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Children's and Youth Literature

Read more about this genre in the essay Master storytellers in pictures and words, or scroll through our selection of the finest children's and youth literature from Flanders.

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    Wanderer
    Wonderfully strange and strangely wonderful, an epic dream captured in superbly meticulous detail
    Shaun Tan

    A paper boat is launched in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It makes a long journey, meeting the strangest of beings, passing between towering mangroves and braving a devastating storm. In ‘Wanderer’, his debut, Peter Van den Ende presents a wordless spectacle of pure imagination.

  • Cover All Things Light
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    All Things Light
    A rich novel, rich in ideas, in words, in images, in sentences that enfold you and engulf you.
    De Leeswelp on ‘Over Sea’

    Brothers Luca and Berio are inseparable. Their trapeze act is one of the highlights of the travelling circus they belong to. At the top of the tent trust between them is literally of vital importance. All Things Light is a tender story set against a very dark backdrop, with Mussolini and his Blackshirts in power. The threat that has permeated every part of Italian life now also seeps into the circus on the fringes of society. A filmic and poetic book.

  • Cover In Monet's Garden
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    In Monet’s Garden
    Vermeire penetrates to the core of Monet’s artistry
    De Standaard

    Claude Monet immortalised his love for his garden in hundreds of paintings: we all know his world-famous waterlilies. In much of Vermeire’s work plants, flowers, trees and animals occupy an important place, so she is the perfect illustrator to capture Monet’s explosions of colour in a picture book.

  • Cover The Sea-of-Firefly
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    The Sea-of-Firefly
    Beautifully illustrated animal stories
    De Standaard

    The master of animal illustrations and the king of animal stories come together in this inimitable book. In seventeen stories we meet animals who would like to be different, until they realize how special they already are. Both visually and in its storytelling, this is a delightful book.

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    Sleep Tight!
    Powerful visual refinement
    Cutting Edge on ‘The Big Book of Trains’

    While his sister has been in the land of Nod for a while, brother is not yet ready for bed. First he has to tuck in his cuddly toy, chase away bad dreams, count the stars and feel cold. 'Sleep Tight!’ is a cheerful little book about not wanting to go to sleep, the power of fantasy and… of books.

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    Where is the Dragon?
    All of his books are a feast to read and look at together.
    De Volkskrant on ‘A House for Harry’

    The king has seen a dragon and is afraid to go to bed before his three bravest knights have slain it. But where does the dragon hide in the dark? The three knights are undaunted, convinced they will soon find him. But it is not as easy as they had thought. A great adventure in saturated colour.

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    Airplanes
    Van Der Veken's line is so sharp that his world is beautifully streamlined.
    The New Yorker on ‘Fabrica Grafica’

    ‘Airplanes’ is a remarkable reference work for pilots-to-be. It answers all kinds of questions about flying, the components of a plane, the influence of the weather and the atmosphere and about communication in an ever more crowded airspace. The unique illustrations in the so-called atomic style contribute to the book’s industrial look. Van Der Veken produces clever, highly stylised illustrations that are not only technically correct but also atmospheric and poetic.

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    Rabbit and Hedgehog
    Pieters invests Rabbit and Hedgehog with both a heart and a soul
    NRC Handelsblad

    Rabbit and Hedgehog are sworn friends. In these short stories, they ponder life, their friendship, the meaning of ‘later’, and always go back to each other after an argument. In the tradition of Arnold Lobel’s ‘Frog and Toad’ and Toon Tellegen’s animal fables, Paul Verrept and Nils Pieters have created two lovely new characters to cherish. 

  • Cover The Book of Life
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    The Book of Life
    A book to cherish
    MappaLibri on 'Fabeldieren' by Floortje Zwigtman

    In ‘The Book of Life’ Floortje Zwigtman and Sassafras De Bruyn take a light-hearted look at everything to do with having a baby. Citing facts and legends from around the world, they show that wherever you go having a child is an event that gives rise to stories. Funny, lively and brimming with both facts and fiction, ‘The Book of Life’ is one of a kind.

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    Ans & Wilma Are Lost
    A picture book full of crazy dialogue and vivid images providing hours of narrative fun
    MappaLibri

    This story started off as a theatrical performance, which is reflected in the humorous dialogue and sharp, staccato lines. The bright colours in the illustrations complement the theatrical story exceptionally well. A pleasure to look at, with vivid colours, comical characters and imaginative details.

  • Cover 'Ironhead'
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    Ironhead
    His language roars, rumbles and crackles. Only a born storyteller can write like this.
    NRC Handelsblad

    In the figure of the wonderfully defiant Stans, Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem creates an unforgettable character, and subtly brings topical issues such as gender and identity into an extremely convincing historical setting. Ghent, Paris, Vienna and the battlefields near the Danube come to life in his sensuous language, so much so that the reader can smell the blood, taste the beer and feel the cannons in his belly.

  • Cover The Towers of Beirut Paul Verrept
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    The Towers of Beirut
    Verrept needs just a few words to evoke the drama of far-reaching events.
    MappaLibri

    Fifteen-year-old Nabila has had enough of the monotonous life in her village. Egged on by the spirit in her head – her djinn – she travels to Beirut as a stowaway in her uncle’s taxi. Verrept sketches the hopelessness of life on the street in a city torn by both war and the widening gap between rich and poor. The greyish images with powerful charcoal lines and sombre colouring accentuate the dark threats to the city.

  • Cover 'The Little King'
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    The Little King
    A beautiful and refreshingly written Christmas story
    MappaLibri

    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.

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    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.

