Illustrator

Thé Tjong-Khing

Thé Tjong-Khing (b. 1933) is one of Holland’s best known illustrators of children’s books. He received the prestigious Max Velthuijs prize for his oeuvre. In 2005 he won the Woutertje Pieterse Prijs for his book Waar is de taart? (Where is the cake?), a picturebook without text. His books have been translated into many languages.

Never Tickle a Crocodile

Never Tickle a Crocodile

Robber Chief Wrinklebeard has two cheeky sons and a very obedient daugh­ter. On his deathbed he gives his children the following advice: do what you want, steal anything from anyone, but never tickle a crocodile. Only his obedient daughter does as she’s told.

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Art with Cake

Art with Cake

Deciding to create picture books by himself, without any intervention from a narrator, is perhaps the best decision Thé Tjong-Khing has made in his long career. This artist, whose every line speaks volumes, does not need any words at all.

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Hieronymus

Hieronymus

An adventure in the world of Hieronymus Bosch

In Hieronymus, an art-related picture book by Tjong-Khing, a young boy loses his hat, his backpack and his ball in the world of Hieronymus Bosch.

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The Princess and the Paradise Garden

The Princess and the Paradise Garden

The princesses in De prinses en de paradijstuin (The Princess and the Paradise Garden) couldn’t care less about royal etiquette. Instead of marrying a prince, they’d rather have a swineherd or a stable lad. And when their eyes do happen to fall on a majestic specimen, they always seem to be lazy good-for-nothings or have bandy legs.

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