THE COUNTING BOOK OF PRINCE HAYO THE HAPPY

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

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

- Prooftranslation in English is available

SOFIE AND THE SECRET HORSE

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

LITTLE CALF, LITTLE FOAL

KALFJE, VEULENTJE (LITTLE CALF, LITTLE FOAL)

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

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

- Prooftranslation in English is available

CHEER-UP BIRD

OPVROLIJKVOGELTJE (CHEER-UP BIRD)

year:
2015
genre:
picture book, 40 p.
publisher:
Lemniscaat, Rotterdam
illustrators:
Ingrid & Dieter Schubert
age:
4+
rights sold:
English (USA) (Lemniscaat)
Chinese (Mainland) (Tomorrow)
German (Fischer Sauerländer)

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

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

THE CANCERCHAMPIONSHIP FOR JUNIORS

HET KANKERKAMPIOENSCHAP VOOR JUNIOREN (THE CANCERCHAMPIONSHIP FOR JUNIORS)

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

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

VOTE FOR THE OKAPI

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


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

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