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. The children’s literature critics unanimously praised Lampje, which won the prestigious Nienke van Hichtum Prize.

Little Lamp

Little Lamp

(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 Lampje, or ‘little lamp’. During a terrible storm, Lampje 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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