Author

Simon van der Geest

Simon van der Geest (b. 1978) is one of the most remarkable new writers of children’s books in the Netherlands. With only his second children’s book, Dissus, Van der Geest won the most important Dutch children’s book prize last year, the Gouden Griffel, and by then film rights to his debut, Yellow Grass, had already been sold. Van der Geest also writes for the theatre.

Yellow Grass

Yellow Grass

(Querido Kinderboeken, 2009, 104 pages)

Why should a foreign publisher have your book translated?
Simon: Yellow Grass is a wonderful story about a girl called Fieke, who has a lot of courage and loads of imagination. One day she unzips her tent at a French campsite and finds that her parents have left without her. Together with the runaway Jantwan, she comes up with a plan to fi nd them. People have told me that it’s a fantastic read. One girl said she was laughing so much she fell out of bed… I want children all over the world to have that same pleasure!

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Dissus

Dissus

(Querido Kinderboeken, 2010, 120 pages)

Dissus is a modern boy in a cool pair of long shorts and a tracksuit top, who finds himself in a dream adventure with nine classmates. The ten friends have to fight their way past giants, monsters and sorceresses, including Farmer One-Eye, Circe and the Scylla 2000. One boy after another meets a sticky end.

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Sputterfly

Sputterfly

(Querido Kinderboeken, 2012, 240 pages)

In the secret cellar under the shed, Hidde, an insecure ten-year-old, has an ‘insect lab’ where he studies slugs, grasshoppers and stag beetles. But his brother Jeppe wants to turn the cellar into a music room and he declares war on Hidde: scram, and take your creepy-crawlies with you.

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Website

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