, Round & Triangular

Children’s favourite game, peekaboo, in book form!

All small children love playing peekaboo. They can’t get enough of it. That same peekaboo game is the starting point for these three colourful fold-out board books. When you first turn a page you just see ‘bare’ shapes. But every time, under the flap at the side, lurks – peekaboo! – a wonderful world populated by all kinds of creatures. Dogs, beetles, a grasshopper, an octopus: they’re all imaginative extrapolations from the basic shapes on the flap. Each of the three books focuses on one category of shapes: triangular and zig-zag shapes, round and flowing shapes and square and angular shapes. The animals fit with the characteristics of the shapes. Square rhinoce­ roses storm enthusiastically towards their goal, triangular lobsters dance a spirited tango and a round elephant jumps dreamily in the air. The longer you look at the pictures, the more you discover in them. Infants learn to recognize shapes through play. They’ll daydream about the extraordinary creatures, and just like in the real game, every time you shut the book they’ll shout: ‘Again! Again!’

Rights sold: Aracari Verlag (Germany, Switzerland) lemniscaat ltd (English worldwide)

Mies van Hout has given shape to several heroes of Lemniscaat picture books and children’s books, including Krik, Lovey and Dovey and Brave Ben. Her illustrated song books are popular as well, and her series Happy, Friends and Surprise has been embraced all over the globe. WWW.MIESVANHOUT.NL 13

Original titles: Kiekeboe – vierkant | Kiekeboe – rond | Kiekeboe – driehoek trim size: 26.5 x 15.5 cm | [board books], 12 pages | age: 2+

Wordless picturebook

Annemarie van der Eem & Mark Janssen

I Want a Lion!

A child asks for a lion as a pet – and gets exactly what he wants!

With Nothing Happened Mark Janssen took the picture-book world by storm. Now Annemarie van der Eem has written a story that’s absolutely made for him. One day Sjuul woke up. It was quiet in the house. And actually rather boring. Suddenly he knew: he wanted an animal. A pet. Today! And he knew what kind of animal too…

‘Illustrator Mark Janssen excels. His expressive pictures are just as exuberant as the ones in his previous picture book Nothing Happened. Janssen has truly found his own style as a picture book maker.’ – nrc Handelsblad ‘The fun splashes off the pages. The story is in line with what young children want: to go on adventure in a familiar setting.’ – Nederlands Dagblad

The animals emerging from Sjuul’s imagination leap from the pages. Grinning and gaping, parent and child will read this book together. And it’s obvious what will be the first thing said after the last page is turned: ‘Mum, dad... I want a lion!’

Annemarie van der Eem is a writer – but with the Dutch Junior Team she also won the world hockey championships in Seoul. During her hockey career she studied history in Amsterdam and went on to complete all kinds of specialist writing courses. For her own copywriting company she is a journalist, editor-in-chief and copywriter. I Want a Lion! is her debut with Lemniscaat.

Rights sold: Fischer verlag (Germany) lemniscaat ltd (English worldwide) il castello (Italy) Turbine (Denmark) wwongjin (Korea)

Mark Janssen studied at the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design. He illustrates books for children and for adults, and has worked on more than 350 books so far. Last year his enthusiastically received Nothing Happened was published by Lemniscaat. WWW.MARK-JANSSEN.NL 15

Original title: Ik wil een leeuw! | trim size: 25.3 x 34.3 cm | [hardback], 32 pages | age: 4+

Full translation available

Elle van Lieshout, Erik van Os & Alice Hoogstad

Beasty Ballads New animal songs for every young child

The fourteen cheery animal songs that Elle van Lieshout and Erik van Os have written can go straight in with the children’s classics. Their simple language, stylistic surprises, and their wonderful lightness of tone, will have every child and every adult singing them at the top of their voices in no time at all. The music is by Lot van Os (indeed, their son), who has written mesmerizing music for several Dutch Picture Books of the Year, including The Storm Whale, Solomon Crocodile and A Bit Lost. Golden Paintbrush winner Alice Hoogstad depicts all the animals in the songs in her attractive and colourful style: a millipede wearing a thousand skates and a pair of swimming trunks, a cow that sells grass, and a penguin who’s fed up with his black-and-white clothes.

