Edward van de Vendel and Marije Tolman

See Ya!

A glorious picture book about the comforting power of the imagination

See Ya! is a gentle story about a little girl called Marie, who playfully helps to chase away her big brother Ben’s nightmares.

Unlike Ben, Marie always falls asleep without any worries. She has sweet dreams that inspire her fun and games the follow­ing day. Jealous of Marie’s imagination – “It’s not real!” scoffs Ben – he stops joining in with his little sister’s bedtime ritual and damages their trust in each other.

The short, evocative sentences were written by Edward van de Vendel, who deftly captures the teasing yet ultimately affectionate relationship between this brother and sister. Marije Tolman’s illustra­tions tell so much of the story, too. Her clever combination of linocuts, drawing and painting creates a dream landscape. Her expressive use of colour lends every illustration its own atmosphere.

It’s beautiful to see how Marie’s dream world, alternately spring green, bright red and deep blue, contrasts with Ben’s universe of black and grey – until Marie takes Ben along with her and his life fills with bright and sunny yellow.

This little story is masterfully illustrated by Marije Tolman.

Jaap leest


Edward van de Vendel

Edward van de Vendel (b. 1964) has rapidly developed into an all-round writer for children and teenagers. He once set up his own primary school, but opted in the end for writing, which was better suited to his idealism and talent. After two collections of children’s poetry, he broke through in…

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Doei! (2014). Children's books, 40 pages.


Marije Tolman

Age 5+, English sample available

Themes: picture book


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1012 WZ Amsterdam
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