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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.
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Down the loo? Paul’s weird and wonderful journey to the depths of the sewage system
What do you do when your best friend is flushed down the toilet? For Paul the answer is perfectly clear – he will have to climb down into the sewage system to rescue him. And that’s not such an easy job because the friend in question is the Mississippi alligator Orinoco. To his great astonishment, Paul meets a whole gang of children who live down there. Can it really be better living there than at home?
An enchanting children’s adventure and a tumultuous story about family and friendship.
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Alea Aquarius 7 - Under the Spell of an Oath
Love, friendship, adventure - and longing for a reunion: it’s the seventh volume in the Alea Aquarius series! This time, Alea and Lennox set out overland to reach the Lorelei Rocks. They believe Alea’s twin sister Anthea to be there. Will the twins manage to meet up again? And will their meeting reactivate Alea’s mermaid capabilities?
- The eagerly awaited new instalment of the number one best-selling series.
- Compelling themes: protection of the environment, friendship, solidarity.
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Although Finn is in Year 4, he still can’t read properly. In order not to let anyone know - and particularly not his parents - he learns all the books off by heart which might be read out loud in class. But then he meets Yuki. Yuki says that he is a knight who is searching for the key to the gate which will give him entry to his people. During a school trip to a museum, Yuki finds this key. He grabs it, then grabs Finn, and they jump out of the museum window. They then embark on a rooftop adventure greater than anything Finn could ever have imagined…
- Addresses the topic of reading difficulties with sensitivity and a good dollop of humour.
- A neat mixture of fantasy and children’s everyday life.
- Thrilling cat and mouse game, lovingly and wittily illustrated by Nikolai Renger.
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Wishes come true at Christmas! The Sat has never experienced anything like it before! What kind of creatures are the ones with the wings that supposedly live in heaven? Why is Father Pocketbeer suddenly being so secretive? And why are people bringing trees into their living rooms? When the Sat invites a few colleagues from the world of Sats to his very first Christmas, some intentional – and also one or two unintentional – wishes come true. But in the end, the many Sats give Mr Pocketbeer a tempestuous, truly and absolutely unforgettable Christmas Eve.
Boisterous, charming, with everything the heart could wish for: the perfect Christmas present for all Sat fans.
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And it isn’t just curious kids who will learn something here! In a whole variety of read-aloud stories, this entertaining book answers all the questions about Christmas. Why do we celebrate it? What’s Advent all about? Who was St Nicholas? This book, with its age-appropriate and entertaining tales, is guaranteed to get everyone in the mood for Christmas - and without the constraints of a 24-chapter “Advent calendar book”, it will continue to provide enjoyment once the festive season is over.
- The topic of Christmas, in the popular question-and-answer series (which includes “Warum ist die Banane krumm?” [“Why is the Banana Curved?”]
- Unique and successful concept: facts presented in a child-friendly way, through the medium of great read-aloud stories.
- With bright, colourful, modern illustrations.
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There’s no rest for Sam, Svea, Momo, Bent und Li-Ho as they embark on their first year at the Academy, having managed against all the apparent odds - and evil traps set for them - to pass the TESUTO. Now they’re starting their Ashigaru training to become Level 1 Ninjas. This involves completing their initial training for the hit Shinobi show “Outback - the Last Trip”. Their course leader is a great outdoor specialist - but that doesn’t stop them from finding themselves in mortal danger. Is Kenn “The Bullet” Sonne behind it all? Or is there more to it than this?
It’s bad enough that the net is tightening ever more around the resistance fighters, the Goemons - but Momo is behaving increasingly oddly, too. To make matters worse: Sam’s father suddenly appears. And this meeting changes everything.
- Volume 3 of the fast-paced Ninja series - five extraordinary kids and non-stop action!
- Not your average school day - gripping stories for all boys and girls aged 9+
- By the hit children’s book author Kai Lüftner
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It has been raining non-stop in Honeycake Forest, and the Wild Forest Four decide to try to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. But when their treasure hunt yields nothing, they decide to make their own - starting with a real treasure map. But then the map falls into the hands of their friends from the Forest Kindergarten - and the heroic foursome have to rack their brains to make sure that the young children’s treasure hunt is more successful than their own!
- In every story, the animal gang helps a small Kindergarten child.
- Popular read-aloud themes: the forest, talking animals, Kindergarten children seeking treasure and adventure.
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It isn’t just that the wrong jam is on the table: Yann is also facing the end of primary school. For him, that feels like the end of the world, as there’s nothing he hates more than change. When he changes school, is that also going to jeopardise his friendship with Kalle and Ben? The three of them have all agreed: only the very toughest test of courage will seal their friendship. When things start to go wrong, they encounter Kiki, the cemetery gardener’s granddaughter, who makes an extraordinary suggestion. They should all go to their own funerals - but how?
