Kari Stai: YESPER AND NOPER-series

Cover of "Yesper and Noper and the Time Machine"

Jakob og Neikob-serien
Published by Samlaget 2008 – 2022

NEW! 7 Yesper and Noper and the Time Machine
Jakob og Neikob og tidsmaskinen.
The seventh and final book about best buddies, Yesper and Noper
This is a story about time – which can go quickly or stand still. And get lost. Best friends Yesper and Noper go to bed after a long, busy day. They’re keen to get some rest. But when they wake up again at last, they find they’ve slept for ten whole years. What’s happened to all that time? Have they lost it? Can the Thief have stolen it? Can they buy some time from Slowper at the corner shop, who always has all the time in the world? Or could a time machine be their salvation?

Book review from NRK P2 (Norwegian Broadcasting, radio P2: 2 April 2022

“In the seventh book in the series, Kari Stai concludes with a one-of-a-kind children’s adventure. What do we do with the time available to us? Do we use it actively or do we store it up? Is it possible to steal time or can it be bought? These are the kind of questions that best friends Yesper and Noper are grappling with.   …. The book has all the hallmarks of a classic. …  It will stand the test of time.

The aim of introducing the very youngest readers to complex ethical dilemmas gets a thumbs up from me. When the stakes are raised in a grounded, everyday story, the end result is superb children’s literature.”

The daily newspaper Klassekampen wrote “… a highly successful exploration of some very big questions. The book has the whole scope of human life within its sights”.

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Pia Strømstad/Trond Bredesen: 10 DARING EXPEDITIONS

Cover of "10 Daring Expeditions"

10 ville ekspedisjonar
Published by Samlaget, 2018

Neil Armstrong was the first man on the moon. Ellen MacArthur sailed across stormy, rocky seas the whole world over – all by herself. And no-one has ever been as far beneath the earth’s surface like Gennadij Samokhin. What drives a person to travel to where no man has ever been before? What makes them climb higher, dive deeper, and blaze a trail into a world that is often cold, wet and dangerous, without ever knowing whether they will make it back?

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Christine Fure Schwarz: REDESIGN. SEW FABULOUS CLOTHES FROM FLEA MARKET FINDS AND OLD CLOTHES

CRAFT – SEWING

Redesign. Sy fantastiske klede av loppisfunn og gamle plagg
Published by Samlaget, 2021

“We’re always hearing how the textile industry is one of the world’s most polluting industries. Norwegians throw away 23 kilos of clothes each per. This is probably not an exception in the Western world. Interest in the environment and sustainability is higher than ever before and I think it is important for people who want to change their lifestyle to have access to the right tools and assistance. I want this book to be just such a tool – a tool that can help encourage recycling while sparking inventiveness and creative joy,” says the author. 

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Rolf E. Stenersen: EDVARD MUNCH. CLOSE-UP OF A GENIUS

BIOGRAPHY

Cover of "Edvard Munch. Close-Up of a Genius"

Edvard Munch. Nærbilde av et geni
Published by Sem & Stenersen Forlag, 2013

In 1944 Rolf E. Stenersen wrote a biography of the world-renowned painter Edvard Munch, which became an instant classic. Living up to its title – Edvard Munch. Close-up of a Genius – presents a portrait that is so intimate, refreshingly honest and revealing that the artist emerges from the pages. The Norwegian daily Dagbladet wrote in 2004: “Spanning one hundred and fifty pages, it may well be the best biography ever written in Norwegian. By any account, it is one of the most personal, revealing and, not least, humorous books about a Norwegian.” 

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Bår Stenvik: THE INFORMATION

Cover of "The Information"Informasjonen
Published by Tiden Norsk Forlag, 2018

Sven left Nora. Or did Nora leave Sven? Something went wrong between them  –but what? Sven should know. He’s an expert in interpersonal communications for the company Human Content, analyzing and counseling people on body language, coaching professionals. His relationship rupture coincides with a mysterious new project, where Sven is tasked with teaching emotional expression to the artificial intelligence SAM, an experimental digital coach. As Sven’s knowledge is transferred to SAM, man and machine grow closer. But how reliable are his assessments? Why does he experience blackouts? What does the company actually want from him? And what happened to Nora?

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Marianne G. Engedal: THE SAUSAGE BURGLAR

Pølsetjuven
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!”

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Tone E. Solheim: THE BLACKBIRD SINGS AT NIGHT

Cover of "The Blackbird Sings at Night"

Svarttrasta syng om natta
Published by Samlaget, 2021

Edith + Martha = true
This is the story of Edith, a girl who hates everything and everyone. She is the one who always hides beneath her hoodies, gets whispered about in the classroom, and more than anything just wishes she could disappear without a trace.
Yet this is also the story of Martha, a girl who loves the Beatles, misses her father, and tries to see the best in everyone – no matter what.

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Bjørn Berge: NOWHERELANDS

“A fascinating philatelic journey”
“Nowherelands is a real treat, and not only for the stamp collectors among us, for the rest of us as well. The idea is so good as to make one green with envy: writing a book about countries that no longer exist. And there are many of them! … The chapter titles are a joy in themselves: “Princesses in burkas”, “Bottle flies and a thirst for oil”, “Sea cucumbers for stone money”. But nothing surpasses the place names: Inini! Ryukyu! Iquique! … Four pages are dedicated to each country and shocking world history is reeled off. Poetic descriptions and peculiar details, spiced with well-chosen quotations from both fiction and travel writers … “Nowherelands” is an exceptionally beautiful book, printed on exquisite paper. Each country comes with a map, a stamp, tips for further reading and occasionally recipes, music and film suggestions.”
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Kari Stai: SO-SO HAPPY

Cover of "So-so Happy"

Passe happy
Published by Samlaget, 2021

Illustrated children’s novel from the creator of Yesper and Noper
Juri is about to turn 12 and feels nervous about absolutely everything. All on his own, he has to work out love, football, and how deep you should go with your tongue when you kiss someone so nobody chokes. Juri wonders whether he is in love, while his best friend Evy starts behaving a little bit strangely. Then, to top it all off, Juri’s dad has just left his mother.

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Lene Wold: NO HONOUR IN CRIME

DOCUMENTARY/CURRENT AFFAIRS

Lene Wold: Ære være mine døtre/No Honour in CrimeÆre være mine døtre
Published by Kagge Forlag,  2017

During the past three years, Lene Wold has spent a considerable amount of time in Jordan with a man who has killed both his mother and one of his two daughters in order to restore his family’s honour. Wold has travelled around Jordan and interviewed a number of people about honour killing. The author portrays the man’s upbringing, culture and dilemmas that shaped him as a person and the choices he made. Wold’s other important source is Amina. This daughter spent several years in prison after the failed murder attempt in order to protect her from her own family. In Jordan, it is the women, the survivors of attempted honour killings, who are imprisoned – not the perpetrators.

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