Johannes Herwig

Half Lion

Halber Löwe
Rough in the Sound of the Street, Full of Heart Underneath

The last year of school begins for Sascha. Hanging out in the condemned house and increasingly dangerous tests of courage with his buddies: Is this what the rest of his life looks like? And then something happens. Something that shatters everything that used to be and calls into question everything that can still be. To duck away any further - impossible.
Rough in the sound of the street, full of heart underneath: in his new novel, Johannes Herwig tells of a friendship that seems to be above everything, and of the difficulty of taking responsibility. For those you care about - and for yourself.

Cornelia Franz

Swing High

Swing High
Swing Dancing on the Volcano

Hamburg, Summer 1939. As the Second World War looms ever closer, Henri and his friends spend a seemingly carefree summer together. They meet at the swimming pool or in the park, and someone always brings a gramophone along - and then things really heat up! Jazz music enchants the "Swingbuddies" with their relaxed "joie de vivre". But this music is a thorn in the Nazis' side.

It's a dangerous dance on a volcano. One evening when Henri and his girlfriend encounter a Gestapo patrol, they find themselves caught up in a matter of life and death . . .

This book, based on true stories of the Hamburg Swing Dance youth from 1939 to 1941, tells the suspenseful story of an uprising in the middle of World War II. The "Swings" were brave, uncompromising and full of life!
Johannes Herwig

Heroes Of The Shard

Scherbenhelden
Leipzig, 1995: The city is in an upheaval. Nino lives alone with his father and has the usual headaches of a fifteen-year-old: stress in school, a first love. One day he and his best friend Max are caught shoplifting, then he’s bailed out by a group of punks that one day will claim him as their own. Then comes more aggravation: conflict with his father, feelings for a girl who carries a dark secret, and daily threats from neo-Nazis that seem to be everywhere. What’s more, Nino is determined to find out why his mother left him and his father behind just before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Johannes Herwig (“Until the Stars Tremble”) has set against the background of German unification this raw and emotional portrait of youth in the grip of change and aimlessness. This is a story of hope.
Johannes Herwig

Until the Stars Tremble

Bis die Sterne zittern
Leipzig, 1936. On the first day of the summer holidays,
16-year-old Harro gets into a fight with members of the
Hitler Youth. He unexpectedly gets help from like-minded
people who, like him, want nothing to do with the Nazi
ideology. In the year that follows, everything changes for
Harro. Conflicts with his parents and trouble at school,
nights at campfires, political action, first love – and above
all, the fear that his wild activities might have dangerous
consequences.
The "Leipzig Meuten", a group of oppositional youth gangs,
inspired Johannes Herwig’s debut. His discussion of growing
up in a dictatorship is powerful, thrilling, and emotional.
The questions he poses are as applicable now as
they were then: should one participate, should one quietly
adjust, or should one resist?
Maja Nielsen

The Tunnelbuilder

Der Tunnelbauer
Berlin 1961: Things couldn't be better for Achim - he has his Abitur in the bag, a place at university is
secure and Chris, the girl he secretly loves, seems to like him too. But everything changes overnight with the building of the Wall, the GDR regime takes a tougher tone. Distrust, persecution and arrests are the order of the day. When one of his friends ends up in prison, Achim makes a difficult decision he must get out of East Berlin and leave everyone he loves behind. Once on the other side, he does everything he can
to help people escape from the GDR. Together with other helpers, he digs tunnels from West to East Berlin in constant fear of being discovered by the Stasi and full of hope that one day he will see Chris again.
A gripping novel about the legendary tunnel escapes from the GDR, based on a true story.
Dirk Reinhardt

Train Kids

Train Kids
The 14-year-old Miguel leaves his village in the Guatemalan mountains to find his mother. Years ago, she left him and his sister Juana to work in the United States. She has stayed in this far-away land for many years, never coming back, although she has been promising to do so again and again. But Miguel doesn’t want to be put off anymore. He needs to find out about his mother’s disappearance. Has she stopped loving him and his sister?
With a heavy heart Miguel leaves his sister behind and starts out on a long northbound journey. At the Mexican border he meets others who have the same destination: mysterious Fernando, little Ángel, smart Jaz and silent Emilio. They decide to take a chance together. All of them are driven by their longing for the people they have lost and by their hope for a better life.
Freight trains are the only way to cross Mexico. And soon Miguel and the others realize that they are part of a much bigger trek rolling northbound. Thousands of people are travelling as blind passengers on the trains, facing many risks. One false step when jumping on the train, one unattended moment on the roof, one careless slumber at night and their lives might be over. Corrupt police men and greedy robber bands are hunting them. They are suffering from thirst and hunger, from the heat in the jungle, the coldness in the mountains and the drought in the desert.