About How Much Does the Grey in an Elephant Weigh?: ‘The colourful illustrations […] will give rise to hours of pleasure. A picture book that any young child will pick up time and again.’ – nbd Biblion About My Grandma is a Stork by Alice Hoogstad: ‘The refined use of colour and the sophisticated compositions stand out.’ – Trouw

Elle van Lieshout and Erik van Os have been writing together since 1990, not just books but songs as wel – some of them for Sesame Street and Dutch theme park the Efteling, and verses and texts for magazines and reading schemes. Among their titles with Lemniscaat are Lovey and Dovey, Kees van Dijk, the Miss C. Mouse books and More than a Year of Julia and Ot. They have also translated several picture books. WWW.ERIKVANOSENELLEVANLIESHOUT.NL

About Elle van Lieshout and Erik van Os: ‘Cheerful, feel-good rhymes that look at everyday things with childlike astonishment or with a wink of the eye.’ – Trouw

Alice Hoogstad has been illustrating children’s books for years. Best of all she likes to work on her own picture books. Monster Book won her the Golden Paintbrush in 2015 and last year My Grandma is a Stork was a big hit during the Dutch Children’s Book Week. 17

Original title: Diere-liere-liedjes | trim size: 24.4 x 30 cm | [hardback], 32 pages | age: 3+

Sjoerd Kuyper & Alice Hoogstad

The Penknife

A classic adventure story about the importance of friendship

Mees finds his best friend Tim’s new penknife in his own trouser pocket. But Tim has moved away and now Mees is afraid that people will think he stole it from him. Mees decides to give the knife back to Tim – but how to find him? Mees doesn’t know Tim’s new address... Suddenly, a marvellous plan pops up in his head. A plan so grand, that his head can hardly contain it. What follows is the kind of frolicking adventure that only master storyteller Sjoerd Kuyper can write. It’s no wonder that The Penknife has been one of the most popular children’s books for more than a quarter century. The film adaptation of The Penknife won two important Dutch film awards: the Cinekid Film Award and a Golden Calf for Best Director. And on top of that, it also won the prestigious Emmy Award for the best children’s programme.

Rights sold: didier jeunesse (France) Zalosba Zala (Slovenia) Thienemann (Germany) Saenggakin Jip (Korea) Kirmizi Kedi Yayinlari (Turkey) La nuova frontiera (Italy)

The Penknife is a timeless book, now published as a superb hardcover book with spanking new illustrations by no one other than the Golden Slate Paintbrush-winning illustrator Alice Hoogstad.

Sjoerd Kuyper has written over forty books, many of which received prizes and several of which have been turned into films. He also writes texts for television series, films and theatre. He received the Theo Thijssen award for his oeuvre in 2012. WWW.SJOERDKUYPER.NL

‘The Penknife reveals the depth of children’s friendships. […] Absolutely heart-warming.’ – national newspaper Trouw

alice hoogstad has been illustrating children’s books for many years. She most loves to work on her own picture books. She won the Golden Slate Paintbrush for her Monsterbook in 2015. Last year, My Grandmother is a Stork was a huge success during the annual children’s book event 2016. 19

Full translation available

Original title: Het zakmes | trim size: 14.3 x 21.5 cm | [hardback], 96 pages | age: 7+

Jesse Goossens & Linde Faas

About Cola Fountains and Spattering Paint Bombs: ‘Tremendous fun for inquisitive kids. […] The pictures are exceptionally witty, playful and colourful, and bursting with energy. A bookmark ribbon makes this collection of experiments complete. With this bonkers book you’ll always have something to do, as long as you don’t mind turning your house into a laboratory and aren’t afraid of causing explosions. Wonderfully bold for high-spirited kids and adults!’ –

Spurting Arteries and Overflowing Oceans

A joyful hands-on book for dealing with disasters large and small, from the people who brought you Cola Fountains and Spattering Paint Bombs

‘A celebratory book with forty-eight spectacular, exciting and sensational experiments for budding inventors and all other sorcerer’s apprentices.’ – Kiddo

Rights sold: CAN ÇOCUK PUBLISHING (Turkey) lemniscaat ltd (English worldwide)

In May 2017 the Red Cross in the Netherlands celebrates its 150th anniversary. Everyone knows about the life-saving work the organization carries out worldwide. But what can you do yourself, at home or in your own neighbourhood? Jesse Goossens has written a manual dealing with thirty-four disasters large and small, for everyone aged nine and up, and she’s collected funny, gruesome and wonderful facts about every possible catastrophe. Because do you know how many bones you can break? How to resuscitate someone? What was the biggest earthquake ever? How to tell a forest fire is coming, or how much blood your body’s got in it? Linde Faas has taken these facts and brought them together to create a sparkling, joyful whole, a book that’s a pleasure to leaf through as well as an essential reference work for all children, young and old, who want to help make the world a better place. Part of the proceeds from this book will be donated to the Red Cross.

