Having won three Zilveren Griffels (De vloek van Cornelia, Mijn zusje is een monster and Stekels) and the Gouden Uil for Toen Faas niet thuis kwam (2003), Martha Heesen (b. 1948) is undeniably one of the best children’s authors in the Netherlands. A strong psychological portrayal and evocative narrative structure are characteristic features of Heesen’s writing. Her books are all about brooding, dreamy children. And yet her tone is light and sure-footed.