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Dirk Reinhardt

Over the Mountains and Over the Sea

Über die Berge und über das Meer
Every year in spring, the nomads stop by Soraya's village on their way to their summer home in the Afghan mountains. Accompanying them is Tarek, who knows sheep better than anyone else and is a wonderful storyteller. But this year Soraya waits for him in vain. According to an old tradition, as the seventh daughter in her family, she was raised as a boy and was able to move freely and attend school. But as a 14-year-old, she has reached the age where she should be living as a girl again in the quiet of her home. In fact the Taliban has, in no uncertain terms, mandated that she do so. They have also threatened Tarek and expect him to put his excellent animal tracking abilities to work for them. The nomads' plight worsens dramatically. Tarek and Soraya can see no other way and each journey out into the world, without knowing where the other is or what they're doing. Unexpectedly, they cross paths in the mountains.
Maja Nielsen

A Crime in Eden 1919

Tatort Eden 1919
From Breckerfeld to Berlin! The 17-year-old Biko can hardly believe his luck. He actually got into the famous Artistenschule, a training academy for circus performers in Berlin! An old suitcase in the lost and found at the Artistenschule sends him 100 years back in time to a tumultuous time in Berlin – the era of the First World War, the November Revolution, and the murder of Rosa Luxemburg.
A Crime in Eden in 1919 – a genuine political crime story begins. But modern-day Berlin is also very exciting: As the son of an African, Biko is presumed to be one of the many refugees who've arrived in the city. And all of a sudden, he finds that there is much more at stake than his dream of being a performer ...
Stepha Quitterer

A Beginner's Guide to Improving the World

Weltverbessern für Anfänger
Mina’s school announces an essay competition: A Beginner’s Guide to Improving the World. Really!?
First prize – a trip to Tallinn, Estonia
– goes to the class with the most enthusiasm for the subject. That leaves Mina cold at first. But then her grandma goes into a nursing home and all of a sudden it’s clear where a person could have a clear impact on someone’s
daily life.

So Mina organizes a nursing home visiting service – not an easy assignment for a class that even the school psychologist avoids.
What’s more, she has to deal with toxic classmates, a failed romance, boring teachers and her parents’ split-up.
After a rough start, what follows is a total surprise, not just for Mina . . . !
This bold and pitch-perfect debut novel by Stephanie Quitterer sets off ideas like fireworks.
Volker Mehnert, Tim Köhler

Magellan - Or Great Moments in Ocean Exploration

Magellan
In 1519 a fleet of five ships with 265 men aboard sets out from Spain’s Atlantic coast to find a western route to the legendary Spice Islands. Their commander is Portugal’s Magellan, a brilliant seaman and a determined explorer.

On September 6, 1522 a single, worm-eaten ship is the only vessel to return. On board are 18 ragged sailors, more dead than alive. Magellan is not
among them . . .

Three years had consumed the voyage that began as an expedition and became a trip that no human had accomplished before – a circumnavigation of the globe.

This book tells the story of Magellan’s astonishing achievement in a gripping narrative and evocative illustrations
Judith Burger

Ringo, Me and The Completely Clueless Summer

Ringo, ich und ein komplett ahnungsloser Sommer
Outside, the world zooms by. Asta sits in the train, anticipating what promises to be the best summer ever. Because in Geschrey, the most remote place in the world, the days are longer, the rain is gentler, and time passes slower than anywhere else - and it's also where Ringo lives. Asta and her best friend will swim in the lake, hang out, eat ice cream, and act silly. Not to mention act in a play: this summer for the first time, Asta will have a small role in the summer theater run by Asta's parents.

But instead, everything turns out wrong. All of a sudden Ringo is the star of the play and Asta is left high and dry. Will their friendship survive?

A summer story full of poetry and lightness. And the history of a great friendship.
Stepha Quitterer, Claudia Weikert

Pepe and the Octopus - Escape from the Waste Mafia

Pepe und der Oktopus auf der Flucht vor der Müllmafia
Let's Escape The Waste Mafia!

An eleven-year-old boy and an octopus are on the run from the waste mafia. Men in magpie-blue suits, brutal profiteers, want to get rid of the octopus, which the sea animals have sent out to convince people to stop dumping their plastic waste into nature and to ban plastic altogether.
A wild, constantly surprising and funny chase halfway around the world, a thrilling road trip, realistic environmental thriller and a story of an extraordinary friendship.