  • Cover 'Everyone's Sorry Nowadays'
    ALMA winner!
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    ALMA winner!
    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 Most Beautiful Book of All Colours
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    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'
    Woutertje Pieterse Prize
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    Woutertje Pieterse Prize
    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.

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    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.

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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.

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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.

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

    Pieter Gaudesaboos has created a colourful series of books about remarkable houses full of surprising animals. ‘My House Is At the Zoo’ and 'A House Full of Friends’ are not merely colourful books for reading aloud, they are look-and-find books to teach children to look more closely at the illustrations. Just the job for true detectives!

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    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
    NY Times Favourite
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    NY Times Favourite
    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
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    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.

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    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.

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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.

     

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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    In this philosophical picture book, Elvis Peeters and Sebastiaan Van Doninck explore themes including home, property, and the budding awareness that others may have a very different take on things. ‘My Rock’ is a story about sharing the same space – a story that couldn’t be more topical today.

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    The Amazing Book of Insects
    Playful and accessible
    Eindhovens Dagblad

    Discover why the glow-worm glows, how the bombardier beetle got its name and in what way a caterpillar can disguise itself. An exceptional ode to the ultimate boss on earth, who will mesmerize young and old.

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    Following the adaptation and sanitisation of fairy stories by the Brothers Grimm, Disney and others, writers are increasingly restoring these tales to their original, complex and sometimes dark and creepy forms. Marita de Sterck is the unbeatable master.

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    Cherry Blossom and Paper Planes
    Aerts has the ability to make emotions glow beneath his words.
    Kinderboekenpraatjes

    Some friends are much more than that. They grow up like twin cherries on the same stalk. Adin and Dina have that kind of friendship. ‘Cherry Heaven’ is a sensitive story about going away and coming back, and about the power of friendship: in spite of Adin’s move to the city, the two children do whatever they can to stay connected.

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    Tomorrow Is Another Country
    Impactful. Shows shameful current realities that get deep under the skin.
    De Morgen

    A girl is hiding in the back of a lorry. She’s sharing the space with a horse, her mum, and Captain Compass, her best friend. They’re on their way to another country, where the walls don’t dance and the houses don’t fall, and where the sky doesn’t rumble like thunder when there’s not a cloud to be seen. A light book about a weighty subject.

  • Cover Sometimes I'm an Explorer
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    In unconnected short texts, Ruth Mellaerts draws the reader into familiar situations, memories, thoughts and feelings. The interaction between words and illustrations lifts the book to a higher level and creates calm and beauty as well as words to ruminate on.

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    Oskar
    A great creative and imaginative adventure full of surrealistic braveness and subtle humor
    Global Illustration Awards Jury

    Oskar is a special toy dinosaur. Ever since a little boy received Oskar as a present, the two have been inseparable. So when the boy suddenly loses his buddy, he doesn’t just accept it, but sets off fearlessly in search of the creature. This is the start of a fantastic adventure in which mountains are moved, seas are crossed and the two friends face great dangers.

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    Magritte’s Apple
    Beautifully crafted
    Kid’s Book Review

    This absurd picture book is a successful introduction to the richly nuanced oeuvre of René Magritte, which at the same time invites one to explore further. Verplancke shows himself a born surrealist.

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    Circus Night
    A book without words but teeming with stories
    De Standaard

    When a little girl sees a jet-black puppy in her bedroom window in this wordless picture book, it marks the beginning of an exceptional night. The clown on the bedroom wall also comes to life and transports the little girl to the circus. In ‘Circus Night’, De Leeuw plays with reality, imagination, dreams and fantasy.

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    The Book of Children's Books
    A parade of talent. What a breath of fresh air.
    De Morgen

    ‘The Book of Children’s Books’ is a kaleidoscopic book for reading, looking at and leafing through, for all readers who know how it feels to be a child, and a source of information and inspiration for publishers, booksellers, librarians, teachers – and for everyone else who is passionate about books.

  • Cover Suzy Doozy and the Scissors
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    Suzy Doozy is a headstrong girl with boundless energy and imagination. In a series devoted to her adventures, she more than lives up to her impish name. Benjamin Leroy and Jaap Robben illustrate and write with a lot of empathy and love for this recalcitrant heroine.

  • Cover - Wake up Walter
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    Wake up Walter
    The illustrations demonstrate impressive skill and a steady hand.
    JaapLeest

    Walter is always falling asleep. It doesn’t matter where he is: at his birthday party, on the seesaw, in the swimming pool. His parents try everything they can think of to wake him up, but nothing works. Until a little dog walks in by accident and licks Walter’s face. A wonderful universe full of magical details.

  • Cover - Owlet and Twiglet
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    Owlet and Twiglet
    True gems of illustrations. An exquisite picture book
    Pluizuit

    Owlet and Twiglet are two little owls who live in a nest on a branch of their beloved Apple Tree. The old tree has looked after them ever since their parents were killed by a hawk. Now it’s time for them to fly the nest, but will they have the courage? Sabien Clement expresses the vulnerability of the little owls in a beautifully sensitive way.

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    ‘I Must’ is a collection of powerful portraits and philosophical texts full of compassion, vulnerable and confrontational at the same time. It exposes a merciless and terrible human tangle of obligations and expectations. Godon and Tellegen inspire thoughts, give a name to feeling and trigger involvement.

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    The central character in ‘Me and the Bear’ is young Leo, who in his own eyes meets with resistance everywhere. Only a brown bear does not run away from him. That is the beginning of a friendship that gives Leo enough confidence to go on.

