Skip to main content

James Krüss (Author), Katrin Engelking (Illustrator)

Timm Thaler oder Das verkaufte Lachen

Timm Thaler or The Boy Who Sold his Laugh

About laughter, the devil and an incredible hero
Timm Thaler has a wonderful laugh that’s so infectious people can’t help joining in. But when the mysterious Baron Natas promises him a lot of money for it, Timm sells his laugh. From the moment the baron has Timm’s laugh, Timm finds that every bet he makes is a winner. But he soon also realises that a person without a laugh is not a real person – however many riches he may amass. Timm forges a plan to win back his laugh. Baron Natas is not an easy adversary to outwit, but Timm isn’t about to give up…
The story of Timm Thaler has been adapted for film many times over. New edition with a cover by Katrin Engelking.

  • Recommended age: 10 +
  • ISBN: 978-3-7891-4040-2
  • Published: 01.08.2006
  • Pages: 256
  • Publisher: Verlag Friedrich Oetinger

  • Rights sold:

    China (People's Republic of)
    South Korea
    Czech Republic
Copyright Andreas Laible

James Krüss

James Krüss was born on the island of Helgoland in 1926. He is one of the most popular German authors of books for children and young people. His books have been translated into more than 30 languages worldwide. James Krüss, who passed away on Gran Canaria in 1997, received the international youth literature award, the Hans-Christian-Andersen Medal for his complete works.

more about the person

Katrin Engelking

Katrin Engelking was born in Bückeburg in 1970 and studied art and design at the Fachhochschule für Gestaltung in Hamburg. She has been working as a free-lance illustrator since 1995.

more about the person