Linguistically witty, fast-paced, original and told with a modern sensibility – the new story by Stepha Quitterer is a must-have for all young fans of James Bond and Indiana Jones!

Volker Mehnert, Claudia Lieb

Magical Places

Magische Orte
On the Trail of Myths and Secrets - A Journey to the Magical Places on Earth
There are places in the world that have their own special magic. A peak like Mount Everest, surrounded by myths and secrets. Or lonely Easter Island, with its stone giants - a mystery even today. Then there is legendary Atlantis: no one knows if it really existed. A crevice in Iceland, the meeting place of two continents full of unimaginable power. These are some sites, places and even cities that have their own "magic", or at least leave a magical impression on humans, even if it's pure fantasy!

This book leads us on a world tour of 18 magical sites. It's no ordinary journey, but a wild, daring trip never undertaken before!

Acclaimed artist Claudia Lieb's evocative illustrations bring the magic of these special places to life!

Contents:
Atlantis - An Ancient Myth of Humankind
Thingvellir - The Parliament in the Continental Divide
Stonehenge - The Dance of the Giants
Lorelei - The Charming Maiden of the Rhine
Delphi - Sacred Oracle at the Hub of the Universe
Timbuktu - The Mirage at the Edge of the Desert?
Brandberg Mountain - Art Museum under the Sky
Tutankhamun's Grave - Buried for 3,000 Years in Desert Sands
Jerusalem - Birthplace of Three World Religions
Mount Everest - The Roof of the Earth
Mount Tai Shan - The Stairway to Heaven
Fujiyama - The Most Beautiful Mountain on Earth?
Uluru - The Memorial in Sandstone
Easter Island - The Home of the Stony Giants
Macchu Picchu - Ghost City in the Mountain Peaks
Palenque - Sunken in the Ancient Jungle
Mesa Verde - Life on the Precipice
The Milky Way -- Magical Flickerings from the Starry Sky
Vitali Konstantinov

All the Money in the World

Alles Geld der Welt
A world without money is hard to imagine. Every nation has its own currency. And our everyday lives, whether we’re at home, shopping or enjoying leisure time -- are marked by daily exchanges of money.

But what is money really? Coins, bills, something stored in the bank? What about something complicated, like cryptocurrencies? Money is a huge subject. Who invented it, and when and why? What was trade like before money? And why is money divided up so unequally?

Ever since money has existed, there have been arguments about what it is. A means to an end, or an end in itself? A thing, or an idea? A blessing or a curse? There has been every possible explanation.

And yet, money remains a puzzle.

With the help of this entertaining but informative graphic nonfiction book, at last we can begin to understand this puzzle and perhaps even become skilled money managers!

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Vitali Konstantinov

It Is Written

Es steht geschrieben
Carve patterns on stones, shells and bones, drawings in the sand and messages on birch barks: Our ancestors already had the desire to use simple or even complicated characters to communicate with each other . And we imitate them until today! In an entertaining comic style, this book follows the development of over 100 writings from around the world, from the very beginning up to the digital age: from Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics to the Greek alphabet all the way to today's emoji's and invented languages like Klingon.

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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.

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Judith Burger, Ulrike Möltgen

Roberta in Love

Roberta verliebt
Roberta is absolutely sure: she is in love!

She fell in love with Felix, the new one in her drawing course. From now on she has to think of him, always and everywhere! But she is just eleven years old and her mom thinks an eleven year old girl isn’t yet able to fall in love with anyone. However Felix stays in her mind, in her heart and in her tummy, he is simply everywhere. Unfortunately she doesn’t even know where he lives. How can she meet him again? How can she tell him about her feelings for him? And how can she make him also to fall in love with her?!
Fortunately, to be in love with someone else doesn’t only mean to be lovesick, it also grants one superpowers!
Judith Burger, Ulrike Möltgen

Gertrude Beyond Borders

Gertrude grenzenlos
Who names their child Gertrude?! Gertrude is the new kid in Ina's class and she's different from all the other girls that Ina knows. She's got Western clothes, a smile that'll bowl you over, and the bluest eyes you've ever seen. But Gertrude is also different because her father is a poet and her family has applied for an exit visa. In the DDR of the late 70s, this meant they were enemies of the state. Not only is the school against their friendship, but Ina's mother is up in arms. Things go off the rails.
What to do when you've found the friend of a lifetime but everything's so complicated? Ina and Gertrude forge a plan they call "Commando Rose" to protect their friendship against all odds
Cornelia Franz, Petra Baan

How I Saved Einstein's Life

Wie ich Einstein das Leben rettete
It’s shortly before midnight on February 28, 2020, and Emily is on board the
Queen Mary 2, sailing toward New York. Tomorrow is her 12th birthday and the
ocean crossing is her birthday present.