Rights sold: lemniscaat ltd (English worldwide) CAN ÇOCUK PUBLISHING (Turkey)

Jesse Goossens is an editor, translator and author. Among the books she has published with Lemniscaat are Women Who Change the World, Right to Play, Plastic Soup and It’s a Wonderful Life. With Marije Tolman she created the book Jumping Penguins and Laughing Hyenas and with Linde Faas Cola Fountains and Spattering Paint Bombs. Linde Faas graduated with honours from the Art Academy of Breda. She has worked as an animator for cartoon films, as an artist, and internationally as an illustrator. For Lemniscaat she has illustrated books including titles by Pieter Koolwijk about Flea and Spikey, as well as the picture books Santa Claus Misses a Year with Susanne Wiersma and The Feast for the King with Marlies Verhelst. WWW.LINDEFAAS.NL 21

Original title: Spuitende slagaders en overstromende oceanen trim size: 21 x 25 cm | [hardback], 96 pages | age: 9+ (all ages)

Annet Huizing & Margot Westermann

The Sweaty-Feet Man. Stories about the Law

My name is Toffee. One day I’ll explain exactly how I got that name. But first I’m going to tell you how it all began. It began on a perfectly ordinary Saturday. My sister and I were lazing around on the sofa, watching telly. Incidentally, my sister’s name is Gum. Yes, I know, another one of those weird names. I will explain. Later. There’s just too much to tell all in one go: all that stuff about Husky Horace, the Water Warden, the Marshe, Nuncle Tirry, Rambo’s Marshpad, the Source Chief, Aunty T, the Wishwash and so on. So I Really Must Begin at the Beginning!

You think the law is boring? Then you should read the bizarre but true story of a man with stinking feet who went to extremes to get justice. It didn’t get him anything at all. It did us, though. Thanks to the sweaty-feet man we got a title for our book. Now let’s just hope he doesn’t accuse us of stealing his nickname. Who would have thought the law could be so varied, funny and interesting? In a book full of exciting stories for children and adults, Annet Huizing, along with illustrator Margot Westermann, brings the rule of law to life.

A book that shows that the law is everywhere, and belongs to everyone.

The Water Warden of the Wetterlands ‘Crazy Kunst well on its way to the level of Roald Dahl.’ – nrc Handelsblad

The winner of the Silver Slate Pencil writes the ulti mate book about the law – for all ages

From rapper Typhoon, pulled over because he was driving an expensive car, to the unjust conviction of Lucia de B. and the man who shouted ‘f*ck the king!’, to whether young sailor Laura should be allowed to cross the ocean alone: based on famous and less famous cases past and present the reader discovers how the law works, what happens in court, how laws are made and how difficult it is to judge, because every case has so many sides to it. Does a dog have a right to a say? Can you steal back your own bicycle? When are you allowed to clout someone? Why are there rules about chocolate sprinkles? Countless questions are touched upon, whether to make you burst out laughing, to amaze you or to make you think. The stories are accompanied by cartoon-style drawings and lively infographics about, for example, what goes on in a courtroom, the difference between murder and manslaughter, and the role of the Supreme Court.

Marco Kunst & Marieke Nelissen

Annet Huizing writes fiction and non-fiction for children. She made her debut at Lemniscaat in 2014 with How I Accidentally Wrote a Book, which won her a Silver Slate Pencil. WWW.OLIFANTENSTAPELEN.NL

The twins Toffee and Gum tell you in alternating chapters about their crazy adventures in the Marshe. Just imagine: their parents – who are always competing to see who is earning most – suddenly receive a letter stating that their mother is the legitimate heir of her great-great-great-great-great second cousin four times removed and thus may claim the Marshe and the function of Water Warden. These parents obviously immediately smell money: a Marshe like that just begs to be turned into a residential area – or so they think... So Toffee and Gum and their au pairs, Limona and Vanilia, are rushed to the Water Warden House. But it turns out they’re not the only ones who think they can inherit the Marshe. And the Marshe doesn’t want to be built on. In its damp, swampy surroundings strange things are happening – and Toffee and Gum go out to investigate what exactly is going on. But they might just be poking their noses into matters that are none of their business!

