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Wim Hofman

Wim Hofman (b. 1941) developed into an original artist for children, finding his inspiration in the language, forms and colours of the Cobra movement. De kleine Hofman (The Little Hofman, 1990) offers an encyclopedic overview of his drawing techniques and poetic narrative skill. Straf en andere verhalen (A Good Hiding and Other Stories, 1991) demonstrate his concern about the powerlessness children can suffer from, whereas books like Koning Wikkepokluk de merkwaardige zoekt een rijk (King Wikkepokluk the Remarkable Seeks a Kingdom, 1973) and Uk en Bur (Uk and Bur, 1990) exude the spontaneity and absurdity of children’s fantasy. Hofman has been awarded Golden and Silver Pencils and Paint Brushes; in 1991 he received the Theo Thijssen Prize for his entire oeuvre. Zwart als inkt won him the prestigious Woutertje Pieterse Prize.

Koning Wikkepokluk de merkwaardige zoekt een rijk

Koning Wikkepokluk de merkwaardige zoekt een rijk

(Van Holkema & Warendorf, 1973, 134 pagina's)

This book is considered to be Hofman’s most typical and personal work. The author received a Dutch Gouden Penseel award for the illustrations. The precise pen drawings reflect the essence of the story: a combination of absurdity and desolation.

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Zwart als inkt is het verhaal van Sneeuwwitje en de zeven dwergen

(Querido Kinderboeken, 1997, 180 pagina's)

Its outward appearance, title, and design immediately make it clear that Zwart als inkt is het verhaal van Sneeuwwitje en de zeven dwergen (Black as Ink is the Story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs) is more than just the umpteenth reworking of a well-known fairy tale. Hofman has subjected the characters and situations of Grimms’ Snow White to intense psychological examination, thereby creating a new story about good and evil, light and dark.

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