Suddenly, she finds herself in an entirely
new place and time -- on board a refugee ship in the year 1913!

The same happens to Lorenzo and Malik, who have made this trip before. They relate the news that after the ship arrives in New York, a fire will break out, killing and injuring many on board. They must prevent this catastrophe! Somehow they have to find a way to travel back in time. If there’s anyone that can help, it’s Albert Einstein.

A suspenseful adventure story that looks back in time to 1913, when many German citizens left everything behind to start a new life in a foreign land.

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Kathrin Wolf, Isabel Kreitz

In an Old House in Berlin

In einem alten Haus in Berlin
In 1871 the Schwartz family, keeper of a pharmacy, proudly moves into their new house – a house that will showcase German history and everyday life in Berlin for the next 150 years. We follow the family through five generations and witness with them the days of Empire and World Wars, and the building, then the fall, of the Wall. And throughout, we see the constant activity of its children: Karl and Martha, Ursula and Peter, and Laura and Ben. We look on as the events of the wider world shape their own lives.

Detailed pictures teeming with activity and informative captions make history easier to grasp, and bring Berlin to life!
Christine Schulz-Reiss, Claudia Lieb

World Religions

Das Hausbuch der Weltreligionen
Why do Hindus worship plants and animals? Why do Buddhists practice yoga? Why don‘t Jews switch on electric light on a Sabbath? What do Christians celebrate when they take the Eucharist, and what is written in the Quran? Each of these five major religions is a colorful world of its own, opaque and mysterious for outsiders. This opulently designed book bids us enter these worlds and affords a vivid picture of their contents and peculiarities.
Written in a gripping, plastic manner, it reacquaints the reader with what he thought he knew, providing in-depth analyses as well as background information about these alien faiths, showing in the process that, for all their differences, these major religions have a lot in common.
Multiple award-winning illustrator Claudia Lieb has devised a breathtaking visual language which is bound to turn this book into a bibliophile gem.
Volker Mehnert, Claudia Lieb

Alexander von Humboldt

Alexander von Humboldt
Wanderlust, an insatiable thirst for knowledge, and enough energy for two lives: Alexander von Humboldt was the greatest traveler and most famous scientist of his time.
The "true discoverer of America” climbed the highest volcanoes, navigated unmapped rivers, discovered the flora and fauna of exotic lands, inspired contemporaries such as Goethe and Darwin, and exchanged ideas with the American president Thomas Jefferson and the freedom fighter Simón Bolívar. This fancifully illustrated book invites us to play the role of Humboldt's traveling companion and lets us marvel at the vast array of life this famous scientist helped to reveal.

With an index and and illustrated directory of historical figures.

Rights sold to China, Italy, Vietnam, USA (English rights worldwide) and Croatia

Maja Nielsen, Sophie Schmid

Maria Sibylla Merian

Maria Sibylla Merian
The Famous Naturalist - Profiled for Children

In 1699 Maria Sibylla Merian travels to the tropical rainforest in Surinam. Accompanied only by her daughter Dorothea, she commences her great ambition: observing and drawing insects in every stage of their development. For years, Sibylla has been fascinated by the way caterpillars transform into gorgeous butterflies. This book recounts the childhood of the famous artist and naturalist; of her courageous journeys into ancient forests, and of the origin of her stunning books that even today have no equal.

Simple text boxes contain facts and background details appropriate for young readers. Lively illustrations stimulate our interest in the magical world of insects and the life of an unusual, self-confident woman.

All rights available

Silke Vry, Claudia Lieb

The Dinosaur at the Rock. The Adventures of the First Bone Hunters.

Der Dinosaurier im Fels
Who discovered Tyrannosaurus rex?

