Author

Annet Schaap

Annet Schaap (b. 1965) is best known in the Netherlands as the illustrator for successful authors such as Francine Oomen, Jacques Vriens and Janneke Schotveld. After studying at two art schools, in Kampen and The Hague, she has illustrated around two hundred picture books since 1991. She has also studied creative writing and worked for a youth theatre as a poster maker and scriptwriter, with a dream of one day creating a book that she both illustrated and wrote. Her literary debut came as a complete surprise to most readers and was soon declared to be one of the best books of the year. Lampie and the Children of the Sea was unanimously praised, won all the main Dutch children’s book prizes and became an international bestseller.

Lampie and the Children of the Sea

Lampie and the Children of the Sea

(Querido, 2017, 328 pages)

Emilia lives in a lighthouse with her father. He has a wooden leg, drinks too much and makes his daughter do all the work. In the harbour town, everyone calls her Lampie, or ‘little lamp’. During a terrible storm, Lampie realises she’s forgotten to buy matches and so the lighthouse lamp remains unlit and a ship smashes into the rocks.

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The Tree with the Ear

The Tree with the Ear

(Querido Kind, 2019, 48 pages)

‘Something happened today in gym class.’ A little boy is bursting to tell the big news that’s bubbling away inside him, but no one has time to listen to him.

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