Harm de Jonge
Harm de Jonge (b. 1940) is an author who occupies a special place in Dutch children’s literature. He grew up during WWII and the post-war reconstruction as the son of a barge captain who transported coal. He went on to work as a Dutch teacher and taught and wrote about other writers for years. Since his debut in 1989 with Steenkuib is een rat, his oeuvre has been devoted to creating the ultimate book for boys. His ‘contemporary’ books hark back to the adventurous tranquillity of the rural, post-war northern Netherlands of his youth, lending his work an appealing and distinctive character.