Author

Judith Eiselin

Judith Eiselin (b. 1970) grew up with a twin sister, a journalist father and a mother who ran a puppet show. So it makes perfect sense that she realised she wanted to become a writer at the age of six. She studied Dutch and went on to work as a children’s book reviewer at NRC Handelsblad for ten years. Then she decided it was time to make her dream come true. Her books, which include De ogen van Jesleia (2004) and De 1001 geheimen van Eva Zout (2006), have been widely praised, because of Eiselin’s empathy with young children and her style, which is contemporary, without being trendy. According to Eiselin, the most important ingredients of a successful children’s book are ‘liveliness, humour, striking, telling detail and a good build-up of suspense’.

The Eyes of Jesleia

The Eyes of Jesleia

(Querido Kinderboeken, 2004, 232 pages)

De ogen van Jesleia (The Eyes of Jesleia) is an original debut by Judith Eiselin. Eleven year old Juliette writes a slogan for ‘The Toy Giant’ and wins a flight to Jesleia, an island in the Pacific. At first sight, it seems a dream tropical island but soon mysterious things begin to happen, she hears a mysterious buzzing and a secret language.

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Jim

Jim

(Querido Kinderboeken, 2010, 163 pages)

Judith Eiselin, along with authors like Astrid Lindgren and Guus Kuijer, is one of that rare group of children’s writers who are capable of fully immersing themselves in the heads of their young characters. In Jim, a dynamic holiday adventure with an ingenious plot and a dash of mystery, that head belongs to eleven-year-old Kiki Moerman. She is a pretty unremarkable, “just plain ordinary” girl, but Eiselin portrays her in such an extraordinary way that you can’t help but love her.

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