A thrilling book about Advent in 24 chapters Merry Christmas, pa rum pa pum pum! It’s the first day of December, and Fredrik and his parents are checking into the Advent Hotel. But something doesn’t feel quite right. Fredrik is hearing sounds that nobody else can hear. What’s more, a billy goat is running amok in the hotel, and birds are flying around the ceiling, wearing beards and Santa hats.
The Scary School Start Torbjørn is six years old. This autumn he is going to start school. Everyone is asking him whether he’s excited. After all, isn’t it always exciting to become a schoolboy? But Torbjørn is dreading it. He doesn’t want to stop going to preschool, and he doesn’t want to buy a schoolbag. Why can’t he just be happy like all the other kids?
Jakob og Neikob – Stormen Published by Samlaget, 2019
Yesper and Noper are in climate trouble The two best friends, Yesper and Noper are out pruning their garden when Screwloose zooms past on her way to the factory. “Can you really build anything imaginable there?” ask Yesper and Noper. “Anything at all in the blink of an eye!” replies Screwloose.
Avlyst på grunn av sorg Published by Samlaget, 2019
Emotions in turmoil
“Jesus, I’ve seen so many people just like you: beautiful, privileged and from good families, people who always have the wind behind their back. But the moment the going gets tough, they’re in total crisis.”
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.
Sprut. Sanninga om kroppsvæskene dine Published by Samlaget, 2018
Once you read this book, blood tests, kisses and glasses of milk will never be the same. In A Single Drop, Åsmund H. Eikenes spurts out funny stories about blood, sweat and tears, and mixes them together with grand revelations about more than 50 vastly different bodily fluids.The latest research tells us that our inner juices are far more important than you might think. Tiny little snot droplets can stay airborne for a whopping ten minutes after a mighty sneeze, mucus from the cervix guides healthy sperm cells on their way to the egg, and young people’s blood may contain the secret recipe to eternal life.
Nesten menneske. Biografien om Julius Published by Samlaget 2017
Julius the Chimpanzee is the most famous animal in Norway. He was born on Boxing Day 1979, in Kristiansand Zoo in southern Norway. Six weeks old he was rejected by his mother and had to live with a human family for one year. A camera crew followed him during this period and the following TV program made him into a celebrity in Norway.
Poetry that opens luminous spaces by a World-Class poet
Olav H. Hauge (1908 – 1994) was born in Ulvik, the fjordside village where he spent almost his entire life. While his mother Katrina had deep roots in Ulvik, his father Håkon came from Sogn, several mountain ranges and one fjord farther north.
Reluctantly, 16-year-old Knut goes on a trip to Canada with his mother Gunhild. The plan is to follow the footsteps of his great-grandfather who left his wife and six children in Norway, never to return. Knut has dropped out of school after a serious act of violence against his best mate. His mother’s aim is to make this trip into turning point. Moreover, she also has an urge to get away. The journey takes them into the great Canadian wilderness where nothing turns out to be as they have planned or imagined.
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. Kjell 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.
Complete English version available.
Marianne G. Engedal (b. in 1986) is an illustrator and a chef. She was educated at Bergen’s art academy, Kunsthøgskulen. This is her first book.