THE LOVELY VILLAGE OF LOVELYSUN (February 2018)

HET MOOIE DORPJE MOOIEZON (THE LOVELY VILLAGE OF LOVELYSUN) 
year:
2018
genre:
picture book, 48 p.
publisher:
illustrator:
Suzan T'Hooft
age:
4+

My second picture book with Suzan T'Hooft leads us to a lovely village. Everything in Lovelysun is all right: all the inhabitants help each other wherever they can. Until, one day, Anteater starts asking difficult questions... A colourful book about being together and about those that keep our society together in a different way than others...

SOFIE AND THE ELEPHANTS (January 2018)

SOFIE EN DE OLIFANTEN (SOFIE AND THE ELEPHANTS)
year:
2018
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+

In this sixth book about Sofie we again combine several elements (text, illustrations on every page, comics, photo-comics, short non-fiction pieces and extra's at the end of the book). Sofies parents are abroad for work, so Sofie stays at her grandparent's house. But they have another guest as well: a grumpy old zookeeper who doesn't know what to do with himself, after his retirement. But then he starts telling the story about two baby elephants. Sofie and her best friends Timmie and Billie are mesmerized. And there is even a surprise at the end. A big surprise...

- The other volumes are called:
SOFIE EN DE PINGUÏNS (2010)
SOFIE EN HET VLIEGENDE JONGETJE (2012)
SOFIE EN HET IJSBEERTJE (2013)
SOFIE EN DE DOLFIJNEN (2014)
SOFIE EN HET GEHEIME PAARD (2015).

THE BOY THAT SKATED WITH THE ANIMALS

DE JONGEN DIE MET DE DIEREN SCHAATSTE (THE BOY THAT SKATED WITH THE ANIMALS)
year:
2018
genre:
childrens book, 48 p.
publisher:
illustrator:
Sanne te Loo
age:
6+

I have been friends with ex-speedskater Beorn Nijenhuis for years. And his athlete story is perfect for a children's book: growing up as a Canadian kid, skating in winter at his family's own lake, to being one of the speedskaters starting for The Netherlands at the Olympics in Torino, Italy. Sanne te Loo made Beorns story into a wonderfully warmhearted document and Maarten Deckers did the book design. The book has little text, is based on Beorns life story and answers questions like: is the future athlete already part of the 8-year old boy, and vice versa?

VASCO AND THE GREEN MONSTER

VASCO EN HET GROENE MONSTER (VASCO AND THE GREEN MONSTER)

year:
2017
genre:
picture book, 32 p.
publisher:
illustrator:
Alain Verster
age:
4+


My third picture book with Alain Verster. Vasco is a pig that loves his owner: the young Matteo. Every day Vasco awaits Matteo, eager to play with him when he comes home from school. But this day Matteo says his father will bring him a gift. A gift called John. Vasco is so, so, so disappointed: will this John replace him? The other animals on the farm think it's outrageous: being replaced like thát. John becomes a monster in Vasco's head, a green monster. Until... A joyful, light story about friendship and jealousy. 

Previous books I got to make with Alain Verster: VASCO THE LITTLE SOCCER PIG and THE DOVE THAT COULDN'T DIVE.

- Prooftranslation in English is available.


THE BIG AND FORBIDDEN ATTIC

DE GROTE VERBODEN ZOLDER (THE BIG AND FORBIDDEN ATTIC)
year:
2017
genre:
children's book, 200 p.
publisher:
age:
10+

Eddy is almost ten. He lives alone with his parents. One day a mysterious girl walks into his life: she's gonna stay for a few weeks, Eddy isn't told why (some problems with her family?). The girl is beautiful but very silent. Until, one night, she comes knocking at Eddy's bedroom door. She takes him to the entrance of the Big Forbidden Attic. And... as soon as she starts talking, Eddy sees what she is telling him... wonderous creatures, thrilling stories. These nights will change his life. But... no one believed they really happened. Maybe you do?