Lena Zeise

Balto and Togo - The Run to Nome

Balto & Togo
Alaska, 1925. In the dead of winter, an epidemic has taken hold in the small city of Nome. Isolated as it is by snow and ice, the only way the city can obtain much-needed medication is by dogsled.
For 650 miles dog drivers and their teams of sled dogs, depending completely on each other, fight heavy snow and ice storms in a race against time. The “Serum Run to Nome”, as this real event became known, captured the world’s attention well beyond the Alaskan border.

Lena Zeise’s retelling and illustrations of this true story of wilderness survival makes a breathtaking tale of companionship, courage and the unique bond between the dog drivers and their teams.
Mehrdad Zaeri, Werner Holzwarth

Winter of the Squirrel

Der Winter des Eichhörnchens
The Happiness of Not Finding!
Squirrel is young, and life is beautiful! Gathering nuts, burying them, and having a good winter - no problem at all!

Then, squirrel grows old. Gathering nuts and burying them takes a lot of energy. Finding the nuts again is an even bigger problem - especially when one forgets what one was looking for! It's enough to make a squirrel tired, a little sad, even angry!

Then, everything starts to make sense again.

Mehrdad Zaeri's magical illustrations invoke the inner life of a squirrel. A positive parable of life in this picture book story written by Werner Holzwarth.
Henrike Wilson: Ganz schön langweilig!
Henrike Wilson

Pretty Darn Boring!

Ganz schön langweilig!
A little bear trots through the forest and isn’t quite sure where to go. He’s bored and
no one has time for him- everyone’s busy. At last, he lies down on the forest floor
and decides to do nothing- absolutely nothing. And even though he isn’t occupied,
lots of things are happening. Slowly but surely he begins to feel calm and his senses
begin to awaken. He begins to pay attention to the sounds around him and to feel,
see, sense, and discover more and more. His head feels free, his curiosity is
awakened, and lots of new ideas begin to come to him. Entertained and restored, he
starts off on his next adventure.
In a time in which even kindergartners need weekly planners and everyone always
has something to do (at least on a tablet or the like), Henrike Wilson remembers the
value and necessity of boredom and free, unstructured time, and pays homage to
these with vivid visuals. The ability to enjoy aimless time can be so fulfilling.

Rights sold to China, USA, Spain, Italy

Henrike Wilson

Squirrel Finds a New Home

Eichhörnchen zieht um
It’s springtime! Squirrel wakes up from its winter sleep full of energy and purpose, and is amazed to see flowers in front of its usual nest opening. How can that be? Flowers in the middle of the treetops? Mouse knows: a storm blew the
tree over last night. So squirrel has to find a new place to live! Squirrel’s garden companions offer to share their homes.

That’s nice, but squirrel needs a cozy place of its own, so the search begins for a new home in the most beautiful tree in the garden – and there, squirrel finds a delightful surprise!

This is a story of helping hands and friendship, garden creatures and the magic of springtime, in a warm-spirited, richly illustrated new book by Henrike Wilson.
Henrike Wilson: Fünf Nüsse für Eichhörnchen
Henrike Wilson

Five Nuts, Squirreled Away

Fünf Nüsse für Eichhörnchen
It's fall! The leaves whirl in the wind and the squirrel is beginning to stockpile nuts for the winter. So far, five nuts have been gathered. The squirrel wants to hide them where no one will find them. It does so with great enthusiasm and finds excellent hiding spots. However, it was working with such zeal that it, unlike the reader, didn't notice that other animals were watching the whole time. When winter comes and everything's covered by a thick blanket of snow, the cheerful little squirrel tries to gather its nuts—only to find that the first four have apparently grown legs and escaped! Luckily the fifth and best nut (the one with the tiny hat!) is still there in its fantastic hiding place.
So it's no problem that the other animals helped themselves to his supply.
A book about the art of finding pleasure in what you do have instead of worrying about what you don't. But this is also a story about garden animals and the changing of the seasons, with all its many marvels—lovingly told with atmospheric illustrations by Henrike Wilson.

Rights sold to China, Denmark, France, Spain and Korea

Henrike Wilson: Ich war einmal abends...
Henrike Wilson

I Was Sitting in My Room One Night...

