Daan Remmerts de Vries

Soms laat ik je even achter

An eloquent picture book about a girl and her toy bear

This colourful read-aloud story with expressive pictures gently tells how a young girl overcomes her separation anxiety by playing an imaginative game.

It’s a simple game, but it’s still tense and exciting: a toddler leaves her bear behind in the wood and pretends she’s forgotten him. Bear misses her. He feels “empty”. And he gets scared when he meets the wild bears in the wood. But the girl thinks “it’s good to be a little bit scared”. The game doesn’t go on for too long and they’re both delighted to see each other again.

The crisp text harmonises beautifully with the pictures. The illustrations, a mixed technique of watercolour and collage, wonderfully support the story and offer perspective, with the images and colours reflecting Bear’s state of mind. One beautiful example is the transition from dark to light as Bear finds his way through the depths of the forest and bravely heads into the unknown.

Sometimes I Leave You Behind for a Little While perfectly captures the mind of a toddler, with imagination, an urge to explore, and affection all subtly wrapped up together.

Daan Remmerts de Vries’s picture books are touching. […] Sometimes I Leave You Behind for a Little While is another little gem.

Noord-Hollands Dagblad

A sweet and subtle story with clever twists, about the world as seen by a little girl, in which her perspective is beautifully articulated.

Jaap leest

Daan Remmerts de Vries

Daan Remmerts de Vries (b. 1962) is one of the Netherlands’ unusually versatile writer/illustrators. His keyword is originality, and he has worked within all kinds of genres, using both words and pictures to create books for young and old. Typical features of his work are his sensitive child…

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Soms laat ik je even achter (2014). Kinder- en jeugdboeken, 32 pagina's.


Daan Remmerts de Vries

Age 4+

Thema's: prentenboek


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Weteringschans 259
1017 XJ Amsterdam
Tel: +31 (0)20 760 72 10


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