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    Show & Tell Me the World
    We seldom see so much humour, beauty and linguistic creativity.
    Cutting Edge

    In this colourful encyclopaedia, children discover the world and learn new words in a playful way. The result is a hefty introductory and comprehensive work, full of dynamic characters and objects, offering a generous sampling of Tom Schamp’s craftsmanship. His illustrations represent a blend of Richard Scarry’s ‘Busy, Busy Town’ and Martin Handford’s ‘Where’s Waldo’.

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    Mammoth
    A dazzling graphic novel in all shades of red
    Leven in Leuven

    ‘Mammoth' is the story of Theodore Bob Princel the First. Theo’s parents are rich and successful, and they want nothing less for their son. He and Nanny Leg-Hair race through lesson after lesson after lesson. Until Nanny takes a nap, leaving Theo to set off on an adventure.

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    This adaptation of the ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ classic is one to remember. Little Red Riding Hood remains the familiar protagonist, but this time is a self-aware and determined girl who knows what she wants. And what she wants is red.

  • The Counting Book of Prince Hayo the Happy
    Beautiful sentences, funny jokes and original ideas
    Jaap Friso

    This is not just any counting book: it is cleverly constructed around an increasingly complex list of presents and characters. De Leeuw uses fine, spontaneous lines to draw and paint characters of flesh and blood within stunning settings full of colour and life. It is a collection of sparkling scenes that completely absorb the reader’s attention.

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    The Very Tired Man and the Woman who Passionately Loved Bonsai
    Pure beauty
    De Wereld Draait Door

    A woman reads a wanted ad in the newspaper one day: “man seeks woman to die for”. When she rings the number, she hears someone sigh. She’s never heard such a beautiful sigh before.
    In this picture book for adults, Kaatje Vermeire’s pictures and Peter Verhelst’s words each tell a story of their own. The reader combines the two, creating an artwork on every page.

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    Stella
    The atmospheric, bitter-sweet illustrations make the sadness palpable and yet palatable.
    De Morgen

    'Stella. Star of the Sea' is a tale about loneliness, being different and searching for your place in the world. It is also a story about the boundless nature of parental love and about letting your children go so that they can be themselves. When writing this story, Dendooven was inspired by disturbing photos of refugees and by the horrors experienced by children in war zones.

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    Rosemary thinks fairies are terribly boring. And the worst of it is that she’s a fairy herself. She would rather be a witch.
    To celebrate his twentieth anniversary as an illustrator, Carll Cneut has created new illustrations for this popular picture book.

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    Gibbe and the Monday Man
    The first real Dutch-language equivalent of the Treehouse Books
    NRC Handelsblad

    Gibbe wakes up one morning in the park, with no idea how he got there. Then he meets the Monday man (‘I’m the one who takes you safely to Tuesday’). This book is built on irony and absurdity and defies all the rules of children’s books. Completely crazy, it maintains its ironic style throughout.

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    Michael De Cock’s retellings of Greek myths leave room for the imagination and reconstruct these ancient stories in a contemporary and accessible way. A collection of beautifully illustrated and timeless adaptations of classical tales.

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    My Grandpa is a Tree
    Godon is a master of using minimal media to represent emotional states.
    Zilveren Palet jury

    Let yourself be moved by this playful, poetic story about a grandson and his grandfather, who is slipping into dementia. With large, colourful and raw illustrations ‘My Grandpa is a Tree’ makes a sensitive subject approachable.

  • Cover Vasco the Soccer-Pig
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    Vasco the Soccer-Pig
    Verster is a master at evoking atmosphere and longing.
    JaapLeest

    Five-year-old Matteo has the best day of his life when he gets a soccer ball and a pig for his birthday. For Vasco the pig, it’s also the best day of his life – it’s not even his birthday and he still gets Matteo. Edward van de Vendel beautifully describes the loving friendship between Vasco and Matteo, while Alain Verster adds another dimension to the story through his illustrations.

  • Cover Come And Find Me!
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    Come And Find Me!
    Visual surprises and plenty of funny details
    NDB Biblion

    When Hummingbird asks Croc to play a game, the crocodile’s reaction is a little condescending: 'No, you’re far too teeny-tiny.' When Croc finally comes round and they play hide-and-seek together, Hummingbird’s size is its strength: it’s not easy for the crocodile to find the little bird in the dense jungle.

  • Cover Lina and Judocus know best
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    Lina and Judocus know best
    Great for children and adults alike
    Pluizuit

    Lina and Judocus have a unique take on the world. They talk about the big things and the little things in life and if there’s anything they don’t know they just make it up. Lina and Judocus are only too happy to question all those things adults take for granted. All too often, the siblings know best. And who’s to say they’re wrong?

  • Cover I can see you, can you see me?
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    I Can See You, Can You See Me?
    Simple observations transport the reader into a silent world of universal emotions and wishes.
    Mappa Libri

    The narrator unfolds a day in the lives of a handful of characters, uncovering their wishes, memories and doubts. The short, associative, expressive texts create evocative insights into their inner lives. The dreamlike images, filled with humorous touches, are an ode to beauty, nostalgia and the power of the imagination.

  • Cover - Higher than the Mountains and Deeper than the Sea
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    Higher than the Mountains and Deeper than the Sea
    The wave of migration in the 1960s and 70s in a child-size format
    Knack Focus

    Grandpa Monji tells his granddaughter and grandson the story of how he, a Tunisian, ended up in Belgium. The young reader learns about another time, a time when people moved thousands of kilometres for work, and a marriage between a Belgian woman and an ‘outsider’ encountered a great deal of suspicion. A plea for mutual understanding, and a sensitive book about respect, with a dash of humour.