Ich war einmal abends...
„I was sitting in my room one night, all snug and comfy, when there was a knock on
the door. Now, who might it be …. my friend!“
Now, that’s as snug and promising a beginning to a never-ending book as one could
wish for, isn’t it? The bear gets a visit from the fox, who is in turn visited by the
hare, the squirrel goes to see the hare and is visited by the owl. And the owl? Well,
the owl is comfortably ensconced in her wing chair knitting happily away until
Kingdom come. But who could ever be in need of such a long scarf as this? Well, if it
isn’t her friend, the big brown bear, whom we’ve already met at the very beginning!
Henrike Wilson’s cosy pictures tell a story that is no less exciting for being simple,
and which never really comes to an end. Not only will the readers enjoy guessing
who it might be now knocking on the door, but they’ll be amazed at what all those
animals of the forest will get up to of a night, how and where they live, and how glad
they are to have their friends over. This is a great book about friendship, and about
the art of storytelling - you couldn’t ask more for a bedtime story!

Right sold to China, Faroe Islands, Hungary, Korea, The Netherlands/Belgium, Slovenia and Spain

Silke Vry, Martin Haake

Sunken Cities, Forgotten Cultures Great Archeologists and their Discoveries

Verborgene Schätze, versunkene Welten
What could be more exciting than to bring remnants of bygone times-buried cities, archaic cultures, ancient treasures- to light?

This large nonfiction book takes us along into the exciting world of archaeology. The lively narration invites us to join the scholars on their journey and learn everything about the most significant archaeological finds of the past 500 years, including the discovery of the Mayans, the ancient sports stadium Olympia, the grave of Tutankhamen, and the Terracotta Army in China. We run into many of the people who laid the groundwork for modern archeology (Heinrich Schliemann, Robert Koldewey, and Johann Winckelmann) and learn about the pioneering archaeologists of today (Thor Heyerdahl and Franck Goddio). The adventurous stories behind these great discoveries also familiarize us with the exciting excavation techniques used in the process. The large-format, collage-like illustrations help us delve even deeper into the adventure of archeology.

Rights sold to Romania, China and Korea

Antje von Stemm: Ab die Post!
Antje von Stemm

Going Postal!

Ab die Post!
It’s fun to receive nice things in the mail, but it’s even better to send nice things in the mail!

This book explains the very basics: how to write letters in the first place, and how to make and decorate your own stationery and envelopes.
But it also explains what else you can send by mail: a confetti inferno, digital soundmail, compliment chain
letters, snuggle postcards, vacation mail for lazy ones, or even yourself! This book is chock-full of great ideas related to the topic of snail mail!
You can do it too: every idea is explained with clear, step-by-step instructions.
Julie Völk

A Time When Wishing Still Helped

Zur Zeit, wo das Wünschen noch geholfen hat
Grimm's Fairy Tales as seen by artist Julie Völk - A Magical Masterpiece

This selection of stories unites familiar and beloved tales with a few others that deserve to be discovered anew. Julie Völk guides us through enchanted waterways, through thick forests and breathtaking mountain landscapes; she shows us magical gardens and pauses while we marvel at secret cottages and mighty palaces.

There are strange creatures to discover, along with clever girls and boys; witches playing tricks, and yes, even the Devil is at work. Just as the tales themselves enter our dreams, make us shiver and sometimes cause us to laugh out loud, the illustrations cast their own spell. In numerous vignettes and colorful larger scenes, Julie Völk presents the stories anew in her own unique style. She references the familiar while calling our attention to new details. This treasury of stories becomes, in the best sense, a gift to all - children will discover countless details, and in the red-and-white vignettes they will "read" the stories on their own; more seasoned readers will be surprised by new perspectives. The pictures, like the stories, allow us to travel back in time, but they remain modern and fresh. The unique environment created by these intimate, yet powerful pictures will enchant young and old alike.
Julie Völk: Wenn ich in die Schule geh
Julie Völk

Going to school

Wenn ich in die Schule geh
A girl and her little brother leave to go to school. Because the walk feels shorter and more fun with a larger group of people, they gather more and more children along the way. The reader is lucky enough to meet all of these different people and their equally different homes.
 
The path to school leads through a springtime birch forest to the river where the fishing family lives, past the farm, past the fields leading towards the city, past the auto repair shop, the circus tent, the bakery, and the pet shop, until it finally ends at the school. And the teacher? Oops – he overslept and is in a big hurry. Anyone who sets off down the path again will see him rushing off to school in the background.
 