A twelve-year old girl stands alone on the rough cliffs of southern England and taps rhythmically with a hammer against the rock; two renowned scientists compete for a discovery in a »fight to the bones«; one day, a young adventurer peeks into the empty eye sockets of a Tyrannosaurus rex... this book tells the suspenseful stories of the first fossil hunters. At a time when most people still believed that the Earth was just a few thousand years old, and few imagined that giant prehistoric lizards once ruled the planet, these hardy pioneering researchers were literally prying dinosaur bones out of the rock – and proving just the opposite to a skeptical world.
With many illustrations, fossil and research profiles, and appendices.
Cornelia Franz, Petra Baan

Wild Land

Wildesland
Alone in the Wilderness

Matthis has been roaming the summer forests of Norway with his dog Tara for days. He collects berries, catches fish, makes fires or swims in one of the many lakes. If it weren't for the thoughts of the fight with his parents, the words he had shouted after them, the accident... If only he wasn't always so unrestrained! Out of nowhere, a mysterious girl suddenly appears in the forest who knows how to fry earthworms. Jule speaks little, except when she tells stories about trolls. And she always disappears just as suddenly as she appeared... An adventurous summer story about loud and quiet feelings and life in nature.
Silke Lambeck, Barbara Jung

My Friend Otto, the Big Secret and I

Mein Freund Otto, das große Geheimnis und ich
It’s going on a lot in Matti’s and Otto’s lives. Matti has a VERY strange feeling when he’s looking at Mina, who is the new girl in their class and very good in playing soccer. Recently Otto has begun to comb his hair. And as if that was not strange enough, Matti’s dad suddenly appears in front of their door, the dad who didn’t get in touch with him for more than five years. But Otto’s mum moves out. For now.
To make friends with Mina is a little bit difficult, because she doesn’t even want to tell where she lives. However Matti and Otto want to give her extra lessons in Math, so that she won’t be bothered by the horrible Misses “Streiter” anymore. A great mess for the two boys. But they absolutely need to find out what’s wrong with Mina…
A modern city children story about boys in love, parents without any plans and tough girls. About “Hotte Zimmermann”, “Bruda Berlin” and the “Horrific Twins”. A story about big secrets and great emotions.
Silke Lambeck, Barbara Jung

The Santa Project

Das Weihnachtsmannprojekt
This year will be different, Paul’s mother declares: we’re going to have a quiet Christmas without the relatives! Grandma is appalled, and Paul’s little sister Frida is furious. As if that weren’t enough, Frida’s teacher says there’s no Santa! Paul can’t bear to see Frida disappointed – he’s determined to prove that there really is a Santa.

On top of that, somehow he’s got to pull his family together and make sure they have a real Christmas. But that’s easier said than done . . .
 Funny, spirited and original, here’s a Christmas story for reading – and reading aloud – for the whole family.
Lena Zeise

How the Cat Came to Us

Wie die Katze zu uns kam
Of Cats and Men.

Egyptian deity or shipboard mouse catcher, heroine of fairy tales and myths or beloved pet: it is impossible to imagine our lives without cats! For many thousands of years, they have had a place in our homes, yards and hearts. We accompany the cat on its foray through world events - from the hearths of our Stone Age ancestors to its celebrity appearance in millions of YouTube clicks .
This book gives a fascinating account of the many ways those velvet paws came to us - and have stayed until today! Innovative comic strips complement the informative text and animate the stories of these whiskered protagonists in an entertaining way.

Anke Dörrzapf, Claudia Lieb: Die wunderbaren Reisen des Marco Polo
Anke Dörrzapf, Claudia Lieb

Marco Polo. Incredible Travels to the End of the World

Die wunderbaren Reisen des Marco Polo
In 1271, 17-year-old Marco Polo, scion of a Venetian merchant dynasty, embarks on a journey that will take him far beyond the edge of the known world. 25 years later he
returns to tell wondrous tales. »Emperors, kings and princes, knights and citizens – and all of you who are avid to learn about the manifold splendors of the countries of this world - take up this book and have it read to you. Here you will find a plethora of wonderful and remarkable things, indeed …« This is the beginning of one of the world’s greatest tales of travel: Il Milione – The Wonders of the World. And they’re wonderful tales, indeed, that Marco Polo tells us: After visiting Acre, he travels to the Persian Gulf via Baghdad andends up at the court of Kublai Khan.
He enters his services and travels through China and India. After many adventures he finally returns to Venice.

In this opulently designed book the adventures of the famous traveller are retold in a colorful manner. Colorful in a double sense, as Claudia Lieb’s fantastic illustrations, inspired by Asian and Oriental art, commentate and complement a wealth of factual information, resulting in an exhilarating blend that takes us on a reader’s journey from medieval Venice to Beijing and back! A classic gem among the literature of discovery and exploration
recasts in a modern way.

