Maria Parr is awarded with the 2018 SULT-prize (The Hunger Prize), named after Knut Hamsun’s famous novel. The prize is given by Gyldendal Norsk Forlag to “an eminent younger authorship”. This is the first time a children’s book author got this highly respected Norwegian literary prize. (12 February 2019)
She is also nominated to the important Italian STREGA prize that will be announced at the forthcoming Bologna Book Fair.
Landene som forsvant. 1840 – 1970
Published by Spartacus, 2016
A different kind of world history – told through stamps from countries that have been erased from the map
More than 1000 countries have issued their own stamps during the past 175 years since the first “Penny Black” was introduced in England in 1840. Most of them no longer exist. Some of their names will bring back associations, such as Biafra and “famine” and Bhopal and “environmental disaster”. Others, few of us will associate with anything, like Labuan, Tannu Tuva and Fiume. These lost countries have fascinating stories to tell , whether they were short-lived like Eastern Karelia, which lasted only a few weeks during the winter war of 1922, or more tenacious such as the Orange Free State, a Boer Republic which celebrated 50 years as an independent state in the late 1800s.
Dyras beste sjekketriks Published by Samlaget, 2019
Did you know that that the angora goat’s
best pick-up line is peeing on its own face? That spiders seduce their mates
with some catchy music and a steady beat? That penguins propose with pebbles?
Or that a stag uses its antlers as a tool to impress their fussy females? In
this book, Malin Hellebø and Camilla Kuhn focus on all the weird and wonderful
ways animals seduce their partners.
The book discusses everything from
mammals to amphibians to insects and is an entertaining and fact-packed
introduction to the remarkable world of nature.
Malin Hellebø (b. 1989) is a qualified musician, but for several years has been in charge of the popular children’s TV program “Animal Friend”. Camilla Kuhn (b. 1975) has written and illustrated several books for children.
Imagine you woke up one day with wings
instead of arms. Or that you could suddenly change colour like a chameleon, to
blend into your surroundings. In If I had
a tale, the author Mats Eldøen and illustrator Sindre Goksøyr play with the
idea of how the world might have turned out if we had a few more of animals’
This book is best read somewhere with a lot of open space, so you can discover for yourself what it’s like to have eight legs like a spider, or an elephant’s ears. By the way, do you know what an elephant actually uses its ears for? Find out in this fascinating non-fiction book.
Mats Eldøen (b. 1983) is an actor and director who has produced a long line of children’s shows, with over 300 performances worldwide. He is an experienced improvisation artist and has taken part in multiple TV programs. Eldøen is the associate head of arts at the Oslo-based theatre. Sindre Goksøyr (b. 1975) is an illustrator, cartoonist and artist. He has worked on several book projects and exhibitions.
A hilarious, illustrated book about bedtime Klara can’t get to sleep. She does everything she can think of, like drinking extra water, taking an extra trip to the toilet, and trying to convince mummy to sing just one more lullaby. But no matter what she does, Klara feels wide awake.
And things doesn’t get any easier when Klara learns that the monster in the cupboard can’t sleep either! Wide Awake is the classic tale of a child who neither can nor will sleep – and about everything that happens when she tries.
Irene Ahnéll (b. 1971) works as a director and an actress. She is an artistic director for the Bergen-based theatre company, Krabatene, who specialize in creating theatre for children and young people. Wide Awake is her literary debut. Elisabeth Moseng (b. 1967) is an illustrator and author. Moseng has been educated at several institutions, including Kingston University in London. She has illustrated a long line of books and was the mind behind Mr Jones Got a Visitor/Herr Hansen får besøk.
Exciting about an unwilling burglar Bill is a nine-year-old boy, born into a family of burglars. But Bill doesn’t want to be a burglar. One day he has to steal from his own friend, Sausage Sam. “But I don’t want to steal from Sausage Sam,” yells Bill, “He’s my friend!” What does he get in response? “A real burglar has to be able to steal from anyone at all!”
