Ted van Lieshout en Philip Hopman

Boer Boris

A bestselling picture-book series about one of the best-loved characters in Dutch children’s books

What began ten years ago with a simple counting book has grown to become an iconic picture-book series in the Netherlands, featuring playful stories of a consistently high quality. These stories are about Farmer Boris, a pre-schooler who has adventures with his brother and sister on and around his farm.

Life on the farm already appeals to young readers’ imaginations, and Boris also gets to have lots and lots of fun – as his parents are nowhere to be seen. Boris looks after the animals and the land all by himself, cooks soup, bakes bread, and cruises around on a tractor. How cool is that? The smoothly rhyming texts – accessible, yet with rich vocabulary – and the fabulous pastel illustrations in Hopman’s elastic style make this an irresistible series for reading aloud. There are now fifteen books in the series, including themed books for Christmas, Easter, winter, summer and birthdays. There has also been a bath book, a memory game, a find-the-difference board book and a friendship book.

In 2022, a Farmer Boris exhibition and a play can be seen in the Netherlands.

Hopman excels in Boer Boris en bakkertje Bas (Farmer Boris and Baker Bas) with his delightfully detailed interiors (the baker’s shop!) and city scenes, with ornate façades in fresh rainbow colours. Simply irresistible!



Ted van Lieshout

Ted van Lieshout (b. 1955) is a poet, writer and artist for children and adults. He studied at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and worked as a designer before moving on to writing and illustrating children’s books. Van Lieshout is always looking for new styles and techniques in both words and…

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Boer Boris (2021). Kinder- en jeugdboeken, 32 pagina's.


Philip Hopman

Age: 3+

Thema's: prentenboek



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