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    The Big Book of Trains
    Powerful visual refinement, fascinating prints
    Cutting Edge

    ‘The Big Book of Trains’ more than lives up to its title: it offers an historical overview of the development of trains, starting with the Industrial Revolution and the steam train. In his familiar, delicate style and from different perspectives, Mattias De Leeuw creates his own universe, executing it in great detail.

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    Timeline
    A rich, accessible treasure trove of facts and figures
    Financial Times

    ‘Timeline’ is a trip through time, past dinosaurs, Vikings, Aztecs and spaceships. It is an illustrated journey through our world’s culture and events and travels from the Big Bang to the iPod. Peter Goes constructs a continuous line, on which different historical periods make their appearance one by one.

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    Bron is growing to be too big for his mother’s milk. He can't wait to explore the world around him, and all the interesting things just waiting to be discovered. Bron slips away, and is captured by people. Fortunately, Ma manages to enlist the help of a whole group of other animals, and together they manage to free Bron.

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    Gnowboy
    Imaginative, colourful and full of humour
    Pluizer

    Jack doesn’t want to be a gnome anymore, but dreams of becoming a cowboy. Dimitri Leue packs this funny story about breaking away from conventional patterns with puns and absurd jokes. Tom Schoonooghe’s illustrations in coloured pencil are cheerful, lively and full of details.

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    Dirty Skin
    Rough-and-tumble versions you have never heard before
    De Morgen

    In ’Dirty Skin’ anthropologist Marita de Sterck has collected forty Flemish folktales, uncensored and as close as possible to the oral tradition. Sometimes farcical and often grotesque, they are jam-packed with violence, lust, jealousy and the black arts.

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    The Boy, the Hornbill, the Elephant, the Tiger and the Girl
    So beautiful that you often want to read passages twice.
    Friesch Dagblad

    A boy is taken to a secret valley by the men of his village, where he is to be initiated into everything a man needs to know. Fear, courage, loss and death are the themes that emerge from Peter Verhelst’s poetic words. Carll Cneut complements the story with pictures that show the beauty of nature and the insignificance of humans.

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    Gus’s Garage
    Supersaturated hues and maximum automotive whimsy make this one to pore over.
    Kirkus Review

    Gus is a happy do-it-yourselfer. No job is too big or too difficult for him. Luckily, he has plenty of useful stuff lying around and he always comes up with creative solutions. Timmers has thoroughly indulged himself designing the most ingenious vehicles, replete with pedals and handles.

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    Babel
    An ambitious young adult novel about the things that divide us: money and religion
    Trouw

    Babel is an exciting, profound novel, in which Jan De Leeuw again shows that his great strength lies in creating complex, thoroughly credible characters. In this flawlessly constructed story the puzzle is slowly laid out and no one turns out to be what they seem. Apparently effortlessly De Leeuw embeds the human struggle of his characters in a web of religion and superstition, Biblical and jihadi themes.

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    Hertz
    A layered book about a voyage of discovery
    Jaap Friso

    Norway, a sleepy fishing village at the beginning of the 20th century. Finn tries to contact his father, out at sea. Against the background of a village that is being forced into modernisation and the inhumanity that sometimes accompanies it, a story of sadness and indefinable longing unfolds, which also smoothly incorporates gripping scenes.

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    Horse in Boots
    A fine adventure with echoes of Astrid Lindgren
    NRC Handelsblad

    ‘Horse in Boots’ is Jef Aerts’ third powerful children’s novel in a row. Aerts excels in combining adventure and excitement in poetic language full of subtle metaphors. The moving friendship between a girl, a horse and an elderly woman is rendered in a succinct but richly evocative style.

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    In this gem of a story, Bart Moeyaert writes with surprising lightness about loneliness and dying. Gerda Dendooven’s robust green-and-black drawings capture the tenderness of death and the strangeness of this imminent demise.

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    White Raven 2017
    Crossing the Line
    Aline Sax shows how the damage inflicted by the wall carries on beyond its physical destruction.
    MappaLibri

    Three generations of Berliners, one wall. In ‘Crossing the Line’, Aline Sax has written an epic tale of life with the Berlin Wall. This tense sketch of a family’s struggle for survival presents daily life in Berlin in a fascinating and convincing light. The threat of the Stasi gradually permeates, and the feeling that no one can be trusted continues to reverberate throughout.

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    ‘The Bench’ is the moving story of a man overwhelmed by loneliness and anxiety. Pain, desperation and yearning made tangible

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    Roger The Soap Knight is passionate about taking baths, scrubbing up, working in the garden (then taking another bath) and doing the laundry. But he’s also passionate about fighting. Together with Gaston, his clean white horse, he sets out to vanquish a dragon.

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    The Pruwahaha Monster
    A creative twist that children who like a bit of the shivers will delight in no end
    School Library Connection

    A five-year-old boy has come along with his father to have a go on his favorite swing near the woods. But while he's been having fun swinging, a huge monster has woken up nearby from a very long nap.

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    Franky
    A tender, funny friendship story
    Publishers Weekly

    Sam is crazy about robots and goes around telling everyone that they live on a distant planet. Nobody believes him. Fed up, he decides to create someone who does understand him. Using parts from a vacuum cleaner, a desk lamp, a radio and a rake he puts together Franky, his very own robot.

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    I'm the Strongest!
    The sober illustrations have an expressive effect
    NBD Biblion

    Piglet thinks he’s the strongest and even dares to enter into a trial of strength with Elephant. This results in a number of humorously detailed but doomed attempts to lift the ten-ton animal. The combination of dark tones, supplemented by a striking red and bright blue, make for eye-catching pictures. 