Julie Völk’s illustrations depict the appeal of changing landscapes and the colourful diversity of people. Without the use of text, they show the importance, social function, and fun of going places on foot.

Rights sold to Brazil (Portuguese Worldwide)

Julie Völk: Guten Morgen, kleine Straßenbahn!
Julie Völk

Good morning, little Tram

Guten Morgen, kleine Straßenbahn!
Early in the morning, when the streets are still quiet, the sun casts its golden light over the sleeping houses, and the street sweeper is dusting off the sidewalk, the streetcar driver wakes up. Quietly, he gets dressed and drives
his little streetcar into the day. The fish saleswoman climbs on, as do the boy with the toy Ferris wheel and the woman who just knits and knits. Where are they all going? Which
streets and parts of the city will the little streetcar visit on its way? Just hop on board and travel along to find out! The streetcar moves along so peacefully, and the
passengers, houses, and streets have so very many stories to tell!
Julie Völk: Stille Nacht, fröhliche Nacht
Julie Völk

A wonderful Christmas night

Stille Nacht, fröhliche Nacht
In a glittering, snowy landscape, something colorful and cheerful approaches on the horizon. Gradually you can see a richly packed caravan of colorful carriages and trailers— a circus is travelling through the country. Is it bound for the city, where people are running their last errands in eager anticipation of Christmas? No, the carriages move on, because they’re already expected somewhere: a mother and child are waiting for their loved ones in front of a brightly lit, cozy house to prepare for and celebrate a wonderful Christmas together. Without using a single word, Julie Völk tells us in her very own language what makes Christmas spe-cial for so many of us: anticipation, coming together, and joyful, shared time that echoes in us when the special quiet night is over. In looking at Völk’s pictures, you can feel the clear winter air, hear the ringing of bells and the crunching of snow and discover new details with every glance.
Julie Völk

Rainy Day for Dragons

Drachenregentage
How a Cozy Rainy Day Led To an Exciting Trip to Dragonland

Actually, Toni and the dog wanted to spend the rainy day on the sofa - with pillows and cocoa and books. Then the doorbell rang and in walked Fred, an elegant dragon and a great friend, carrying an umbrella. Fred needed to pee, but Toni's loo was much too small for a dragon. What to do? Toni and the dog offer suggestions, but none of them seem right for a dragon with style. After all, who has ever seen a dragon peeing against a tree? No one! Fred has to deal with it, because it's becoming urgent. So he sweeps up his friends and sets them on his back for a flight to Dragonland, where there are magnificent floating pagodas . . .

Julie Völk's atmospheric picture worlds are not just an homage to cozy rainy days. The artist manages to tell a witty dragon adventure story while addressing a need that we all, not just dragons, sometimes have when we need to find a private place to go.
Einar Turkowski: Aus dem Schatten trat ein Fuchs
Einar Turkowski

Out of the shadows stepped a Fox

Aus dem Schatten trat ein Fuchs
“Out of the shadows crept a fox”... this is how Einar Turkowski's new masterpiece begins. For the first time ever, he combines his unique pencil drawings with colour. He takes the viewer on a search for happiness in his very own visual language. The fox roams through the night and a bird of paradise joins him. Both are colourful, both are looking for something, and neither one is quite sure where he’s going.
The landscape sometimes seems enchanted and reassuring, other times forbidding and threatening.
The night is still young, still long. But the more it advances, the more power it gains. The wanderers are close to losing heart and close to giving in to the dark mood. But the colour has been waiting to be found. It shows itself and gives the fox new courage for facing life. And the bird? He too finds his place and enchants us with his sad songs.
Einar Turkowski

The Moon Flower

Die Mondblume
In an old stone house on an island, there lives a man. Every day he traces the meandering paths, steep steps and hidden corners of his garden. One evening, in his favorite place in the garden he discovers a new plant. The man is eager to know what kind of plant it is, but he can’t find the plant in any of his gardening books. He nurtures and cares for the plant, and it begins to grow and sprout leaves, then one day it produces a huge bud. The man waits patiently for the bud to open.

He keeps the plant company at tea-time, and even puts on a play for it. But the bud stays closed – until the night of the full moon . . .

Einar Turkowski’s delicate penciled masterpieces reveal even the tiniest detail. Even though the pictures are in black and white, they are rich with nuance and they suggest a richly poetic world that transports and amazes the reader.
 

