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  • Cover 'The Little King'
    Cover 'The Little King'
    The Little King
    A feast for the eye
    PLUIZUIT, ABOUT 'THE SOAP KNIGHT' BY MATTIAS DE LEEUW

    The unusual premise, Jan De Leeuw’s humour and light-hearted narrative style and the playful illustrations by Mattias De Leeuw make this winter fairy tale so much more than just another adaptation of the Christmas story. It is a book about giving and taking, with a touch of magic.

  • Cover When the water breaks
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    When the Water Breaks
    Empathy is the raw material all his books are made of
    Humo

    This is the true story of a fisherman and his daughter, who fled their home country Vietnam some time ago. Hung crossed the ocean in his small fishing vessel to start a new life in a village behind a high sea wall. Quyen opened a successful restaurant, but is now struggling with an identity crisis.

  • Cover Back to Neerpelt
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    Back to Neerpelt
    Lieve Joris views half the world as her village. Therein lies the universal and personal power of her books.
    Ons Erfdeel

    Lieve Joris has acquired an international reputation as an author of non-fiction travelogues. For many years she travelled around Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa and more recently China, and considered the world to be her village. Now she has returned to Flanders, to Neerpelt, to the house by the canal where she grew up as the middle child in a chaotic family of nine.

  • Cover - The Blue Wings
    Cover - The Blue Wings
    The Blue Wings
    A great stylist, with an eye for detail and a knack for turning brief scenes into little gems
    De Standaard

    Jadran is five years older than Josh, but his head and his heart are those of a child much younger. When they find an injured young crane one day, Jadran wants to teach it to fly at any cost. The two boys go on a journey that is brave, adventurous and hopeless all at the same time. Poetic and sensitive without ever becoming sentimental.

  • Patricia
    An intimate, multi-layered female portrait
    De Morgen

    Astrid is a successful events manager and mother. When her iPhone falls into her son’s bath after a busy day at work, something snaps in her. Impulsively, she walks out of the house and drives out of her residential suburb. 

    In controlled prose, Peter Terrin sketches a surreal and oppressive portrait of a woman who loses it in an apparently safe and everyday environment. 

  • Cover 'Everyone's Sorry Nowadays'
    Cover 'Everyone's Sorry Nowadays'
    Everyone's Sorry Nowadays
    A master of suspense and of the subtle untangling of painful situations *****
    De Standaard

    Her mother thinks Bianca is a girl that requires special treatment. Her father thinks she is unmanageable. And Bianca herself? She doesn’t say a word. Until one hot afternoon in August, Billie King, her favourite actress, is sitting in the living room, sipping a cup of tea. With Billie King around, Bianca is brave enough to take a decision. Moeyaert creates an oppressive atmosphere, in which smouldering tensions can erupt any moment.

  • Cover 'The City of Belgium'
    Cover 'The City of Belgium'
    The City of Belgium
    Narrative prowess with great graphic power
    Comixtrip

    ‘The City of Belgium’ is set in the same nocturnal universe as Brecht Evens’ big breakthrough ‘The Wrong Place’, but the aftertaste is so much nastier. In a riot of colour and impressions, Evens shows himself to be both a master of his uniquely fantastic style and at capturing the mental darkness that masquerades as light-hearted.

  • Cover Tell Someone
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    Tell Someone
    An interesting new voice in European literature
    Die Zeit

    Amazigh, a young Moroccan, ends up behind bars after attempting to get his revenge on his French father. There’s only one way he’ll get out of prison: a one-way ticket to the French frontlines in World War I. Rachida Lamrabet tells a story that is forgotten all too often: that of the soldiers from the colonies who were swept up in a war that was not theirs.

  • Cover - The Most Beautiful Book of All Colours
    Cover - The Most Beautiful Book of All Colours
    The Most Beautiful Book of All Colours
    Genius
    Die Zeit

    Calm Leon takes Otto on a journey through the world of colour. This Encyclopaedia Otto-colorista is a feast for the eyes: after the restrained grey, black and white, the pages are a riot of colour and detail and there is always something new to discover. An abundance of colour you can’t stop looking at.

