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A curious mouse and a macho frog

Nellie & Cezar

Ingrid Godon & Bette Westera

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. Illustrator Ingrid Godon and author Bette Westera have now joined forces to give the franchise a fresh new overhaul. In their series around Nellie & Cezar, Godon and Westera make picture books for infants and board books for toddlers.

A feast of detail with lots of bright, cheerful colours
De Leeswelp

So far, two picture books have been published.
In ‘I’m Happy’, it’s raining and Nellie and Cezar have lots of fun tramping through the puddles with Fons. But then suddenly some less pleasant things start happening. ‘I’m happy!’ addresses recognisable feelings for pre-schoolers: anger, joy, fear, sorrow, surprise and lots more.
In ‘The Four Seasons’, Nellie & Cezar take infants with them on adventures: riding a sleigh and making a snowman in the winter, camping in the spring, sailing a boat and swimming in a lake in the summer, and stepping through leaves in the autumn.

The full-page illustrations very successfully render the feelings of the characters in an atmospheric way
NBD Biblion

Toddlers too can get to know Nellie & Cezar better in two board books.
‘I Count to Ten’ is a colourful counting book: there is one Nellie who is celebrating her birthday, two strawberries on the cake, three party hats and four presents. And how many balloons did Cezar blow up and how many little flags decorate the house?
In 'The Pool Is Cool' toddlers get to know new friends of Nellie and Cezar. They all have their own things and games. Sometimes they share these with each other, and sometimes they have rows about them. Concepts such as 'you and I', 'mine and ours', ‘she and he’ are central in this book.

Cover ‘I Count To Ten’
Cover ‘I Count To Ten’
Book Trailer Nellie & Cezar, I’m Happy