Rights sold to Italy, Taiwan, China, South Africa, Sweden, Spain (Spanish and Catalan), Belarus and Turkey

Lilli Thal

Creature of Stone, Creature of Gold

Tier aus Stein, Tier aus Gold
One Must Turn to Stone, One Must Turn to Gold, But the Third Will Be Sighted Blind

Of Gods and Humans, Creatures and Demons

What's hidden in the wilderness behind the temple? That's what Ion, Kedros and Smirkos are determined to find out. Coming upon a strange glow, they have no idea that they have violated the sacred grove of a goddess, and that their innocent children's game sets in motion a curse that will place them in great danger five years hence. Lilli Thal's fantasy-adventure novel is exciting and full of dark secrets in its setting of gods and humans, creatures and demons. For readers seeking immersion into distant worlds and times and for those who love Greek mythology.
Karsten Teich: Paul und Opa fahren Rad
Karsten Teich

Grandpa goes for a bike ride

Paul und Opa fahren Rad
Paul is spending his summer holiday with Grandpa in the country.
Grandpa’s great – but life in the country sure isn’t! No Internet, no cinema – Grandpa doesn’t even have a car! But then the two find a red folding bicycle in a ditch on the side of the road. They work together to fix it up. The tires need to be patched and the chain oiled, and of course it needs working brakes and a bell. Paul also has to get a helmet.
Finally they’re ready and Paul and Grandpa ride uphill and downhill on the path to the lake.
Not even a flat tire can stop them now!
In this heartwarming and humorous picture book, children learn all the essentials about owning and riding a bicycle. It’s a grandfather and grandson holiday adventure for bike-lovers great and small!

Rights sold to Slovenia and Russia

Jens Sparschuh, Julia Dürr

Jakob's Shell

Jakobs Muschel
When Jakob holds his shell to his ear, he hears the sound of the ocean. And when he closes his eyes, he can even see it. One day, while he’s sitting on the jungle gym between the apartment buildings, who shows up but Jonas — Jonas the cool kid with the expensive tennis and sharp tongue who always picks on him. Quick as a flash, Jonas swipes Jakob’s shell.
While Jonas takes one look down and, frightened of falling, holds on tight with both hands, Jacob closes his eyes, listens to the reclaimed shell, and suddenly he can see him: Jonny the pirate, the notorious thief of the high seas. With that wart on his nose, he sure looks a lot like Jonas. A storm closes in and the pirate ship goes down. Unfortunately not all of the pirates can swim. Does Jonas know how? A humorous story about little tough guys, big dreamers, and the power of the imagination.

(One might consider changing the names to more similar English spellings: Jacob, Jonas, Johnny)
Jens Sparschuh, Julia Dürr

Julia and Her Little Great-Grandfather August

Julia und ihr kleiner Urgroßvater
Why Great-Grandfather August Wears Blue and White Socks and Can Dance Like a Champion

When Julia arrives in Gross Neuendorf, August is waiting for her at the bus stop. Joyfully he tosses his hat into the air. "We'll do something special every day!" he says happily. Julia likes to sit on the bench in August's workshop watching him as he works. August tells her about earlier times - like when he was a ferryman on the river. Sometimes Tim comes to visit. Then they all go fishing. When August gets tired, Julia sits on his bed and tucks him in. Back in school, Julia's thoughts often return to August. One afternoon in October Julia and her mother return to Gross Neuendorf. Lying on the hat rack is a cross with a bow . . .

A lovely story about the things that bind together the very young and the very old.
Ilka Sokolowski, Sophie Schmid: Wir feiern durch das ganze Jahr
Ilka Sokolowski, Sophie Schmid

Celebrating Throughout the Year

Wir feiern durch das ganze Jahr
The Great Book of Holidays and Traditions

What does “Rosenmontag” have to do with roses? When is “the Tag des Buches”? Why do Christians celebrate Christmas? The answers to these and many other exciting questions can be found in this colorful non-fiction book for the entire family: across 112 elaborately illustrated pages, it offers a wealth of background information and suggestions for the nicest regional, national, and international holidays and traditions. Included are arts & crafts tips, recipes, poems, and folk wisdom for the most important Christian, Jewish, and Muslim festivities. Old and new traditions throughout the year are waiting to be rediscovered and celebrated.

This is a lovingly designed manual for browsing through. It’s perfect for families, schools, and preschools. With this book, almost every day is a holiday!