  • Cover 'Everything Will Be Fine, Forever'
    Cover 'Everything Will Be Fine, Forever'
    Everything Will Be Fine, Forever
    Vereecken captures the harsh reality in poetic sentences. An extraordinarily strong novel ****
    Cutting Edge

    Summer 1914. Through the eyes of eleven-year-old Alice we see the increasing alarm among the grownups: war is said to be imminent. Alice’s naivety makes way for a brutal confrontation with reality, but ‘Everything Will Be Fine, Forever’ is first and foremost a celebration of life and hope.

  • Cover - Viktor
    Cover - Viktor

    Viktor, a recreational hunter, has long dreamt of shooting a cheetah. When he finally manages to, his happiness does not last long. At night, he dreams of the cheetahs that have lost a friend. He is overcome by an unparalleled feeling of empathy and remorse and thinks of a shrewd plan to make amends.

  • Cover Dochter
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    Daughter
    Shockingly raw and enchanting in equal measure *****
    Knack

    Daughter is a girl with learning disabilities. She does not recognise cruelty, or sexual abuse, when it is done to her, or when she does it to someone else. The events are shocking to the reader, but not to Daughter herself. The disconcerting effect of this contrast is reinforced by the book’s extremely efficient, economical style: brief chapters with short sentences that paint a clear and credible picture of the reasoning of a mentally deficient and vulnerable girl.

  • Cover - Cycling
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    Cycling
    Emotions distilled in text and image about panic, trust, security and the fear of being abandoned
    De Standaard

    Bet is tired of her tricyle and wants to start cycling on a proper bike. But nobody is prepared to teach her. She is angry with everything and everyone. This intense and authentic book, with a style that borders on expressionism, earned Gregie De Maeyer the Flemish State Prize for Youth Literature.

  • Cover 'Devil's Herb'
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    Devil's Herb
    Fiendishly beautiful ****
    de Volkskrant

    Shepherd Yara has only known her grandmother, herbalist Tanne, for a few years. Slowly but surely Yara learns why Tanne’s parents, husband and even her own daughter have turned their backs on her. Meanwhile, Tanne is growing increasingly convinced that the devil is coming for her. A fascinating book that reveals the truth bit by bit and draws the reader into a world of magic.

  • Aldo
    A masterful first book ****
    Cutting Edge

    Aldo has been twenty-eight for three hundred years. Despite that lengthy period of time, he still does not have very good social skills. His whole family has been dead a long while and nobody believes he is immortal. But then he spots someone on television and recognises him from an encounter two hundred years ago. 

  • Cover - My House Is at the Zoo
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    My House Is at the Zoo
    The illustrations are works of art in their own right
    Cutting Edge

    In his unique, varied and nostalgic style, Pieter Gaudesaboos gets Lotta, who lives at the zoo, to take the reader along for a day full of crazy activities. This is not simply a colourful book for reading aloud, but also a look-and-find book to teach children to look more closely at the illustrations.

  • Cover - Rivers - Peter Goes
    Cover - Rivers - Peter Goes
    Rivers
    ‘Rivers’ is a Peter Goes mix of stories, facts and icons that bring history to life with a sense of wonder and humour
    Julia Marshall, publisher Gecko Press

    All aboard for a fascinating voyage of discovery in and around the water! In ‘Rivers’ Peter Goes travels to the most famous seas, lakes and rivers across Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa and Oceania. Goes creates playful and extremely detailed double-page spreads in which text and image form a unified whole.

  • Cover - On the Road with Monkey
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    Monkey on the Run
    The pleasure of drawing leaps off the pages, which are packed with jokes
    MappaLibri

    Daddy Monkey and his son are on their way home on the banana bike. But it’s so busy, and everyone’s driving so slowly! And Monkey Junior is in the mood for monkeying about. He escapes from his safety seat and goes off to explore the traffic jam. The street is like a playground! This wordless picture book is full of stories and fantastic details in vibrant colours.

  • Cover - Laure Van den Broeck - Dancing in Deep Water
    Cover - Laure Van den Broeck - Dancing in Deep Water
    Dancing in Deep Water
    An extremely successful experiment with astute metaphor
    Mappalibri

    According to William Golding, if ‘Lord of the Flies’ were written with girls as the leading characters, they would never lower themselves to barbarism. Van den Broeck demonstrates in this powerful homage to Golding’s classic that this isn’t necessarily true.

  • Cover 'Whose Zoo?'
    Cover 'Whose Zoo?'