This tale takes place in a world where
every family has a profession they are born to do. Bill doesn’t like stealing,
and mostly only pinches junk that nobody wants. His family thinks Bill is a bad
burglar, and so they pressure him into stealing from his friend. Bill wants to
turn over everything he stole, but on the way there he encounters a band of
people who were also born into the wrong profession, and who have run to the
woods to escape. The Sausage Burglar
is all about finding out who you really are and being brave enough to live the
way you want.
Marianne G. Engedal (b. 1986) is an illustrator and a chef. She was educated at Bergen’s art academy, Kunsthøgskulen. This is her first book.
A classic tale of switched identities with serious undertones. On the way to his grandparents’ house, Amund challenges his twin sister Amanda to switch clothes and pretend to be one another, an experiment that is only intended to last the evening. However, then they receive an unexpected visitor who fails to see through their trick, and switching back suddenly becomes very difficult
The Experiment is an exciting tale about imagining
how things might be it you were the opposite gender, a theme that interests
many children. Both humorous and revealing about gender roles. Suitable for
Harald Nortun (b. 1972) is
a qualified literary scientist and has worked as a teacher at the University in
Trondheim. His debut work as an author came in the form of his novel Røverskogen
(Thieves in the Forest), published in 2006, and he has also published a
collection of poems for young adults, called Nesten saman (Almost Together).
Translations: Rights sold
to Sweden, France, Denmark, Belgium.
A warm, colourful tale about friendship Woolly and the other sheep in her flock are playing hide-and-seek. Woolly is great at hiding, but the others aren’t that good at finding her.
All of a sudden her flock is gone, and
Woolly has to find her way back to them. While trying to find her friends she
gets totally lost and meets all kinds of different animals. First a beaver,
then a weasel and then an elk. No river, avalanche or sleeping bears pose a
problem to Woolly and her new friends. But can Woolly find her flock?
Wolly is a heartwarming and laugh-out-loud story about flocks and
Anna R. Folkestad (b. 1983) is an author and illustrator. She has written many books, including her popular books about Besta and Bo. In 2012 she was awarded the Neo-Norwegian Children’s Literature Prize for her Unni and Gunni series.
The boy in this winter night story cannot sleep; therefore it’s good to have daddy there to answer all his questions. Like are the red birds sleeping?Do the foxes eat their food? And most importantly: is mummy sleeping? In this starry and quiet picture book, we meet a confident father and an anxious boy who take care of each other in the vast winter night. From 4 to 10 years.
Lukas is a small, boy, with a kind and curious heart. Through his perspective he sees the everyday events – little things that can be big and dramatic to a four year-old. The charming tales of Lukas´ world fill readers with wonder and questions. It’s easy to grow fond of Lukas – and once you get to know him, you might even want him as a friend!
Sleep Tight, Lukas/Sov godt, Lukas (1)
Lukas finds it hard to sleep. And it doesn’t get any better when the grown-ups try to help. Everybody in the house tries to get Lukas to sleep, even Oscar the dog. Everybody ends up falling asleep themselves instead. Finally Lukas finds his own ways.
What are you doing, Lukas?/ Hva gjør du, Lukas? (2)
Little Lukas has no one to play with. He putters around on his own. When he starts to play and build a hut, one by one of the other children wants to join him. The story develops and in the end all the children have joined in on the project. There is a room for everyone in Lukas’ hut.
Lukas and the Sparrow / Lukas og spurven (3)
A big sparrow drama for Lukas. Luckily with a happy ending. A sparrow flies into a windowpane and lies lifeless on the ground. Is it dead? Lukas carries the bird inside the house, and the grown-ups come to help. Their curious cat approaches, creating a dramatic moment. In the end everything works fine – the sparrow is not dead and can fly away.
Complete English versions are available for all titles. 32 pages. Format 22 x 23 cm. The fourth book in the series – Lukas and Kim – will be published September 2019.
Johan B. Mjønes (b. 1976) writes books for children, YA and adults. He has a degree in comparative literature. His professional background also include photographing and lecturing at Aschehoug’s Scholl of Writing. Åshild Irgens (b. 1976) is a popular illustrator and designer. She has a degree from Oslo National Academy of the Arts.