Illustrator

Martijn van der Linden

In 2001, Martijn van der Linden (b. 1979) graduated from the Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam with only one dream: to become an illustrator. He’s certainly succeeded. Within five years, he has built up an extensive collection of work and demonstrated his mastery of totally different genres. The fine linocut-style drawings that he makes for one book can hardly be compared with the colourful and endlessly detailed paintings that he makes for another title, including for the Dutch version of Kevin Crossley-Holland’s Arthur books. Except for the fact that they are nearly always equally fine in colour and in detail.

Meisjes om te zoenen

Meisjes om te zoenen

Meisjes om te zoenen (Kiss the Girls) is a wonderful variation on the Grimms’ fairytale of the frog prince. The little frog, looking for a sweetheart, welcomes a bunch of beautifully dolled-up girl animals to his castle.

In her light-hearted tone, Maranke Rinck tells a cleverly devised relay story, portraying every girl, each in a different room, with all her ambitions and her nerves: what will the frog prince turn into if he kisses the girl of his choice?

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Ik voel een voet!

Ik voel een voet!

Maranke Rinck and Martijn van der Linden’s new picture book is based on a classic oriental legend. Tortoise, Bat, Octopus, Bird and Goat are sleeping in their hammock high above the ground. Suddenly they hear a sound – something is rustling in the pitch-black night. The animals go to investigate and each of them thinks they can feel something different, as they all see things from their own point of view. So they’re very surprised when the mysterious rustling turns out to be not a terribly big tortoise or a gigantic goat, but just an elephant.

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Alle vissen vonden olifant

Alle vissen vonden olifant

One day, an elephant appears in the sea, just bobbing along. None of the sea creatures know where it’s come from or even whether it really is an elephant. “Elephants don’t exist,” says one. “Yes, they do,” says another, “but they don’t swim. They fly.” Another one claims that elephant is what you get behind your fins when you don’t scrub properly.

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Winterdieren

Winterdieren

Very few writers can do what Bibi Dumon Tak does: write outstanding literary non-fiction for children. Anyone who is at all sceptical should read Winterdieren, a book that will whisk you away to the most remote areas of our world: the North and South Poles, ‘the mother and father of the earth’.

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Het meisje met de gouden jurk

Het meisje met de gouden jurk

Rembrandt’s The Night Watch is the number one attraction at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. But, when you take a good look at this painting, what do you actually see? Hidden among all the fine gentlemen, there is a girl. The story that Schutten tells about her takes young readers on an appealing journey to the world of Rembrandt and his best-known work.

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Memorykonijn

Memorykonijn

The Other Rabbit opens with a double-page spread of match-the-pairs cards. Only one of the cards is turned over to show a picture.

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Een aap op de wc

Een aap op de wc

Een dierentuin in oorlogstijd

Thanks to Anne Frank and her diary, the story of the occupation of the Netherlands in World War II is known all over the world. Anyone who wants to find out more about the subject can read books by hundreds of authors. However, many of those accounts are missing something essential: how it really feels to find yourself, from one day to the next, living in a world of danger and uncertainty.

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Tangramkat

Tangramkat

First there was the innovative Memorykonijn (published in English as The Other Rabbit), a picture book based on the famous memory game, and now Maranke Rinck (b. 1976) and Martijn van der Linden (b. 1979) have come up with a playful way to turn the Chinese tangram puzzle into a book.

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De ring van koning Salomo

De ring van koning Salomo

There are many stories in the Jewish, Islamic and Arab traditions about the wise King Solomon. Following Solomon’s adage that ‘a good word makes the heart glad’, Lida Dijkstra has distilled out of this tangle a colourful fairy tale that, together with Martijn van der Linden’s beautiful, eloquent full-page illustrations, evokes the atmosphere of the Thousand and One Nights and positively begs to be read out loud.

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Stem op de okapi

Stem op de okapi

Driven by their relentless curiosity and unbridled fantasy, Edward van de Vendel and Martijn van der Linden present the okapi as a “splendid and silent mystery animal”. Remarkable facts about one of the last large mammals to be discovered alternate with small okapi stories and cheerful little okapi poems. Van de Vendel’s words are interspersed with Van der Linden’s striking and original illustrations, which show a remarkable range of styles composition and atmosphere.

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