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Frank Schwieger, Anne Bernhardi

Richard at the Knight's Castle

Richard auf der Ritterburg
The year is 1189 and we are in the deepest Middle Ages - a time of knights, castles and peasants. Eleven-year-old Richard is a peasant boy and lives with his family in a small village. Richard's parents are serfs of the knight Kunibert, and they are barely getting by. One night the village is attacked by robbers and the family's four pigs and chickens are stolen. A catastrophe! How are they supposed to pay their taxes and get through the winter? Then Richard has a bold plan: he'll go to Knight Kunibert and ask him for help. Secretly, he sneaks out of the house and sets off. On the way he meets wandering bathers, journeymen on the road, monks, jugglers and pilgrims - and Agnes, Kunibert's daughter! Agnes, who is anything but a spoilt damsel, decides to help Richard. An exciting medieval adventure begins!
With many illustrations and factual information about the Middle Ages.
Silke Lambeck, Karsten Teich

Mr. Flowers

Herr Röslein
Ever since Mo moved to the new city with his family, things have been pretty messed up at home and at school. Then Mo meets Mr. Flowers in the apartment stairway. Right away Mo senses something different about the friendly older man with the gray ponytail. It turns out that he bakes awesome cookies, knows where to find tucked-away umbrellas, tames tigers at the zoo – and can make the most unbelievable things come true . . .

This charming story is told with compassion and good humor, and will warm the hearts of children – of all ages!

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Anke Bär

William's Journey

Wilhelms Reise
The scene is Bremerhaven, the year is 1872. Fleeing the squalor and crippling poverty of his home village, young William embarks the Columbia bound for America. Among his few belongings is a sketch-book to which he commits his various observations on board the ship: the hard work of the sailors, daily tribulations such as vermin or the friction due to overcrowding ‘tween-decks, rough seas and dead calm. On a brighter note, there are pleasant scenes such as children playing or the nocturnal phenomenon of marine phosphorescence. At last the big day has arrived: The Columbia berths at the Port of New York!

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Judith Homoki, Martin Haake

At the Sea!

Am Meer
A Gripping Journey of Discovery at the Coasts of the World

Where is the land where pepper grows? Why is there ebb and flow? Who landed before Columbus in America? And why do we love a holiday at the seashore? Welcome to a trip around the oceans of the Earth, from the Wattenmeer mud flats to Waikiki, from Brighton to the Barrier Reef, from the time the first fish brought life to the land to the coastal metropolises of today.
This sumptuously illustrated book draws us into the world of coasts Richly detailed large format illustrations show critical developments of human life at the seashore, at different eras and in different regions of the Earth Alternating with these are meticulous maps of the oceans with current facts, meaningful events, and important personalities.

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Frank Schwieger, Anne Bernhardi

Julia in Ancient Rome

Julia im Alten Rom
A suspenseful paper chase through the Eternal City

In the year 64 CE, eleven-year-old Julia is on a mission. In the metropolis of Rome, which is home to millions, she must locate Daniel Maltinus, the one doctor who can save her severely ill father. What follows is a race against time that takes Julia from her home in exclusive Esquilino to the senators at the Roman Forum, to the Subura, the poor people's quarter, and then to the Emperor's Palace. With Julia leading the way, we learn about the lives of the ancient Romans, the history of their immense Empire, and the famous landmarks of the ancient city: the temples, theaters and baths, the Circus Maximus and the Gladiator School. We even meet Emperor Nero himself!
Silke Lambeck, Karsten Teich

Mr. Flowers Returns

Herr Röslein kommt zurück
Calling Mr. Flowers! We need you! Though a telescope, Moritz has witnessed the kidnapping of the ice cream vendor Pippa. His friendly neighbor with the gray ponytail and the secret magical powers would be a big help right now!
 
Everyone could use a friend like Mr. Flowers! Here’s another warm and funny story that’s sure to become a classic.