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    The Magic Garden
    The leading lady of the Flemish picture book
    De Morgen

    The king has twelve daughters, whom he keeps close to him. The girls feel trapped in a golden cage. Until one day they discover a secret staircase that takes them to a magic garden. In ‘The Magic Garden’  Dendooven blows a breath of fresh air through ‘The Worn-Out Dancing Shoes’ by the Brothers Grimm, and adds a feminist-tinted ending.

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    Beware of Grandma
    The pleasure splashes off the page.
    De Morgen

    ‘Beware of Grandma’ tells the story of a remarkable weekend. The star role goes to a quirky grandmother  who travels to a hut in the forest with ten children. The story is packed with adventures and outlandish situations, each magnified by one constant: harmony between text and image.

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    Cat with a Capital ‘C’
    Rich and revealing prints
    De Leeswelp

    In this adaptation of ‘Puss in Boots’, illustrator Sebastiaan Van Doninck brings tension and life to the story with his powerful compositions, beautiful watercolour tints and bright colours as needed. This classic tale-with-a-twist is a veritable feast for the eye.

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    What´s Inside That Crate?
    One of our country’s most original illustrators
    cobra.be

    Six characters try to guess what’s inside the crate they’re about to transport. They all imagine it’s some kind of exotic animal. Though they transport the crate with the greatest care, they can’t prevent it from breaking open repeatedly. And each time a smaller crate appears. A veritable feast!

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    Dusk
    A vivid depiction of what war does to ‘ordinary people’
    Tzum

    Mona is sixteen in 1935 when she learns the tricks of the trade as a serveuse: she is expected to use her feminine charms to coax men out of their money and water down their drinks. In the chaos of wartime, she makes a stubborn decision that will turn her friends’ lives upside down. But can she mess with people’s lives the way she messes with their drinks?

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    ‘I Think’ takes a close look at thinking from different perspectives. Ingrid Godon does this through a mixture of sketches and stylised, timeless portraits of young and old people, using a soft red to highlight details, while author Toon Tellegen works with gently philosophical reflections.

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    The Hunt for the Sabre-toothed Tiger
    Fascinating illustrations
    Cutting Edge

    A tribe is preparing to catch a sabre-toothed tiger. Using a little white rock Olun draws the tiger on a rock, and thus manages to capture the hungry beast in the drawing. Unwittingly, he also lays the foundations for cave drawings. A humorous book full of entertaining details, that invites reading and re-reading.

     

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    Valentina, the emperor’s spoilt daughter, collects birds. When she encounters a talking bird in her dreams, a use for the empty ‘golden cage’ is quickly found. Cneut’s prints exceed all the limits of the illustrative powers of expression: this is art with a capital A.

     

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    When the Queen Disappeared
    Marvellous illustrations
    NBD Biblion

    A poetic story about grief which is nevertheless quite funny. The pictures by Sabien Clement complement Anna Vercammen’s words beautifully, and the illustrator’s elegant lines portray the queen’s slow disappearance in an original way.

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    My Name Is Jan and I’m Nothing Special
    Entertaining and funny
    Pluizuit

    Jan is nine and he’s perfectly ordinary. He would love to be special, though. Kathleen Vereecken and cartoonist Eva Mouton joined forces to create this story full of humour, in which the illustrations and the text come together to form a happy whole. This book is fresh, funny and heart-warming.

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    The ‘Job and the Pigeon’ books are a series of first readers about a quick-tempered boy and an assertive pigeon. Any six-year-old will immediately identify with the story, and the book is also packed with original ideas and surprises.

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    Don't Go to Canada
    De Vlieger has explored and expanded her horizons with verve.
    Jürgen Peeters

    Klaar finds an old notebook in her grandfather’s handwriting and starts reading about his adventures in Canada, in 1929. She discovers that her grandfather was on the run for something and why he came back. 'Don’t Go to Canada' is an ingeniously-constructed coming-of-age novel.

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    One is Enough
    A proper young adult book has no age limits and can be enjoyed by everybody. 'One is Enough' is just such a book.
    De Standaard

    Juliette is growing up in a musical family, but life is no picnic; after the death of her father, her mother proves demanding to live with. The latent tragedy develops inexorably. Els Beerten uses deep psychological insight to bring the affairs of Juliette and her family to life.

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    The Goose and His Brother
    Nothing but superlatives. The master’s hand can once again be recognised.
    Cutting Edge

    While the other animals take life as it comes, the goose and his brother ask themselves questions that are sometimes bigger than themselves. Bart Moeyaert finds the perfect balance between gentle humour and taking their concerns seriously. This lends the stories a timeless and universal character, poetically worded by Moeyaert in his distinctive economical style.

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    In this book of verse, Edward van de Vendel captures fifty everyday sounds for the smallest of children, in an extremely original way. With no buttons to push, no mimicry or clichés, this beautiful book is full of original rhymes.

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    Bigger than a Dream
    Not only stunningly beautiful, it is also very interesting. ****
    De Morgen

    A boy hears a girl calling him one morning. Is it his sister, the sister in the faded photograph on the wall? This is the beginning of an unforgettable adventure. Jef Aerts and Marit Törnqvist have created a beautiful book about death. It is emotional without being sentimental, stepping smoothly back and forth between magic and the literalness of childhood.

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    Red
    Thoughtful and beautifully illustrated
    Kirkus Reviews

    It starts almost imperceptibly, with something innocuous. Tommy is shy, he blushes easily. A little girl notices it, points to him and winks at Paul, the biggest bully of all. Jan de Kinder offers us a powerful story about strong children on the playground who don’t like bullying.

