Kari Smeland: THE CROWDIVE FAMILY AND THE SNEEZE IN THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR

 Familien Kråkestup og nyset i nabohuset                                                                     Published by Samlaget, 2012

Cover of 'The Crowdive Family'

Are you a curious snoop? The huge and boisterous Crowdive family lives in an old and dilapidated house. There is only one other house in the neighborhood, and no one has lived there since uncle Sigurd was a boy. But one day the youngest of the twins suspects that someone has moved in.

The investigation of the house next door strings together and abundance of absurd events and with its vibrant ideas the book is a joy to read aloud. Beautifully illustrated it also makes it easy for children to read for themselves. Suitable for 7 to 10 year olds. Illustrated by Mona Brekke.

Dagbladet’s reviewer wrote: “ Fantastic children’s book début about an eccentric family.  The Crowdive Family reminds me of Anne Cath. Vestly, Roald Dahl and The Six Bullerby Children. (…) There is an amazing energy in the story that grabs you from the get-go.”

Translation rights sold to Denmark, France, Germany, Malta and Czech.

Kari Smeland (b. 1984) has a Bachelor’s degree in History and Social Studies and works as a librarian.  This is her first book. Mona Brekke (b. 1975) works with drawings and installations. In 2014 Smeland wrote the children’s novel Circus Ruckus / Sirkus Spetakkel.

Ida Eva Neverdahl: JOJO

 

                                                                                                                                          Jojo                                                                                                                                               Published by Samlaget, 2018

Entertaining cartoon book for kids 8 +

What’s it like having a ninja mum? What should Agent Beans and Agent Corn do when they find out Jojo doesn’t like taco? And why is it cool to be a cat? In Jojo, Neverdahl creates an original, colourful and modern universe – perfect for kids and young ones hungry for cartoons!

Jojo’s adventures were originally published as comic strips in a Norwegian children’s magazine. Now, some of these hilarious adventures from Jojo’s life have been gathered together in one book, to the joy of readers old and new. For this book, Ida Eva Neverdahl has written and illustrated a whole new story arc, which explains, among other things, why Jojo’s life is so strange and magical.

Ida Eva Neverdahl (born 1993) is a cartoonist and illustrator. She creates web series and comic strips for multiple publications and has released three books.

 

Aleksander Kirkwood Brown/ Andreas Iversen: BZZZ. THE WORLD’S SMALLEST BANK ROBBERY

BZZZ. Verdens minste bankran                                  

Published by Omnipax, 2018

A funny, original and action-packed book, perfect for both reading aloud or for children who read alone. With humorous illustrations on every page,  this book also appeals to greedy guzzlers of cartoons.

Illustrated throughout. Suitable for readers from 11+

This is the story of mosquito 93, who lives together with countless other mosquitoes in a hollow tree trunk in the woods. Every day, the girls head out to suck some blood, because only girl mosquitoes do that, while 93 and the other boy mosquitoes stay at home and loaf around. But one day the girls decide they’ve had enough, and send the boys out on a raid. On their hunt for blood and easy pickings, the boys stumble upon something called the Blood Bank. Here, stealing is a piece of cake! Or, erm, perhaps it isn’t as easy as it looks. The hospital is being watched by an angry guard, and the blood is kept in a huge glass cabinet. How will they get their hands on it, let alone manage to get their treasure home?

Wise old Mozze (who is ancient – maybe even five weeks old!) designs a crafty scheme involving fire alarms, a diamond ring, a terrifying bat, and last not but not least – all the mosquitoes working together.

At the back of the book, you’ll find information about both the Blood Bank and about mosquitoes.

Aleksander K. Brown (b.1984) is half-Norwegian, half-Scottish and had his publishing debut in 2013 with the children’s book “Elgen Geir”. He achieved success with his series of horror stories, having twice been nominated for the Norwegian ‘Bokslukerprisen’, a national prize, with its winner being selected by children. Brown has also written cartoons for the Donald Duck comic book. Andreas Iversen (b.1983) is a cartoonist and illustrator. He has a Masters degree in Film and Television Studies, and won the daily paper Dagbladet’s cartoon competition in 2014.  Brown and Iversen are also the creators of the popular series, Edward Rubikon.

Andreas Iversen (left)   Aleksander K. Brown (right)

Christian Wiik Gjerde: THE SEARCH FOR THE FOUR-LEAF CLOVER

Jakta på firkløveren
Published by Samlaget, 2016

Charming and wild!

