Wim Hofman (b. 1941) developed into an original artist for children, finding his inspiration in the language, forms and colours of the Cobra movement. De kleine Hofman (The Little Hofman, 1990) offers an encyclopedic overview of his drawing techniques and poetic narrative skill. Straf en andere verhalen (A Good Hiding and Other Stories, 1991) demonstrate his concern about the powerlessness children can suffer from, whereas books like Koning Wikkepokluk de merkwaardige zoekt een rijk (King Wikkepokluk the Remarkable Seeks a Kingdom, 1973) and Uk en Bur (Uk and Bur, 1990) exude the spontaneity and absurdity of children’s fantasy. Hofman has been awarded Golden and Silver Pencils and Paint Brushes; in 1991 he received the Theo Thijssen Prize for his entire oeuvre. Zwart als inkt won him the prestigious Woutertje Pieterse Prize.