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    Running
    Rhythm and text propel you forward, leaving you breathless.
    De Leeswelp

    The hare, the horse, the boar and the deer run as fast and as far as they can. Their shadows run with them. They run over the plain, through the sand, through the grass.
    This picture book allows even the very young to come into contact with poetic language at a high level, without it becoming inaccessible.

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    The Dog That Nino Didn’t Have
    An unusual tribute to the consolations of imagination
    The Wall Street Journal

    In this moving story about the healing powers of the imagination, Anton Van Hertbruggen and Edward van de Vendel broach major themes such as sadness and loneliness. Dreamy, realistic and fascinating enough to want to look at again and again.

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    COver De engel Yannick
    The Angel Yannick
    Cinematic and disconcerting
    Critic Jaap Friso

    When Yannick Agnel, an Olympic champion, wants to train him, Alex can hardly believe his luck. He gives it his all, and his parents, who don’t see his talent, increasingly become an obstacle to his ambitions. Do Van Ranst sketches another dysfunctional family, and does so with panache.

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    Someone's Sweetheart
    Beautiful adaptation of Stravinsky’s 'The Soldier’s Tale'
    De Morgen

    ‘Someone’s Sweetheart’ is a fairytale in verse form, about a Russian soldier who is given two weeks annual leave from the battlefield in World War I. In the penetrating, moving text, Moeyaert continually plays with foreboding omens. The sinister atmosphere is enhanced by Korneel Detailleur’s impressive grey illustrations.

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    The Girl and the Soldier
    A book to read again and again
    Friesch Dagblad

    A small village behind the front, during World War I. While soldiers struggle to fight, life behind the front goes on. At the inn, where soldiers come to catch their breath, lives a blind girl. One day, she finds someone sitting on her bench: a black soldier, with the ‘scent of roasted nuts’.

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    Still Bread to Eat
    An extremely strong book, a wartime childhood that can be taken as a reference
    Edward van de Vendel

    Flanders, 1914. The war is approaching audibly. Young Nelle volunteers as a nurse in a hospital, seeing this war as a chance to become more than just a baker’s daughter, a mother and wife. Her boyfriend Simon doesn’t want to go to war, but he is pushed by his father, who is fascinated by heroism and the art of warfare, and he ends up in the trenches with his best friend Kamiel.

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    Fish Don't Melt
    Such layering, such rich atmosphere and magnificent dialogue, this is unprecedented
    Jaap Friso

    Matti sets out on the ice road to town on the coldest night of the year to bring his father’s favourite fish to safety. Out on the ice at night, he meets Drika, who is almost blind, and who, like Matti, has a goal to achieve. 'Fish Don’t Melt' is an atmospheric and exciting story about a night full of threat and disaster, but above all a book about love.

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    You and I and All the Other Children
    Wild, breathless stories in this great collection of small texts
    Süddeutsche Zeitung

    This beautifully illustrated treasure chest holds a collection of Bart Moeyaert short stories and poems for children. No matter how different the stories and poems are, they all show Moeyaert’s craftsmanship. Such variety, such a wealth of imagery and style – it all combines to make this book an exquisite anthology.

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    Silk Man
    A book for sensitive readers, young or otherwise, who enjoy taking time for nuances
    Cobra

    Paris, just before the French Revolution. Camille and Louis’ father is a silk merchant, which entails regular journeys to China. Until one day he does not return. Kathleen Vereecken sketches a beautiful and subtle story about loss and how to cope with it against the background of a city where tensions are rising.

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    Birdie
    Her rich vocabulary and thoughtful wording leave a lasting impression.
    Trouw

    ‘Birdie’ is a gripping story about growing up and loneliness. Written from the perspective of adults as well as teenagers, this crossover novel will appeal to both demographics. Van den Broeck creates incredibly believable characters with elaborate characterisation and fluid streams of thought.

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    The Stilt Walker
    A fine debut – it looks like the well of promising young Flemish illustrators has not run dry yet.
    De Standaard

    A man is sitting in his cabin in the forest, all by himself. When he stares out of the window, all he sees are trees. It is a beautiful forest, but the man isn’t happy: he demolishes his little house and with the timber he assembles a pair of tall stilts. With giant steps he can now go and explore the wonders of the world.

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    When Willy Found His Wings
    This is not your average picture book, but a highly original and gripping story.
    Pluizuit

    Willy’s father is keen to teach his son something new every day. But every time he looks over the boy’s shoulder, something goes wrong. Then one day his father decides to send Willy out into the great, wide world to discover his talents.

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    Somersault Day
    ‘Somersault Day’ is imaginative from beginning to end.
    De Standaard

    Zsofi jumps off a star and falls down to earth, little suitcase in hand. This is her Somersault Day. A woman climbs out of Zsofi’s suitcase, picks her up and holds her tight. Somersault Day’ is a gripping story about life, love, death and saying goodbye.

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    Roger
    A beautifully crafted piece of work
    Publishers Weekly

    ‘Roger is Reading a Book’ is both a tribute to the quiet life (the bliss of peacefully reading a book) and to going out and having fun together when city life beckons. The same hustle and bustle in town returns in 'Roger is Going Fishing' where Roger cycles out of town to go fishing. His neighbour Emily on the back of his bike, with the fishing rod in her hand, catches plenty of things before they’ve even left the town.

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    My Favourite Dictionary of Toys
    A nostalgic journey through time by means of beautiful pictures
    De Morgen

    With ‘My Favourite Dictionary of Toys’, young children can learn their first words: ‘dog’, ‘boat’ and ‘pear’, but also ‘speed merchant’ and ‘smitten’. With his typical style – a mix of collage, drawings and graphic work – Gaudesaboos creates a colourful book yet without excess, because he limits himself to depicting only a single word per page.