The summer holidays are here. Alvar and Jens swim with Goldie, search for four-leaf clovers, have club meetings in the tree house. In fact, they do all the fun things one can do on an island out at sea. And soon a new kid will be moving into the big old rambling house. Now they will be three – it’s going to be triple fun! But when the new boy arrives, Alvar understands that the summer is going to be quite different from what he had imagined. There is jealousy, quarrels and intrigues. Alvar must find the little hero in himself, and quick.

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Martine Grande: LOSER

ILLUSTRATED NOVEL

Marine Grande: Tapar/LoserTapar
Published by Samlaget, 2017

Is it possible for a loser to win?

Everyone knows that a sloth can’t move quickly. But you might want to take part in competitions all the same. Seth the Sloth is sick and tired of always coming last when racing against the tortoise, giraffe and fox. So he decides to practice. And he practises and practises and trains and trains. But Freddy the Fox is quick as quicksilver. And whoever comes last doesn’t get a medal, says Freddy. Can Seth win the race?

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Eldrid Johansen: PHARAOH’S CURSE

Eldrid Johansen: Faraos forbannelse/The Pharaoh's CurseFaraos forbannelse
Published by Mangschou 2017

An exciting mystery from Egypt!

Mathilde and Susanne are ready to enjoy the sun as tourists by the swimming pool in Luxor. In Egypt pharaoh’s temples and hidden graves are waiting as well, and they want to discover the ruins where Mathilde’s mom died many years ago.

But even though the sun is shining, Mathilde’s anxiety grows. What do the mysterious signs from her nightmares mean? Why does she feel like someone’s watching them? And what secret was her mom about to uncover when she died?

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Linda Klakken: SILLY, SILLY HEART

Cover of 'Silly Silly Heart'Dumme, dumme hjarte
Published by Samlaget, 2017

Twelve-year-old Clara is at the theatre with her ballet group the Swan Ensemble to see William Shakespeare’s famous classic Romeo and Juliet. With the play as a backdrop she gives rather well-meaning advice to both friends and family about what is needed to become happy: You either surrender completely to love or take a big swig of mouthwash and lie down and wait for the great, all-encompassing darkness. With much empathy and wonderment she tries to makes sense of what love is all about. Is it possible to be faithful to another person all your life, or is love just a big pile of shit?

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Ayse Koca: YOKO ONUR. MAKING OVER MUM

Cover of 'Yoko Onur'Yoko Onur – Et balleliv
Published by Omnipax, 2014

Yoko Onur and her best friend Kara have decided to take control over Yoko’s hopeless life. Since they feel that it is Yoko’s 200 % hopeless mother who is the cause of all her problems, they start a top secret project to:

  1. Find the dream man (for mum)
  2. Find the dream job (for mum)
  3. Make mum dig regular clothes
  4. Make mum dig regular food 5
  5. Find a cuddly puppy (for Yoko and mum)

But things don’t turn out exactly as the have planned. It was not their idea that mum should find a job at their own school! And the hunt for the dream man changes Yoko’s life in a way nobody could have foreseen…

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Hilde K. Kvalvaag/Sturla Bang: UNDER. THE SISTER ANARCHISTS

SCI-FI 13+

Under. Søsteranarkistene
Published by Samlaget, 2017

A fascinating tale from the future city state of Zeijang-Volvo.

The Sister Anarchists is a SF trilogy set in the future where several great Extinctions have scoured the world. People live in corporate citystates. The trilogy centers on nature, power, courage, betrayal, friendship and how short-sighted people can be. In the first book we follow Ela and her childhood friend Skåne.  Ela escapes into the bowels of the city with help from the enigmatic Vida who helps people join the Underground Movement, and they encounter the eccentric synthetic intelligence Fields of Green. More…

Lars Mæhle: CAT CHAOS

ILLUSTRATED NOVEL

Lars Mæhle: Kattekrøll/Cat ChaosKattekrøll
Published by Samlaget, 2017

Mistaken moggies!

Ane is at her grandfather’s for the summer holidays. And she’s bored. One day, they see the neighbour out and about looking for his new cat, Leo, which has suddenly disappeared. The neighbour is about to go on holiday and is desperate because Leo hasn’t come home. Ane and her grandfather promise to look out for the ginger cat. Ane knows that it’s not always easy for a cat to find its way back to a new home. But she doesn’t know yet how much chaos saving a cat can cause – even when you’re only trying to help! There are plenty of surprises in this book.

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