A humorous story about being different and daring to stay true to yourself.
In this book, an endearing bunch of losers of a beauty contest join forces. Ayla, Juultje, Tinker & Swing and Miep are disqualified from the contest because they are a zebra (striped), pony (too small), stallions (boy horses) and a seahorse (way too small). The five of them decide that this is not fair – and they fight back.
Van de Vendel has gone to town with silly qualifying rounds and vain presenters, writing a humorous and at times touching book about being different, daring to stay true to yourself and real friendship. Because ultimately that’s what unites this mixed assortment of participants: the unconditional support they find in one another.
Floor de Goede, originally a comics artist, provides the perfect match for this story with his cartoonish drawings, lending the book all the appeal of an animated film. With its cheerful exuberance, this is a layered book about inclusivity and the precarious nature of fame.