Stein Erik Lunde / Øyvind Torseter: MY FATHER’S ARMS ARE A BOAT

Stein Erik Lunde / Øyvind Torseter
Eg kan ikkje sove no
Published by Samlaget, 2008

Eg kan ikkje sove no/My Father's Arms are a BoatThe 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.

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Elisabeth Moseng: MR. JONES GOT A VISITOR

Elisabeth Moseng
Herr Hansen får besøk
Published by Mangschou Forlag, 2017

Mr. Jones is a grump. He does not like people. He does not like animals. He does not even like children, come to think of it!

One day he suddenly discovers a non-expecting visitor in the garden. What should a grump do then? Mr. Jones got a visitor/A visit for Mr. Jones is a lively book about friendship and how life can be turned upside down by a giant elephant in his own garden. The story tells about little Alfred and the elephant called Gift, and how life might change for a grumpy old man.

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Cecilie Seim: MADAM’S 11 CHILDREN

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Published by Omnipax, 2015

In this teeming picture book we follow Madam and her 11 children from morning to night.

Each of the children is the “main character” in one of the detailed, double-page illustrations, all of which depict chaotic versions of familiar family situations. They eat breakfast, go to the playground, to the swimming pool and the library, have granny over for TV night and in the end are all gathered together in the bathroom. Or rather, no, in the end most of them are in bed and Madam can sing them Troll Mother’s Lullaby.

An easy-to-follow story, with small puzzles and tasks on each page, is told in short, rhythmic pieces of text. Who is asleep on the floor? Can you see the packet of porridge in all the chaos? The children are named One, Two etc., and very young readers who have learned to count can find the numbers 1 to 11 on their outfits – as they are each wearing the shirts of their football teams.

From the reviews:
“The educational qualities of the book do not come at the expense of the reading experience.” –Barnebokkritikk.no

About the author

Cecilie Seim (b. 1976) is a qualified illustrator. Her previous book, One Little Cat, appeared in 2012 and her work has appeared in various other books, including a picture book for adults, Souads’ purses.

Kari Stai: HEADSPIN

Kari Stai
Tankespinn
Published by Samlaget, 2017

Picture book illustrator Kari Stai has created a beautiful and intelligent book about all the fantasies and imaginable catastrophes we have in our heads.

Using her imagination, Ada takes her best friend Rolf with her up into space. Rolf always travels with Ada in the conker rocket, or on her flying carpet. But when the new girl moves into the street with a trampoline, Rolf wants to go back down and experience speed and excitement for real. Ada’s thoughts become knotted and heavy as stones.

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Kari Stai: YESPER AND NOPER – THE NEIGHBOUR

Kari Stai
Jakob og Neikob – Naboen
Published by Samlaget, 2016

Kari Stai: Jakob og Neikob – Naboen/Yesper and Noper – the NeighbourThe fourth book in the series about Yesper and Noper deals with the unfamiliar. One day, Yesper and Noper see that they have a new neighbour. Yesper is happy, while Noper is extremely sceptical, building a tall fence to stop their neighbour coming to see them. Yesper builds a bridge precisely to enable the neighbours to visit each other. Hasn’t Yesper heard that you’re not supposed to talk to strangers? When their neighbour suddenly closes the curtains, Noper thinks this is clear proof: the neighbour has something to hide!

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Kenneth Steven / Øyvind Torseter: THE STORY ABOUT HOW DOGS GOT WET NOSES

The story about how dogs got wet nosesHistoria om korleis hunden fekk våt snute
Published by Samlaget, 2012

Fabulous twist on Noah’s Ark. When water floods the land, old Noah builds a huge ark and takes on board creepy-crawlies, farm animals and wild animals of every type. While they are out at sea something awful happens, the boat springs a leak! What on earth can they do? Luckily Noah knows a way. This picture book is a lively retelling of the old fable.  More…

Njord Svendsen and Akin Duzakin: FLOPWOLF

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Published by Samlaget, 2016

“If I could only disappear into the great forest, and come out somewhere else, “ thinks Flopwolf. He is a wolf that cannot howl. He is not as strong as the others, and he does not look like them. And now he’s tired of pretending that he resembles the other wolves. Flopwolf has to get out and decides to leave the pack and find out what’s on the other side of the forest.

The tale about Flopwolf is a book about unexpected friendship and about what it really means to be brave.

Complete English translation available.

Njord Svendsen (b. 1973) has worked as a journalist but is now a communications advisor. Akin Düzakin (b. 1961) is picture book author and illustrator. Duzakin has illustrated a number of picture books, and he has received several national and international awards.

Trude Tjensvold: BO MOVES OUT

bo-flyttar-utTrude Tjensvold
Bo flyttar ut

Published by Samlaget, 2016

This is an imaginative picture book about feeling ignored.

Bo the Cat was like the cat who got the cream before Viktor the Dog moved in. He takes Bo’s place in the mistress’s bed. The mistress used to give Bo  fried bacon and cooked fish, but now she only serves liver, because that’s what Viktor wants. The mistress seems to be more interested in Viktor the Dog than Bo the Cat. There’s only one thing to be done, and that is to find somewhere else to live. So Bo sets out into the world to find a new home where there are no dogs.

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