Margot Westermann is a designer and illustrator. Having worked for years designing products and patterns, she now specializes in text and images. WWW.SOLOMOOS.NL

‘The insanely beautiful illustrations by Marieke Nelissen bring even more life to the story and truly complete the book.’ – In de boekenkast

Marco Kunst is a philosopher and writer with a wide range of publications to his name, from juvenile novels, radio plays, essays and poems to a novel for adults. Lemniscaat has published, amongst other titles: The Keeper of the Key, Fly! and Kroonsz. WWW.MARCOKUNST.NL Marieke Nelissen is a much sought-after illustrator and graphic designer. She already had a lot of illustration experience when she submitted her first picture book illustrations to the Lemniscaat Illustration Contest… and won! WWW.LEPETITSTUDIO.NL 23

Original title: De zweetvoetenman. Verhalen over het recht | trim size: 20.8 x 25 cm | [hardback], 260 pages | age: 11+

Original title: De Waterwaack van Natterlande | trim size: 14.3 x 21.5 cm | [hardback], 418 pages | age: 10+

Sample translation available

Peter-Paul Rauwerda

Marloes Morshuis

Dioraphte Literatour Prize 2017 (readers rewarding)

A compelling and shocking international adventure with drastic consequences

The Nine Rooms


A rich psychological novel in the tradition of magical realism and imaginative narrative

Jonas has been suffering terrible headaches for quite some time. Just when he is home alone, the headaches become almost unbearable. That’s when strange things start to happen. One night, while Jonas is asleep, there is a burglary. When he wakes up the next morning, he discovers that the uninvited guest has cleaned the room and left a big book. In the book, Jonas reads about a rather peculiar house. When he finds out, later that day, that a house has appeared where there was still an undeveloped field the day before, he can’t control his curiosity and decides to enter... The house gets a hold on Jonas. Like Alice in Wonderland, he wanders from room to room, and from one bizarre situation to the next. While his head is throbbing, all sorts of events and stories take place that seem to bounce back and forth between dream and reality. Will Jonas be able to escape from the clutches of the house? Peter-Paul Rauwerda wrote a hypnotic, psychological story in which the reader, just as Jonas, is torn between reality and fantasy. In a colourful language reminiscent of the books by Zafón and Marquez, Rauwerda paints a world that will linger long after the book is closed.

Ten days and three hours. That was the time he had spent at Borealis so far. The only good news was that Joppe was no longer afraid that they would kill him. He wiped his hands on his trousers and climbed a few metres higher to view his work from a distance. It had taken hours for him to find enough large branches to form the letters. But now his message was easy to spot on the mountainside. HELP. The only thing he needed now was a helicopter and an observant pilot. Hopefully that would put an end to this nightmare.

‘A book that will be read and cherished by both young readers and adults.’ ***** ‘Rauwerda doesn’t tell whether the adventure is a dream or a real adventure. He lets his readers decide for themselves, and that makes the book even more special.’ ***** – reader’s reviews on Peter-Paul Rauwerda is an econometrist. He previously worked for an advertising agency and now illustrates children’s and picture books. The Nine Rooms is his debut novel. WWW.PPRAUWERDA.NL

Joppe has been kidnapped – and he isn’t the only one. At a cold, isolated Borealis, 180 children from all over the world await their fate, guarded by the Crew and supervised by the Triassic. The children have everything they need in Borealis, but the rules are strict and the fences are high. When they hear why they were snatched from their familiar world, the children realise that their fate is linked to that of the entire world. The Triassic has chosen them for a special future. Will they cooperate? The long cold winter is approaching, but the temperature at Borealis is rising. Joppe will do everything to regain his freedom. But not everyone at Borealis is well-meaning…

Marloes Morshuis is an independent writer, editor and communications consultant. For ten years she worked as a campaign coordinator for the Dutch political party GroenLinks. In 2015 she made her debut at Lemniscaat with the acclaimed juvenile fiction title Cooking for the Emperor.

