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Walter raak op die vreemdste plekke aan die slaap en niks of niemand kan hom wakker maak nie. Dan gebeur iets verrassends...

Word wakker, Walter
Walter raak op die vreemdste plekke aan die slaap; in die middel van ’n hewige storm, in die swembad, selfs op sy eie verjaarsdagpartytjie. Sy bekommerde ouers sleep hom na allerhande dokters toe en probeer alles om hom wakker te maak – van gruwelike spinnekoppe en ’n groot blaasorkes van 65 musikante. Maar niks of niemand kan hom wakker maak nie. Dan gebeur daar egter iets verrassends. ’n Prettige prenteboek oor slaap met groot illustrasies en treffende moderne ontwerp deur Pieter Gaudesaboos.

Pieter Gaudesaboos werk in België as illustreerder, ontwerper en skrywer. Hy val op deur sy gevarieerde, unieke styl. Sy boek Linus het De Gouden Uil Jeugliteratuurprys van 2008 gewen. Mannetje Koek schrijt een boek is met ’n boekepluim bekroon. Hy illustreer onder andere ook Tommie en die toringhoë toebroodjie, in 2000 deur Protea Boekhuis gepubliseer.

Lorraine Francis is gebore in Athlone, Ierland. Sy was ook die skrywer van Tommie en die toringhoë toebroodjie, in 2000 deur Protea Boekhuis gepubliseer. Sy werk meermale saam met Pieter Gaudesaboos.

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"Children are not colour-blind" - Mylo Freeman on racial diversity in children's books

Mylo Freeman

 
The Dutch author Mylo Freeman, who gained recognition for her Princess Arabella-series, which features a black princess as main character, recently wrote a piece for The Guardian on how the struggle for diversity in children’s literature still has a long way to go:

I’m a black Dutch author and illustrator of picture books and I’d like to tell you something about my work. The idea for my main character Princess Arabella came from a story I heard about a little black girl who was offered the role of princess in a school play, which she declined, simply because she didn’t believe that a princess could be black. I decided then and there it was high time for a black princess to appear in a picture book! Once the book was finished I had to look for a publisher of course. After some research I thought Eenhoorn, a Belgian publisher, would be the best candidate. I wrapped all the illustrations carefully and sent them by mail to Belgium. After that it was just a matter of waiting for a response…

“It was a rainy day,” my publisher told me later. “I had just attended what was supposed to be a meeting to celebrate an organization that provides books for children who are having difficulties learning Dutch as a second language. They were mainly children from a Moroccan background”. The books my publisher brought to read to them didn’t relate to them at all. Frustrated and disappointed she returned to the office only to find my first manuscript and illustrations for Princess Arabella carefully wrapped at her desk!

This was 10 years ago and now there are 10 Arabella books published and more to come! Princess Arabella’s Birthday was very well received, won prizes and was translated into many languages. However when it came to selling the rights to the US things got complicated. “It’s her hair”, white American publishers whispered, embarrassed, “her hair looks uncombed, our audiences will be offended”. I was baffled, how could Arabella’s and her mum the queen’s hair be offensive to anyone? I modelled it after traditional African hairstyles after all?

 
This of course had everything to do with African American history. A history marked by slavery and where generations after still reflected the white dominant culture. However, there has been a trend going on for some time now for black women to have their own natural hairstyles. And it seems that women nowadays get to make a choice as how to wear their hair and not out of an imposed sense of social pressure.

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Princess Arabella’s Birthday
‘Once upon a time, there was a little princess called Arabella. She lived in a big palace with her father, the King, and her mother, the Queen. It was nearly Arabella’s birthday. But what do you give a little princess who already has everything?’Ruby-encrusted roller skates, a golden bicycle, a stuffed mouse, a cuddly mouse, a tea set, a doll’s pram carriage? No, Princess Arabella wants something different for her birthday: an elephant.But will she get what she wants?

Princess Arabella Mixes Colours
Princess Arabella thinks her room is boring. So she decides she’s going to do something about that – all by herself. She mixes up some paint and in no time at all her room looks fabulous.The latest book about the popular little Princess Arabella, with fun information about mixing colours.

Princess Arabella's Birthday

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Princess Arabella Mixes Colours

Take a peek into Jude Daly's beautifully illustrated animal fable from India

What is an elephant really like? Six blind mice scamper out of their mouse-hole to find out – and come up with six very different ideas! Is an elephant like a wall? A tree? A spear? A fan? A snake or a rope? Children will love to help the six blind mice discover the true wonder of an elephant in this beautifully illustrated animal fable from India.

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Six Blind Mice and an Elephant

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Blaai deur Ros Haden en Tony Pinchuck se besonderse Die Apies se Dieretrein

Olifant ontvang ‘n uitnodiging na die apies se partytjie by Kokosneutbaai en klim dadelik in sy stoomenjin vir ‘n avontuurlike reis oor die hele Afrika-kontinent! By elke stasie klim nog meer diere op die trein. Hulle speel, stry en vertel stories op die langpad … Die rymende teks en asemrowende, kleurvolle illustrasies wat die wilde diere van Afrika in fantasmagoriese glorie uitbeeld, gaan kinders vasgenael hou. Perfek vir voorlees.


 
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Die Apies se Dieretrein

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Page through Andy Lee's hilarious Do Not Open This Book

This guy will do anything for you not to open this book. Threats, bribes, reverse psychology – you name it. A hilarious new book from radio extraordinaire and all-round funny guy, Andy Lee. Young readers will love doing everything they’re asked not to. With bright and entertaining illustrations this story will become a family favourite.

 
 
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Do Not Open This Book

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Otto se dorp word deur ’n spookplaag geterroriseer! Gelukkig het Harry die Grieselgryper goeie kontakte aan die Oorkant...

Harry Griesel 2Daar is ‘n spookplaag in die dorp! ‘n Hele klomp kinders in Otto se skool word skielik deur spoke geterroriseer en ‘n oorlede Spaanse bulvegter wil by Otto se tante intrek. Maar drie huisspoke en ‘n pratende vlermuis is klaar genoeg – Otto het beslis nie nog ‘n huismaat nodig nie. Waar kom al die spoke vandaan? En hoe raak mens van hulle ontslae? Gelukkig het Otto se vriend Harry, die Grieselgryper, goeie kontakte aan die Oorkant.

Sonja Kaiblinger is in Krems gebore en het in ‘n spookhuis grootgeword wat oor die 100 jaar oud is. Sy werk as onderwyser in Vienna. Behalwe om te skryf, is sy lief vir perdry en sy versamel ook leë agurkiebottels, wat sy teen ‘n buitensporige hoë prys aan Grieselgrypers soos Harry verkoop. Haar Scary Harry-reeks is reeds in 11 tale vertaal.

Fréderic Bertrand is in 1981 in Minden gebore en kort daarna het al die goeie spoke hom verlaat. Hy spook al vir ‘n paar jaar in Berlyn, waar hy in sy afskuwelike ateljee-grot, onder die begeleiding van skreeuende orrelklanke, sy skrikwekkende prentjies teken.

 

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