    An animal inside an animal inside an animal. Nothing is as it seems in this wordless look-and-find book. Geert Vervaeke plays masterfully with perspectives, compositions and positive and negative space. This book is one big optical illusion inspired by the Rorschach test and optical illusions.

  • Cover Before Forgetting
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    Before Forgetting
    ‘Before Forgetting' is a dance. A painting of words. A hand touching our sorrow.
    De Standaard

    Peter Verhelst’s mother dies unexpectedly. He witnesses his father’s grief and must also find his own way of coping. Still, this is neither a book about mothers, nor a book about death, but rather a fervent ode to our floundering, tentative resistance to meaninglessness and sorrow. Verhelst struggles tooth and nail to create something vital—something that could continue to remind us, so that ultimately we can forget.

  • The Father and the Philosopher - cover
    The Father and the Philosopher - cover
    The Father and the Philosopher. Saving the Husserl archives
    A story comparable to a novel by Umberto Eco or Dan Brown, except for the fact that it really happened
    De Volkskrant

    At first an exciting story about smuggling manuscripts set against the backdrop of the persecution of Jews before and during the Second World War, this book indirectly develops into a history of European philosophy in the twentieth century.

  • Cover Round the Block
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    Round the Block
    Her illustrations are delicate, intimate and extremely beautiful.
    The Guardian on ‘When David Lost His Voice’

    In this stunning visual tour-de-force, much-lauded cartoonist and illustrator Judith Vanistendael reinvents herself. She returns to the essence: armed with scissors, glue, paper and a risograph printer, she creates the purest sequence possible. ‘Round the Block’ is an ode to fantasy and Vanistendael’s more than successful debut for a new target audience.

     

  • Cover The Global Sixties. A Cultural History
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    The Global Sixties. A Cultural History
    Magnificent book that honours all these coloured voices that are so often left out of the narrative
    vileine.com (Hadjar Benmiloud)

    A unique cultural history of the 1960s as a global phenomenon. This book deals with the usual counterculture suspects and the Flower Power generation, as well as the sensitivities and tastes of what American President Nixon called the Silent Majority. It takes into account the work of artists from Eastern Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia in a dazzling overview that puts the Sixties in a new perspective.

  • Cover Misery Loves Company. A Life In Stories
    Cover Misery Loves Company. A Life In Stories
    Misery Loves Company. A Life In Stories
    Incredible to see how much beauty someone can produce in half a century
    De Telegraaf

    Hugo Claus is the internationally acclaimed author of dozens of plays, novels and collections of poetry. But over the course of 50 years he also wrote many short stories. A half-century filled with grotesque nightmares and charming scenes of love and loss, with mysterious and comical characters populating Claus’ characteristic bitter-sweet world.

  • Cover Bread
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    Bread
    Haunting. With short chapters, Elvis Peeters keeps the reader in a stranglehold.
    Cutting Edge

    A boy grows up in a village where war threatens. Then, the supermarket at which the boy works is bombed into the ground. Leaving is now the only option. In confident, crystal-clear language, ‘Bread’ tells the gripping, poetic coming-of-age story of a boy who is not given the chance to enjoy his youth.

  • Cover Wish You Were Here
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    Wish You Were Here
    An unbelievably beautiful book. A unique, authentic voice in Flemish literature.
    Mappalibri

    With a great sense of humour and a lightness of touch Evelien De Vlieger paints the portrait of a girl on the cusp of life, who thinks she wants to forget. ‘Wish You Were Here’ is about facing yourself, about letting go, and about daring to admit that you can’t. A bitter-sweet book full of lust for life.

  • Cover Who Was the Hat Maker?
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    Who Was the Hatter?
    A marvel of penmanship *****
    De Volkskrant

    Twelve years after they had a short-lived but passionate relationship, the reserved Hermine and the tormented, suicidal writer Didier, drive to a conference in Vienna together. In this autobiographical love tragedy, Zvonik investigates with a delicate pen and psychological finesse to what extent it is possible to love someone, while at the same time keeping your distance.

  • Sound
    Sound
    Sound
    A passionate account about the intangible of music
    Mauro Pawlowski, musician

    Music is able to move people, to ease their pain, or simply to make them want to dance. But what do we experience exactly listening to Chopin, Pink Floyd or Bob Dylan? Which features characterize our musical experience?

