Rotraut Susanne Berner: Monika und Mingus
Rotraut Susanne Berner

Monika and Mingus

Monika und Mingus
Who doesn't know them, the orange tabby cat Monika and the black tomcat Mingus with the white paws? The two of them experience numerous adventures in all seasons in their little town of Wimmlingen and are the masters of skilfully hiding on the wimmel pages. Rotraut Susanne Berner tells their love story here in cheerful verse that even little listeners are sure to soon enjoy speaking along with.
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.
Christiane Schwabbaur, Henrike Wilson

Happy Penguins

Pinguin im Glück
Joy is Contagious!

It's the scene at the Pole: a penguin standing. Here comes another, wearing a scarf. Then another, with a cap. They stand together that way as the winter wind blows. Then comes another, passing all the others by. One that follows its beak and clearly has a goal in mind. That runs and does a cannonball splash into the blue water, just for fun! Have you ever heard of such a thing? Luckily, joy is contagious, and pretty soon all the penguins are romping around in the water, splashing and snorting. We'd love to join them.
It's hard to imagine a funnier, more focused depiction of a transformation from gloom into pure joy and happiness. Warning: it's contagious!
Ute Krause

Are They Coming Too?

Feiern die auch mit?
Christmas Chaos in a Cheerful Blended Family - What a Gift!
December is the loveliest month in the year - and certainly the most stressful, at least when planning gifts for everyone in a 41-person blended family. Even when that particular problem is solved (thanks to a lucky inspiration), there are lots of challenges to meet before all the Christmas trees, holiday meals and presents have reached their final destinations. But no matter how much hustle and bustle goes into the preparations, by the time of the snowball fight - complete with stale dumplings from Christmas dinner - everyone -- robbers, princesses and dragon children alike - is filled with the Christmas spirit. This is an action-packed, jolly Christmas tale with enchanting highlights for everyone -- not just blended families.
Sabine Lohf

Winter is Lovely!

Der Winter ist schön!
Winter Time is Time to Create!
Winter is the best time of year to create and play! Whether an ice princess, a cork reindeer, or a pine cone angel: starting with simple materials like these you can make great gifts for Christmas or St. Nicholas. Nature provides lots of material for making things - did you know that you can make many things with snow besides a snowman? And if it's really cold, so much the better. Take frozen coloured water, and one, two, three: you've got giant ice marbles. Give it a try!

This inviting book with its child-friendly and colorful ideas for indoor and outdoor projects will lead to hours of song, play and crafting.Winter was never so fun!
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.
Ute Krause

When Will They Ever Leave?

Wann gehen die wieder?
The Life of a Blended Family - Original, Fresh, and Full of Confidence

During a moonlit night a family of robbers, each carrying a little red suitcase, trots through the woods. Why is that? Well, the robber children are sometimes with their papa and sometimes with their mama. The children have two homes, which accounts for the suitcases. They have two birthday parties, two sets of rules, and two toothbrushes. But they're not at all eager to make friends with Papa's new girlfriend and all of her prince and princess children. The robber children succeed in chasing away the entire princess household, but then they realize it's not going to solve their problem. They take an altogether different approach, with the result that this jolly and optimistic blended family story has a brilliant ending.

Rights sold to Russia, Hungary, Korea, The Netherlands, Spain (with Catalan)

Daniela Kulot: Bald bist du gesund, kleine Katze!
Daniela Kulot

Soon You'll be Well Again, Little Cat!

Bald bist du gesund, kleine Katze!
I'm Here for You!
The cat is sick,
Lies weak on the bed,
Her toes hurt,
And so does her head . . .

Everyone gets sick sometimes, whether they're small or grown up. What we need then, above all, is a little bit of comforting - from someone who'll hug us, love us, warm us up and take us in their arms.

A book for reading together, to give as a get-well gift, as heart-warming as a hug
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
Rotraut Susanne Berner: Armin, der Buchhändler
Rotraut Susanne Berner

Armin the bookseller

Armin, der Buchhändler
Everyone knows Armin. He is the bookseller in Wimmlingen. There are lots of great books to buy from him. One day Petra tells him that at night the characters from the books come to life. Yes, and what happens when Little Red Riding Hood, Pinocchio and many other children's book heroes have a midnight party in Armin's shop is shown in this rhymed story by Rotraut Susanne Berner.