Ted van Lieshout

Child To Let

Kind te huur (‘Child To Let’) demonstrates Ted van Lieshout’s original perspective. Pipet is a post-modern, no-nonsense girl who wants to get rich. She gets annoyed by her parents’ half-baked ideas about conquering the world with a three stringed violin or fortune-telling. Pipet prefers a businesslike approach. She sends her parents off on a world tour, puts on a two-piece woman’s suit and rents herself out to parents who don’t have any children.

In a remote hotel she receives her candidates: an old man looking for a rent-a- great-grandchild to indulge him on his deathbed, a couple who want to prepare themselves for the arrival of an adoptive baby, and Mr and Mrs Horrel ten Voetenuit (‘Clubforth-Footwick’), who are looking for a strong girl of fifteen to polish their silverware.

For a moment it seems as though Pipet will succeed till disagreement breaks out amongst the renting parents. The dramatic ending takes another turn when Joris and Rebus, the two hotel owners decide to give Pipet the security she needs so much. They rebuild their hotel into an impregnable fortress and learn how to survive together. An unusual story full of witty situations that invite the reader to look at the well-known and the obvious with new eyes.


Ted van Lieshout

Ted van Lieshout (b. 1955) studied at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and worked as a designer before moving on to writing and illustrating children’s books. His work is in a constant state of flux; he is always looking for new styles and techniques in both words and pictures. His stories for…

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Kind te huur (1989). Children's books, 110 pages.


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