Daan Remmerts de Vries
Daan Remmerts de Vries (b. 1962) actually wanted to become a musician. He wrote and played his own music and tried to make a go of it. When this didn’t work, he decided to start writing. In his books, he humorously holds up a mirror to parents and educators, but also to the children themselves. He won a Gouden Griffel for best Dutch children’s book of the year for Godje (Little God, 2002). De Noordenwindheks (The North Wind Witch, 2004) won a Zilveren Griffel. Tiger Island is the closest he has come to autobiography so far: Remmerts de Vries himself once travelled to India with his divorced mother.