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Sabine Ludwig (Author), Isabel Kreitz (Illustrator)

Aufruhr im Schlaraffenland

Commotion in Cockaigne

Philip (soon to be 12) and his father are off on a hiking holiday – on the way there they pick up Carmen Schultze (who runs a beauty studio in Berlin) and her children Samantha (13) and Justin (5). But then everything goes wrong: Their new, bargain-priced navigation device sends them into a pretty dense forest – and very soon the branches brushing against the windows of the car are replaced by a thick, gooey mass outside. When the car finally comes to a halt, the group find themselves in a curious world. Everywhere they look, they see mouthwatering sweets, and nearby there are fish fingers swimming in a stream. Then suddenly, right out of nowhere, a roast suckling pig scoots across their path. Have they landed bang slap in the middle of the all-inclusive holiday paradise Mrs Schultze and her children were heading for?
At last a slick manager type with a Dobermann pinscher at his side turns up to welcome the newcomers – to Cockaigne! This is all well and good, and to start with the lazy life is great fun, but there is one nagging question Philip and the others cannot help asking themselves: why are they the only people here? Their host, Harry Hempstalk, provides an answer, explaining that the holiday club is still at the trial stage – and that they are its very first guests. So far, so good. But when Philip sees the inscrutable Hempstalk using the Dobermann to drive his workers, things get weirder and weirder. Obviously, there’s something not quite right here! Philip and Samantha decide to get to the bottom of things and on the computer the dubious Hempstalk has carefully hidden away, the pair discover an unbelievable document that immediately sets all their alarm bells ringing…

  • Recommended age: 10 +
  • ISBN: 978-3-7915-1238-9
  • Published: 01.06.2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Publisher: Dressler Verlag
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Sabine Ludwig

Sabine Ludwig was born in Berlin, has been writing children’s stories for the last 30 years, and is now one of Germany’s most successful children’s authors. She has received many awards for her books, as well as for her public readings. Her novel Hilfe, ich hab meine Lehrerin geschrumpft [Help, I’ve Shrunk my Teacher] was made into a film in 2015. Sabine Ludwig also translates from English...

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Isabel Kreitz

Isabel Kreitz, was born in 1967and studied illustration at Hamburg’s college of design, Fachhochschule für Gestaltung. During a term abroad attending Parsons School of Design in New York, she hit on the idea of specialising in comics and cartoons. Since then, Isabel Kreitz has published numerous comic albums and magazines, including an adaptation of Uwe Timm’s novel The Discovery of the Curried...

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