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Jan Paul Schutten

Jan Paul Schutten (b. 1970) is one of the Netherlands’ most celebrated writers of non-fiction for children. His work, in which the emphasis is on history, nature and science, has twice been awarded the Gouden Griffel for the best children’s book of the year. His book about evolution, Het

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The Girl in the Golden Dress

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…

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The Mystery of Nothing and Infinite Snot

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…

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The Mystery of Life

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:…

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Is That All?

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…

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Just Smell What I’m Saying

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…

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A Forest of Wonders

Bright yellow letters glow out from a dark wood that is captured in a deep midnight blue. The mysterious cover of A Forest of Wonders beautifully matches the contents of this non-fiction book, which can be seen as a declaration of love to nature, and is supported by Medy Oberendorff’s…

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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…

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Medy Oberendorff

Medy Oberendorff (b. 1975) studied at the Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten Maastricht. She has had four children’s books published to date, which reveal her love for everything that lives; in her sophisticated and detailed depiction of animals and plants, she shows the beauty of nature.…

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Floor Rieder

Floor Rieder (b. 1985) is best known for her illustrated interviews in Dutch newspaper. The Mystery of Life (2013) was her impressive book debut. It was awarded the Golden Paint Brush, the country’s most prestigious illustration prize for children’s books.

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