  • Cover North
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    North
    Wild, dark, romantic and almost addictively well-written ****
    Focus Knack

    ‘North’ is a carefully crafted and addictively well-written debut novel about ‘indecision in the choice’: the choice between two men, between art and life, between Vancouver and the harsh life in the north, and between the musical styles that are entwined with each location.

  • Cover Beauty Will Rage Within Me Until the Day I Die
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    Beauty Will Rage Within Me Until the Day I Die
    A sardonic roller coaster
    Knack

    In the world of ‘Beauty will rage within me until the day I die’, everything is returned to ashes by warfare. Everything, except for the memory of what once was humanity and the sense of humor that Hazim Kamaledin uses to describe the fate of his deceased doppelgänger.

  • Cover Dirty Sheets
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    Dirty Sheets. A Contemporary View on Sexuality
    A shamelessly intelligent book about sex
    De Standaard

    Sex is everywhere. On television, on the streets, on social media – there’s no escaping it. In this book the authors show that our supposed sexual freedom is an illusion. They explore history, culture and science, and their own experiences, to discover the things that restrict our bodies. A real treasure-chest of knowledge which covers many of our unnecessary embarrassments on sexuality.

  • Cover Spoiler
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    Spoiler. On television series and world literature
    Thought-provoking perspectives and choices
    Cutting Edge

    Television series - one of the most important mainstream media - continue the debate initiated by the great classics of world literature. In light-hearted essays leavened with humour, Cloostermans identifies connections between television series and literary classics and analyses what they say about our age and about universal human themes such as identity, meaning and (self-)improvement.

  • Cover Mrs Winter’s Hearth Fire
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    Mrs Winter’s Hearth Fire
    A dazzling imaginary world full of colours and scents
    Ons Erfdeel

    In ‘Mrs Winter’s Hearth Fire’, a collection of 37 short stories about winter, Carl Norac and Gerda Dendooven give both a voice and a face to the year’s coldest season. They make winter sound and look radiant like never before. ‘Mrs Winter’s Hearth Fire’ celebrates winter in all its facets.

  • Cover The Excess of Empathy. Towards a Functional Indifference
    Cover The Excess of Empathy. Towards a Functional Indifference
    The Excess of Empathy. Towards a Functional Indifference
    A multifaceted and nuanced book about a current topic
    Trouw

    In times in which social contrasts and social inequality are becoming more and more pronounced, there are loud calls for more empathy. But is empathy always good? Or can we have too much of it? Ignaas Devisch challenges us to reconsider our view of humanity: deep down, aren’t we all not just friends but scoundrels as well?

  • Cover I Am Happy
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    Nellie & Cezar
    The illustrations are a feast of detail with lots of bright, cheerful colours.
    De Leeswelp

    Nellie the Mouse and Cezar the Frog have been inseparable for over twenty years and are best friends to little children. There’s a whole string of books and other publications around these two figures: from picture, text and activity books to a television series and hand puppets. Ingrid Godon and Bette Westera have now joined forces to give the franchise a fresh new overhaul.

  • Cover - Een huis voor Harry
    Cover - Een huis voor Harry
    Congo Blues
    A masterful conjurer of tone and mood ****1/2
    De Morgen

    Morgan is a jazz pianist from Brussels, with Congolese roots. He has banished the images of his childhood in the tropics from his memories… Until an out-of-the-blue encounter changes his life, that is. This is a novel about ‘half-castes’, and how the Belgian colonizer used to treat these mixed race children, separating them forever from their biological family.

  • Cover Rising High
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    Rising High
    Extraordinary, colourful and imaginative
    Alliteratus

    In this two-metre-long colourful leporello, teeming with details and humour, we follow a girl and a boy on their voyage of discovery through a skyscraper and meet its remarkable residents. An enchanting wordless book that doubles as a measuring chart and exudes imagination and joyfulness.

  • De bones of the Borinage
    De bones of the Borinage

    In April 1878 miners in Bernissart, a Walloon village in the former coal region of the Borinage, came across a vast quantity of dinosaur bones. The remains of some thirty iguanodons were discovered in the clay at a depth of 322 metres. Thanks to the clay, several skeletons had been preserved fully intact.

