Irene Ahnéll and Elisabeth Moseng: WIDE AWAKE

Pling vaken
Published by Samlaget, 2018

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.

Marianne G. Engedal: THE SAUSAGE BURGLAR

Cover of Marianne Engedal: The Sausage Burglar

Published by Samlaget, 2019

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. Format 21,5 x 30 cm.

Author Marianne Engedal
Photo: Tove K. Breistein

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.

Anna Folkestad: WOOLLY

Cover of Anna Folkestad: Wooly

Published by Samlaget, 2019

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 stoat and then a moose. No river, rockslides, nor even sleeping bears pose a problem to Woolly and her new friends. But can Woolly find her flock?

Woolly is a heartwarming and laugh-out-loud story about flocks and friendships.

Author Anna Folkestad

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.

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

Eg kan ikkje sove no/My Father's Arms are a BoatEg kan ikkje sove no
Published by Samlaget, 2008

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.


Johan B. Mjønes/Åshild Irgrens : THE LUKAS SERIES

Published by Aschehoug 2016-2018

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!

Cover of Mjønes/Irgens: Sleep Tight, Lukas

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.

Cover of Mjønes/Irgens: What Are You Doing, Lukas?

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.

Cover of Mjønes/Irgens: Lukas and the Sparrow

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.

Author Johan B. Mjønes and illustrator Åshild Irgens

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.

Elisabeth Moseng: MR. JONES HAS A VISITOR

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 has a visitor 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.


Lars Mæhle / Lars Rudebjer: THE DINOSAUR BUNCH series

Published by Kagge Forlag, 2019

Get to know all about dinosaurs big and small in THE DINOSAUR BUNCH. Rasmus Rex is a slightly anxious six year-old who lives together with his family in the big boggy forest. Rasmus is always being reluctantly dragged along on adventures by his best friend, Trym Troodon. Trym is six years old too, but nothing frightens him. And then there’s Grandma Rex. She isn’t nearly as sweet and elderly as she looks. Sometimes she can be downright deadly!


Early one morning, Rasmus Rex rudely awoken by his friend, Trym Troodon. Trym has big news: His mum’s egg is about to hatch! Rasmus and Trym decide to take a shortcut through the boggy forest to get there in time. But is this very wise? On the way they meet some fairly fearsome dinosaurs. And when they come out the other side, a surprise is waiting for them…


Rasmus Rex is visiting the beach with his family and his best friend, Trym. Rasmus isn’t such a good swimmer, so when his big brother Robin challenges Rasmus and Trym to a swimming competition, it can’t possibly go well. All these rumours about a sea monster in the water don’t help either. It turns out to be an exciting competition, with plenty of Dino-surprises the whole way through.



Kari Stai: Jakob og Neikob – Naboen/Yesper and Noper – the NeighbourJakob og Neikob – Naboen
Published by Samlaget, 2016

The 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!