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Jan Paul Schutten

Jan Paul Schutten (b. 1970), who has written over 35 books, is the Dutch king of non-fiction for young readers. He won a Vlag en Wimpel award for his debut Ruik eens wat ik zeg (Just Smell What I’m Saying, 2003). In 2008, he won the Gouden Griffel, the award for the best Dutch children’s book of the year, for Kinderen van Amsterdam (Children of Amsterdam).

Ruik eens wat ik zeg

Ruik eens wat ik zeg

De taal van planten en dieren

(Querido Kind, 2003, 121 pagina's)

Can we talk to the animals? Do you understand what your pet is telling you, or what birdsong means? Animals and even plants have a great deal to say. How does maize send out SOS messages? If a monkey learns sign language, what does he talk about? Why do some frogs mime? Why does your cat nuzzle you? Is it true that barking dogs don’t bite? Are baby birds given singing lessons? Why do midges dance?

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Is dat alles?

Is dat alles?

(Gottmer, 2012, 32 pagina's)

Everything was better in the old days? No, absolutely not. Everything was so much worse back then! ‘We were so poor that we had to drink our tea out of a rolled-up newspaper!’ The famous Monty Python sketch ‘Four Yorkshiremen’ was what inspired Jan Paul Schutten to create the picture book Is That All? Together with illustrator Kees de Boer, he has elevated bragging to an art form.

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Het meisje met de gouden jurk

Het meisje met de gouden jurk

(Rubinstein, 2012, 28 pagina's)

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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Het raadsel van alles wat leeft

Het raadsel van alles wat leeft

De stinksokken van Jos Grootjes uit Driel

(Gottmer, 2013, 160 pagina's)

Jan Paul Schutten’s energetic account of the amazing story of evolution and the ­origins of life, with his precise yet light-hearted tone, is truly unique and a most admirable achievement. Het raadsel van alles wat leeft (The Mystery of Life) is the ultimate non-fiction book for children: inspirational and a model of how a subtle balance between facts, images and imagi­nation can make the invisible visible.

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Het mysterie van niks en oneindig veel snot

Het mysterie van niks en oneindig veel snot

(Gottmer, 2018, 160 pagina's)

From the Big Bang to Einstein’s theory of relativity, and from supernovas to reverse gravity: in this book, non-fiction writer Jan Paul Schutten and illustrator Floor Rieder manage to present the most complex of subjects in an accessible and appealing way, one step at a time and with a great sense of humour.

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