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    Twig Child
    Without a doubt one of the most beautiful books of the year
    De Morgen

    One cold winter’s night, a man goes out looking for a child because his wife so desperately wants one. But he has doubts about every child he meets in his search. Until he finds a branch that looks like a baby.
    Parents’ love for their children, however different it can be from what you might expect, is magnificently rendered in this heart-warming tale.

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    My Grandma’s Made of Gingerbread
    Well written, beautiful language and original ideas
    De Leeswelp

    A rich and varied book worth cherishing. An eight-year-old boy introduces his eleven grandparents through stories, poems, recipes and comic strips. Evelien De Vlieger shatters all the clichés – or nearly all of them – about grandparents. The illustrations are so detailed it’s hard to tear your eyes away from the pages of this beautiful book.  

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    Thirteen Running Deer
    Great poetry in words and images
    Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis jury

    Moonie is staring at a vase one day when thirteen tiny blue deer come trotting out of it. The deer do not turn out to be friends in whom Moonie can confide, and they don’t come when she calls. Van de Vendel presents a convincing picture of the inner world and conversations of children. De Leeuw employs a minimal background and simple lines and makes very effective use of colour. 

     

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    The Night of 2 April
    Written with a lot of warmth, humour and empathy
    NBD Biblion

    The early 1960s. Joris is ten and likes nothing more than playing war in the dunes. Inside his dad’s old army trunk, he finds a mysterious photograph of his parents with a young man. Who is he? And what does he have to do with the night of 2 April?

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    Beast in Bed
    Marita de Sterck gives fairy tales back their primal power.
    De Morgen

    In ‘Beast in Bed’, tales like Rapunzel and Snow White are restored to their former glory, giving them back their emotional and literary force and their fierce energy. A must-read for anyone who loves pure folk tales.

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    ‘Applesauce’ is a refreshing complement to all the picture books in which dads are always heroes. Here you see a father as he really is: he often realises his role of superdad, but occasionally he can be found lazing on the sofa and sometimes he even changes to scary and grumpy, with thunder in his voice and lightening in his hands.

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    Fifteen Wild Summers
    Poetic, vivid and full of harmonious images
    Die Zeit

    Thomas is dead, but three people can still see him: his inconsolable mother, his beloved Orphee and his dying grandfather. This complex tangle of various lives and perspectives works perfectly. De Leeuw writes highly sensitive, keen prose with poignant images, and is painfully honest in showing that damaged, lonely people can be unreasonable and unkind, and that love can be an immense burden.

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    Cellar Child
    An epic story about life and identity that is hard to put down
    De Morgen

    Kaspar Hauser has intrigued historians, writers and artists for centuries. Kristien Dieltiens has constructed a masterful novel around his life. 'Cellar Child' begins with an impressive scene that grips the reader and refuses to let go until the breathtaking finale 480 pages later.

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    Road to Nowhere
    A gripping and authentic tale of love, friendship, grief and loss
    NBD Biblion

    Eppo is taking a trip. Hitchhiking to France he is picked up by Tabby, who has her own reasons for leaving home. Tabby talks nineteen to the dozen; Eppo is an introvert. Through his eyes we join them on their journey, which has more to do with what lies behind them than with where they are going.

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    Little Paradise
    Aerts has a remarkably pure, poetic style.
    De Leeswelp

    'Little Paradise’ is a tale of longing, of family, of breaking free and wanting to belong and the difficult balance of all those elements. But it is also full of adventure, with storylines that cleverly twist and turn and an action-packed climax.

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    Bernie & Flora
    A warm story you can relate to, skilfully written and illustrated
    De Bond

    Bernie and Flora are a bear and a duck who like the same things and have been friends for years. A series of four books describes their adventures together. The books are an ode to friendship and love, and they also show how both characters need to have respect for each other’s individuality.

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    The Big Question
    Impressive illustrations
    De Standaard

    Like every year, everyone gathers on the top of the hill. Ant is very happy that it is finally her turn to chair the meeting, in which they will discuss a difficult question. Elephant asks how you know that you love someone.

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    'I wish' presents the reader with 33 portraits that take you back to a bygone age. Toon Tellegen wrote accompanying fragments of thoughts, little reflections with a philosophical character. 'I wish’ is a unique and personal document on ‘la condition humaine’, which reveals great sensibility. 

  • Otto Drives Back and Forth to the City
    A feast for the eye
    De Morgen

    Otto and his dad spot some weird and wonderful sights as they drive through the village into the dazzling heart of the city. In dynamic prints full of detailed pictures, Tom Schamp brings all kinds of animals to life in the most bizarre and remarkable vehicles. This wonderful picture book guarantees to provide hours of viewing pleasure.

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    The Pigeon That Couldn’t Dive
    A tender story offering a glimmer of hope for all the frightened little outsiders
    De Leeswelp

    Telemarcus cannot or dares not dive. One day, when all the young pigeons have to take a gruelling diving test to receive their diploma, he anxiously awaits his turn. With his soft-hued illustrations incorporating old photographs, Alain Verster evokes a nostalgic atmosphere. A highly successful and amazingly illustrated book about the fear of failure.

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    Bang
    The maddest most irresistible picture book
    Meg Rosoff

    One big, hilarious pile-up – that’s ‘Bang’, a fabulous picture book story with hardly any words. Animals of all kinds go crashing into each other. They all have their own reasons for not noticing they’re about to smash into the others. But what a happy crash it is! The colourful illustrations make this book a feast for the eye.