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Silke Lambeck, Barbara Jung

My Friend Otto, the Wild Life and I

Mein Freund Otto, das wilde Leben und ich
"Otto once said that our lives are far too tame and since then I've been thinking about the wild life. Maybe he was right. But if he was right, then what should we do?"
Matti and Otto have known each other their whole lives, except for the first three weeks. They live in a place where everyone goes on vacation: downtown Berlin. They go to yoga and play the piano. Matti laughs all the time and Otto can't sing. So everything's pretty normal – too normal??? One day at school they discover a video of Brotha Berlin rapping on YouTube and decide that something's got to change!
The only question is how ... A big-city story for the children of today. It's a tale about friendship, oddball teachers and weirdo neighbors, real estate sharks and dangerous gangsters, mothers and fathers – in other words, the wild life!
Frank Schwieger, Janna Steimann: Erik, der Wikingerjunge
Frank Schwieger, Janna Steimann

Eric, the Viking Boy

Erik, der Wikingerjunge
A farm on the Baltic Sea, ca. 950. Erik‘s brother Leif, who took off on a Viking voyage months ago ready for adventure and hungry for loot, still hasn‘t returned. Erik sets off
for the big Viking port He- deby in search of his brother, but no one there has heard any news of Leif or his ship, the Whale Rider. Just as Erik is beginning to give up hope, a
dragon ship appears on the horizon.

We accompany Erik on his journey and learn what the Viking community looked like, which gods they worshipped, why the raids they led with their fast ships were so
successful for such a long time, and why they loved hair combs. We attend a Viking feast, watch a ship being built, and look over the shoulders of merchants and craftspeople.
An atmospheric non-fiction picture book about these legendary northeners and about the successful outcome of an adventurous journey. With impres- sive illustrations and
exciting information about the life and culture of Vikings, who, contrary to their reputation, were not only menacing pirates but also farmers, merchants, seafarers, and
explorers.
Silke Lambeck, Barbara Jung

My Friend Otto, the Blue Wonder, and I

Mein Freund Otto, das Blaue Wunder und ich
Our Summer is Not Swimming!

At eight in the morning, the air is already warm and sweet-smelling. Matti is finally allowed to go barefoot, and it's clear that summer is here! There's nothing better than going to the pool! But, as Matti and Otto stand before the entrance, the Blue Wonder is closed. There's no money to renovate it. Where do they go now? The pool is the answer to every, yes every question in the summertime! Otto and Matti decide they've got to do something! In the end, the swimming pool belongs to everyone, especially the children.
A summertime story with an urban setting about adults who give up too easily and kids that take charge. It's about endless summer days at the most beautiful swimming pool in the city and about how together, things go easier, even if once in a while someone has to break the rules.
Volker Mehnert, Claudia Lieb

Underground Worlds Of Wonder

Unterirdische Wunderwelten
This tour takes us to the fascinating world beneath our feet. We discover a cave with giant pillars of ice, marvel at a starry canopy of millions of fireflies and even find ourselves in the belly of a volcano!
But it's not just nature that has created underground wonders; humans have created them too. Ancient cave cities, secret structures in the depths, and engineering feats like the Gotthard Tunnel are just some of the places we'll explore on our foray through the underworld.

Let's take a trip around the world to 18 hidden places full of legends and secrets!
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.
Thomas Müller

Hamster, Stork and Swallowtail

Hamster, Storch und Schwalbenschwanz
Discover the Varied Biosphere of Countryside and Fields!

An intact cultivated landscape is like a colourful mosaic: meadows, pastures, fields, tree groves and hedges. Crossed by pathways, waterways and rows of blossoms, it’s a rich environment for plants and animals. And it’s good for humans, too!
This large format, splendidly illustrated book is dedicated to the animals that make their homes here, and displays them in all their diversity. A few animals owe their names to this biosphere! But more than just field mice and meadowlarks can be found; countless birds and mammals are native to this environment. We learn about the most important and most interesting ones, and with a little luck, we’ll recognize them on our next visit to the pasture.
Award-winning illustrator Thomas Müller renders the lively environment of countryside and fields in every detailed brushstroke.
Volker Mehnert, Martin Haake: Die großen Flüsse der Welt
Volker Mehnert, Martin Haake

The Great Rivers of the World

Die großen Flüsse der Welt
Which river is the world’s longest, the Nile
or the Amazon? Is the Beautiful Blue Danube really blue? How did the untamed Colorado make its way through the rocky Grand Canyon? And what makes the Nile the lifeline of Egypt?
 
Rivers have always had a special importance for humanity – whether as political or cultural boundary, trade route or religious symbol. This richly illustrated compendium, created in a modern collage style, introduces 18 legendary rivers from all five continents. It shows the rivers’ outstanding features and their diverse flora and fauna, and highlights historical events and personalities associated with each waterway.

There is much to discover – including astonishing facts and important dates– in this masterful and stimulating assemblage of text and image.
 
Features a four page gatefold: The Nile from the Pharaohs until Today

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Silke Lambeck, Karsten Teich

What Does Tomcat Do While I'm Asleep?

