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 PINGU√ŹNS (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?