  • Cover Cleansing
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    Cleansing
    Lanoye leaves no stone unturned in a ruthless novel
    De Morgen

    Gideon Rottier is a loner with a speech impediment and an unusual job. His life takes a different turn when Youssef, a refugee, becomes his new colleague. After an awkward start, they become best friends. But when Youssef disappears and leaves Gideon to look after his wife and children, things take an ugly turn.

  • Cover Pigeon
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    Pigeon
    Modest and endearing yet grandiose and awe-inspiring at the same time
    Pluizuit

    Basiel, an enthusiastic pigeon fancier, travels the world with Pigeon and wins everything there is to win. But as he wants more and more, Basiel sets his sights on something no pigeon has done before.

  • Cover Soap
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    Soap 1
    Barbie meets the Dynasty-vixens.
    De Morgen

    Glitter, glamour, love, jealousy, intrigue, tears and above all lots of pink: this is Maarten Vande Wiele at his best. His elegant, black brush strokes give playful expression to a world he clearly adores: that of 'Dynasty' and other vintage soap series.

  • Cover A Book To Make Friends With
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    A Book To Make Friends With
    An overwhelming debut and a mind-expanding book *****
    De Standaard

    A psychedelic road trip full of chases, fights, religious hallucinations and freaked-out characters and dialogues. Author Lukas Verstraete really pulls out all the stops with graphic fireworks.

  • Cover A house for Harry
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    A House for Harry
    All of his books are a feast to read and look at together
    de Volkskrant

    Leo Timmers shows off his best side in this cheery story about the scared cat Harry. He gives form to Harry’s quest with beautiful compositions and a relatively subdued colour palette. Timmers paints the fearful cat and his unfamiliar surroundings in his unique style, with precise details. A new highpoint in Timmers’ exceptional oeuvre.

  • Cover Cocaine
    Cutting Edge Award
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    Cutting Edge Award
    Cocaine
    Irresistibly funny
    Noordhollands Dagblad

    'Cocaine' is a no-holds-barred celebration of the seemingly limitless possibilities of the human imagination. It is a literary rollercoaster ride in the very best Russian tradition.

  • Cover Tinkleman
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    Tinkleman
    This duo invariably persuades with original and humorous stories
    Cutting Edge

    Tinkleman may be a super-hero, but his extraordinary gift - being able to fill an entire swimming pool with pee, and to pee in a nice straight stream without any splashes - is not often called upon.

  • Cover 321 Super-smart Things You Have To Know Before You Turn 13
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    321 Super-smart Things You Have to Know Before You Turn 13
    A fantastically-designed book with surprising, funny facts and wonderful illustrations.
    Kinderboekwinkel Kakelbont

    Did you know that a giraffe can lick the inside of its ears? That we have been brushing our teeth for thousands of years? That you can weigh your head by putting it in a bucket of water? Or that astronauts pee into a vacuum cleaner? 

     

    ‘321 Super-smart Things You Have To Know Before You Turn 13’ is a fine pillow book for younger and older Einsteins.

  • Cover - Shadow Zone
    Hercule Poirot Prize
    Cover - Shadow Zone
    Hercule Poirot Prize
    Shadow Zone
    A glittering, psychologically-charged firework! *****
    Hebban

    Kate works as a nurse in a psychiatric clinic for VIPs in London. Her life turns into a living hell when it turns out that a tweet with confidential information about a patient has been sent out into the world from her account. She loses her job and is hounded by the paparazzi. To make matters worse, there is someone else who’s got it in for her. A wonderfully-written, triumphant crime novel with strong characterisations, in which the various plot threads are cleverly interwoven.

  • Cover The Tramp
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    The Drifter
    Maarten De Saeger confirms his status as a top talent.
    Cutting Edge

    In order to run away from her worries, Ines moves to her late grandfather’s farm in the Ardennes. One day a tramp appears on her doorstep who introduces himself as John. Ines offers him a bed for the night, but it soon becomes clear that the wandering eccentric is not in any great hurry to leave.

  • Cover Mazel Tov
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    Mazel tov
    A must-read for everyone *****
    De Standaard

    'Mazel tov' is a compelling, thought-provoking story about children growing up in a Modern Orthodox sect, as seen through the eyes of a young woman who is not Jewish. It gives a unique glimpse of the unfamiliar world for both sides.