  • Over Sea
    Passion, brotherhood and betrayal make this book roar like the sea.
    NRC Handelsblad

    Nelen depicts wonderful and believable characters with her strong sense of atmosphere and observation. In her poetic style, which leaves a lot unsaid, she evokes a dreamlike, misty atmosphere, filled with vague longing, masterfully succeeding in creating an exciting story set against a fascinating historical background.

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    The Milky Way
    An intimate story, written with wonderful tautness
    De Morgen

    ‘The Milky Way’ is an intimate story about growing pains, absence and transience. It is also about the thin line between fiction and reality, and inventing stories as a barrier against things that are too big and too scary. About wanting to stay small, but having to grow up.

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    The Sourballs
    What a wonderful, cheeky children’s book!
    Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

    Brothers Harry and Huibert, 'so sour even the flowers on their wallpaper are wilting’, appear to be pretty content with their stagnant lives: day after day they soak their dentures in vinegar and breakfast on pickled herring and nettle tea. That routine is disrupted when they receive a letter that turns their lives upside-down and uncovers a dark secret from their not-so-colourless past.

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    Paradise
    A literary and richly layered picture book.
    Het belang van Limburg

    Adam believes it’s his job to keep everything in the Garden of Eden, where he lives with Eve, in good order – to curb nature, that is. Eve is beginning to sigh more and she’s taking less pleasure in life. Keen to do something about it, Adam yields to Eve’s fatigue and stops his maintenance work. From then on, everything is allowed to grow rampant.

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    The Magical Life of Mr. Renny
    Vibrant and highly entertaining
    Publishers Weekly

    One day a stranger offers to make Mr. Renny’s dreams come true: everything he paints will come to life. Then his friend Rose asks if she can buy one of his paintings. The spell has to be broken – and soon! In this story, with a big nod to Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte, Leo Timmers combines a rich imagination with a clear, purified visual language.

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    Maia and What Matters
    Breath-taking
    The New Zealand Listener

    Maia and her grandmother have a ball whenever they are together. But then Grandma suddenly falls ill and when she wakes up she has lost her words. Far from the realms of cliché, Tine Mortier and Kaatje Vermeire show how a sharp young girl copes with difficult themes like ageing and death.

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    The Circus of Dottore Fausto
    Dazzling etchings that intrigue to the very last page
    De Morgen

    One day, the circus of Dottore Fausto arrives in Tito’s village. An impressive figure enters the ring and everything changes through his presence. Isabelle Vandenabeele’s black and red woodcuts are dazzling, magnificent, rough, simple, expressive and exuberant.

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    Cover Rosie and Moussa

    Rosie goes to live in a new flat with her mother and quickly makes friends with the boy on the floor above, Moussa, and with the elderly Mrs Hemelrijk. Together they have a fun adventure on the roof, which has a great view over the city.

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    Gallows Maid
    A real page-turner with innumerable surprising and thrilling twists
    De Standaard

    Nita Nomansdaughter is a late 16th century cutpurse. At the age of thirteen, she is sold to a travelling apothecary who swindles market-goers. Nita becomes proficient at her trade, until one day she is caught and sentenced to the gallows.

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    Little Man and Little Woman Are Having a Baby
    Stunning, imaginative visuals
    De Standaard

    Little Man and Little Woman are longing for a child. But before they make one, Little Man and Little Woman start to fantasize about what their child should look like. However, when their baby is finally born, he is not at all how his parents imagined him to be. Still, he is just right…

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    Sammy and the Skyscraper Sandwich
    Funky, colourful, retro-inspired and utterly cool
    Kids’ Book Review

    Sammy is a little boy with a huge appetite, he feels like eating the biggest, tallest sandwich in the world.
    An ode to the creative fantasy of toddlers, who love to convert features of their surroundings into something quite different for a while. This is a look-and-find book full of visual discoveries that will endlessly excite the smallest of children, and indeed their parents.

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    Frozen Rooms
    Grief, caring, love, despair – the whole panorama impresses with its light tone.
    Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis jury

    As fifteen-year-old Jonas is eradicating all traces of his mother’s restless night, he discovers that she has committed suicide. He barely reacts at all, deciding to concentrate on the events of the day. With great verve, Jan De Leeuw succeeds in creating a sense of alienation, a concept that lies at the root of this cross-over novel. He pairs metafiction with seriousness and slapstick with sadness, all with flair.

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    I Think It Was Love
    An extraordinary novel, told in words and sentences of the finest crystal
    De Standaard

    In the enlightened 18th century, Leon is abandoned and taken in by an uncaring foster mother. Méline, the daughter of the family, takes pity on the tough little boy and makes his hard life bearable. When she commits suicide, Leon knows there is only one thing he can do: live.

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    Papinette
    A richly documented novel written in a sensual style
    De Standaard

    Papinette, a curious servant girl in sixteenth-century Antwerp, has no father but many mothers, because all the other servants boss her around. Kristien Dieltiens interweaves the moving, yet disturbing story of Papinette with the history of Antwerp and the rich artistic tradition that has developed in this Flemish city.

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    The Dog Eaters
    A stunning young adult novel
    NRC Handelsblad

    'The Dog Eaters' describes the plight of ordinary citizens during WWI, as seen through the eyes of Victor, the epileptic 17-year-old son of a notary. With its mythical atmosphere and almost unbearable tension, this is an unforgettable novel for readers of all ages.

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    Tomorrow's Party
    Literature of wonderment. For children. And for those few adults who are still capable of wonder.
    De Groene Amsterdammer

    In winter everybody hopes spring will arrive soon. Squirrel is counting down to his final beechnut, Elephant would like to push winter away, while Owl is writing a letter… Nothing seems to help. Until suddenly spring arrives and everybody starts visiting everybody else.