Gideon Samson and Annemarie van Haeringen

Animals Afloat

Noah and his ark, God and his fury — the Bible story has been adapted thousands of times, but rarely as ingeniously as Gideon Samson has done in this book to accompany Annemarie van Haeringen’s pictures.

Samson — nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award — is a writer who ‘is actually incapable of writing uninteresting books’ (NRC). This title is his first picture book. His Noah has no name, and it is God himself who tells the story. A friendship develops, in the middle of the downpours, sealed by the ark as the ultimate coproduction. With his nimble dialogue, Samson leads the reader through Van Haeringen’s tightly composed illustrations, painted in earthy tones. With plenty of space in the pictures and between the sentences, the creators leave the interpretation to the reader, whether religious or atheist.

Samson’s perfectly pitched text is packed with lots of fine little conundrums that only reveal themselves with repeated reading.

De Morgen

Phenomenal illustrations.


Gideon Samson

Gideon Samson (b. 1985) dreamed of being a professional footballer but instead became a writer, like his mother. And what a writer he is. His debut Niets zeggen! (Don’t Say Anything!, 2008) about bullying was an award winner and he became the youngest-ever winner of a Zilveren Griffel for Ziek

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Annemarie van Haeringen

Age: 3+
290 x 240 mm
Illustration rights
Gerstenberg Verlag
Simone Klussmann

Themes: picture book



Wibautstraat 133
1097 DN Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 20 551 12 50


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