Illustrator

Philip Hopman

Philip Hopman (b. 1961) graduated from the Rietveld Academy of Art in Amsterdam. Since 1988 he illustrated over over 250 children’s books with a cinematic technique that has found many imitators. In the Netherlands, he is known as “the artist who can draw anything” – including farmers, horses, agricultural machinery, and so much more besides. His picture books, including the award-winning 22 wezen (22 Orphans), have been translated into many languages.

His pictures are crammed with hilarious details; his dashing style shows great professional skill. Watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations capitalize on the text in comic detail.

Toen kwam Sam

Toen kwam Sam

‘Seeing him was always a surprise, because he was so beautiful and white, and a little bit mysterious.’ Nine-year-old Kix and his younger sister Emilia fall in love with a big Pyrenean mountain dog the instant he walks into their lives. The dog is nervous and thin, with sad eyes and tangles in his ‘warm snowy fur’. Slowly the children gain his trust. But where did he come from?

This heart-warming story is one of Edward van de Vendel’s best books so far, mainly because of its tone. Based on a true story, it flows as if telling itself. Kix’s voice and experiences strike the reader as utterly authentic.

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Het hanengevecht

Het hanengevecht

Stories about people in impoverished circumstances are often very gripping. When life is hard, the decisions you make can really matter. If you have no money and something goes wrong, your situation can quickly go from bad to worse. Hans Hagen’s The Cockfight is all about living in poverty and making the right decisions.

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Boer Boris

Boer Boris

In their Farmer Boris picture books, Philip Hopman’s masterful illustrations perfectly underline the humour of Ted van Lieshout’s rhyming stories.

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Ga toch fietsen!

Ga toch fietsen!

When Bobby the panda and William the dog have an argument, William says to Bobby, “Go on! On your bike!” So Bobby gets onto his bike and goes for a long, breath-taking ride through the town and countryside.

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Hubert de Givenchy

Hubert de Givenchy

Voor Audrey met liefs

Before Philip Hopman (b. 1961) became an illustrator, he briefly studied fashion. Hubert de Givenchy – voor Audrey met liefs (Hubert de Givenchy – for Audrey with Love) combines both of these passions.

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