24 Original title: De negen kamers | trim size: 14.3 x 21.5 cm | [hardback], 200 pages | age: 16+

Sample translation available

‘Stirring eco thriller. […] Borealis is […] an adventure centered around a socio-political theme – climate change, in this case.’ – Trouw ‘Marloes Morshuis has written a story with a tough message. […] She conveys that message in a very original way. […] Thrilling until the end.’ **** – Kidsweek ‘A truly exciting story with a contemporary subject that transports you to a new world. Enthralling until the end.’ – De Telegraaf 25

Original title: Borealis | trim size: 14.3 x 21.5 cm | [hardback], 280 pages | age: 12+

Sample translation available

Esther Sprikkelman

Sabine Wassenberg

Bee Father

How Children See the World

A beautiful unassuming debut about first loves, friendship, and how oppressive life in a small community can be

Summer 1985. A terrible event leaves Johanne’s boyfriend Henrico in a coma. He has probably lost his memory, and Johanne is afraid he won’t remember anything about her or their time together. That time together began a few months earlier, on the day Johanne, her mother and little brother Paulie moved from the city of Utrecht to Warsum, a small village in the east of the Netherlands. When Johanne goes to get chips from the local snackbar one evening and meets Henrico there, she knows after one look into his turquoise eyes that she is in love. On cassette tapes – in the hope they’ll refresh Henrico’s memory when he wakes up – Johanne tells him about the long, sweltering summer that followed. From that first sight of him in the snackbar, via the wonderful world of neighbour Lomme’s bees in which her brother becomes absorbed, through endless adventures on the beach with Henrico’s friends and the attractive Dora, to that terrible day when... And everything in between. With no apparent effort, in astute, almost poetic sentences and without wasting a single word, Esther Sprikkelman draws her readers into the constraining life of a small village, with its loves, quarrels, intrigues... and a big secret.

‘Sprikkelman can write.’ **** – de Volkskrant

Philosophy in the classroom

‘Perhaps we need to invent a new word for philosophical answers. It’s not right or wrong, it’s not yes or no, but both at the same time. So “nes”, and “yo”!’ – Joy, 12 years ‘Actually there’s nothing we really know. All we can do is think we know!’ – Manal, 12 years ‘The is people aren’t Muslims. Because to kill other people is haram.’ – Abdelrachman, 11 years

‘With her pungent, direct tone, Esther Sprikkel­ man rivets her readers from page one. […] A stri­ king new voice we’ll hopefully hear more from.’ – Trouw ‘A gripping story that revolves around sensory impressions and strong emotions.’ – 7Days Esther Sprikkelman was a singer and songwriter who toured Europe and America with her band. Now she is a copywriter and teacher of Dutch at a college. Most of all she likes reading poems aloud and writing and directing school musicals. Bee Father is her debut novel.

Sabine Wassenberg has been engaging children in philosophy at multi-cultural primary schools in Amsterdam for over ten years. She leads her pupils in discussions on Big Questions, and is unafraid to tackle taboos. Remarkably, how these children reason is often clearer and more direct than how grownups tend to debate. With a completely open attitude, she listens intently to what everyone has to say, which reveals a lot about how children from different cultural backgrounds think. And it forces her to reconsider some of her own entrenched western values. How Children See the World is an eye-opener for everyone with an interest in the future of our multi-cultural society – and who hasn’t?

26 Original title: Bijenvader | trim size: 14.3 x 21.5 cm | [paperback], 150 pages | age: 15+

‘All those years of doing philosophy with children has changed me. It has taught me to be radically modest about my own viewpoints, and to nurture a Socratic understanding for another person’s opinions. What goes on in my multi-cultural classroom is a reflection of what goes on in society at large, or even in the world as a whole.’ – Sabine Wassenberg Sabine Wassenberg is a philosopher and teaches philosophy at several schools, mainly in Amsterdam. She wrote two educational books about doing philosophy with children. She also offers workshops, training courses, personal counselling and lectures for adults, and she organises retreats. 27

Original title: Kinderlogica | trim size: 14.3 x 21.5 cm | [paperback], 232 pages

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