Was macht der Kater, wenn ich schlafe?
What does our tomcat do while I’m asleep? That’s what Fritze asks one morning when her tomcat Mika comes home unusually late. Everyone she asks has a different explanation: Mika’s out taking a walk, says Grandpa. Papa says Mika sings in the tomcat choir. Mama says he’s out visiting. And Timmy, the babysitter, maintains that Mika is somewhere spying. Really?, thinks Fritze. None of them are cats – how do they know? What would Mika tell us? And then, Mika tells us his own story .
 
A book for reading and reading aloud. For the whole family, and for anyone who loves cats.
 
Volker Mehnert, Lena Kathinka Schaffer

Let's Celebrate Today!

Heute feiern wir!
Many children can hardly wait for Christmas to finally arrive. But there are many other festivals celebrated around the world! From Easter in Ethiopia to Hanukkah in Israel to the New Year in China: this book invites you to celebrate seven very special, joyful and contemplative festivals with children all over the world. Beginning with a short introduction to each country, it introduces children to the exciting, colourful life of that culture s from preparations to the festive day itself with all its characteristic customs and traditions.
The informative non fiction picture book with its cheerful and colourful hidden pages lets preschool and primary school children participate in the life of children in other cultures and their festivals.

Christmas in Austria - Easter in Ethiopia - Sugar Feast in Morocco - New Years in China - Thanksgiving in Canada - Hanukkah in Israel - Midsommer in Sweden
Stefanie Bölke, Markus Lefrançois

Anna, Lukas and the Pickpocket

Haltet den Dieb!
»Don’t go to the fair! And watch out for pickpockets!« That is the warning that master tailor Antonius Lautensack gives to his children Lukas and Anna. They’re on their way to the cloth merchant Brandis to pick up some new velvet, and they’re carrying a sack of coins to pay for it. But the moment they catch sight of the fire-breather and the onlookers in the bustling marketplace, they forget all about
their father’s advice. As they push their way through the crowd, Lukas gets bumped and jostled this way and that,and when they finally arrive at the cloth merchant’s shop, the coin purse is gone! Now it’s up to the market master to help!

With richly colorful illustrations and a glossary of terms. Developed in collaboration with the Museum of the City of Hildesheim, Germany. Historical advisor: Dr. Stefan Bölke, Curator of Art and Regional History of the City Museum, Roemer-Pelizaeus Museum Hildesheim.
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.
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Bärbel Oftring, Theresa Schwietzer: Bären
Bärbel Oftring, Theresa Schwietzer

Bears

Bären
In this non-fiction picture book, we follow a female bear through the seasons - foraging, hibernating, and raising her offspring.
Along the way, we learn about the distribution of brown bears, about the bear's body and food, and what to watch out for when in an area frequented by bears. And what to do if you actually encounter a bear.
On panoramic gatefold pages we learn everything about bears - and what conditions are necessary for bears and humans to coexist.
The book is conscientiously researched by biologist Bärbel Oftring and accurately and beautifully presented by Theresa Schwietzer.

Ilka Sokolowski, Janine Czichy

Discovering the Wadden Sea

Wildes Leben im Watt
With a seemingly endless horizon, the
rhythmic roar of breaking waves, fresh sea breezes and tangy salt air, it’s no wonder that the Wadden Sea -- part of the North Sea –
is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. On shore and under water, on the tidal wash, on
the dunes and in the air, there is a teeming diversity of life everywhere.
With vivid and lifelike illustrations this nature book introduces readers to the wide variety of Wadden Sea lifeforms and their respective habitats: the tiny North Sea shrimp, the swift Arctic tern, the nimble harbor seal, and countless others.

Many of these creatures can be spotted during a shore hike or while wading in the Wadden. The book tells where and how to look for them
Thomas Müller: Eule, Fuchs und Fledermaus
Thomas Müller

Animals of the Night

Eule, Fuchs und Fledermaus
The sun is going down and all animals prepare to rest for the night. All animals? No! A lot of them spring into action just when the day ends. With Thomas Müller‘s detailed, luminous illustrations we become a part of the nightlife and follow owl, beaver, lynx and moth. We discover which animal leaves its hideout in the forest, near the lake, in a garden or in the city to start living its secret life in the cover of darkness. We learn amazing knowledge about the particular activities and abilities of nocturnal animals, e.g. how a cat is able to see through darkness, or how the echolocation of the bat functions, and what kind of trick the Eurasian bittern employs to become invisible.

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