- Lightly written but profound: serious topics sensitively handled.
- A “hero” whom it’s impossible not to like.
- For boys and girls who love fun stories about friendship. | 8 +
At the start of the October half term, six children have a chance encounter outside a supermarket. There’s Katja, who has had a row with her dads. Polina, who only wanted to buy some baking powder. Fridi, Mustafa and Zeck. And Jennifer, who is accompanied by her miniature Pinscher and who is also carrying her grandpa’s ashes in a plastic bag. When Mustafa tricks a biker in the car park, the children have to leg it. They have no phones and next to no money. But they do have an important mission: Jennifer’s grandpa has to be laid to rest in Kolomoro. But how’s that going to happen, when nobody has a clue where Kolomoro is?
- Winner of the first Kirsten Boie Prize for Children’s Literature, awarded by the Hamburg Literature Foundation
- A story full of diversity set in urban Berlin
- Delightful and warm-hearted - similar in style to Kirsten Boie or Erich Kästner.
At the swimming pool, Jonas has finally plucked up the courage to go down the big slide. But once he’s standing at the top, he freaks out. Thank goodness his best friend is up there with him - which helps Jonas finally to take the plunge! Lotte goes to the baker’s shop on her own for the first time, and Leo summons up the courage to have a sleepover with his friend Paula without his mum and dad being there too. Jana asks her Granny how people become courageous. Fortunately, Granny has an answer…
- A great value read-aloud treat.
- Makes a fantastic present for your own children - or for other people’s.
- Emotion-packed stories for all everyday situations.
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I Like Reading Aloud
You are my star - How loved you are
Milla and Paul love to have a huge cuddle with Mummy and Daddy when they wake up on Sundays. Molly the warthog has no friends at all in the zoo - but then she meets another warthog. They hit it off so well that before very long, they are happily throwing mud at one another. Tristan von Hogweed - the son of Eckart von Hogweed - is tasked with finding a dragon, but can only find dragon eggs. But then a little dragon hatches out of one of the eggs, and Tristan has found a super-faithful friend. How great it is to have someone to love and cuddle!
- Top-notch stories at a bargain price.
- Powerful, emotion-packed series dealing with all sorts of topics relating to everyday life.
- Rounded corners; comfortable to hold while reading aloud. | 4 +
Two mice are quarrelling about who is allowed to live in the apple. But then they work out that the apple is big enough for them both - and in fact it’s much nicer not to live on your own! Princess Priscilla is supposed to be choosing a husband. But she doesn’t care for the big, strong knights who are arguing about her. Instead, she chooses the nice, kind-hearted knight Ronald. Lukas, for his part, is particularly interested to know the answer to this question: what does ‘getting on with people’ mean?
- A handy book, lovingly designed.
- A new story in the popular series.
- Emotion-packed stories for all everyday situations: on the bus, on the train, in the car. | 4 +
The story of a small woodland brownie and his great love of animals
Fleakins is one of the brownies known as “Littels” and lives with his family in the wood. When Fleakins starts school, he has to discover his special talent. Is he good at practical things? Or music perhaps? But no matter what he attempts, Fleakins seems to have two left hands. He simply can’t do anything right! Then suddenly everyone in Littelwood is in uproar because the Lumini, the tiny light folk, have fallen ill and nobody knows how to make them better! Luckily, Fleakins has a brilliant idea. Is he destined to become Littelwood’s animal doctor?
A classic story book for the whole family to enjoy with the message that everyone has a talent. With a host of colour illustrations and chapters the perfect length to be read aloud.
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In their search for a new home, the Ogglies come across Smelliville, a small, peaceful place somewhere in the middle of nowhere. It could be absolutely beautiful, if only there weren't a blot on their idyll: the local rubbish tip! It stinks to high Heaven, and scares off all the tourists. 11-year-old Max, son of the Mayor, has together with Professor Sodawine long been tinkering with an ingenious machine which could solve the rubbish problem. But then Max sees the Ogglies just gobbling up all the rubbish. Might this be the solution? | 8 +
Oh no! The stream where the Otter family live has completely dried up. Feeling very thirsty, they set off to ask the Animal Police for help. Of course, the four furred and feathered detectives immediately start to investigate what’s going on. Where has the water gone? Can they somehow get it back? And are the gangster Tortellini and his crew behind it all? He knows every trick in the book and is in control of the last remaining water supplies…
- Volume 3 of the popular children’s series, full of charm, action and excitement.
- Suitable for less confident readers, too, thanks to the high number of illustrations.
- With an embossed cover and pictures to colour in. | 8 +
There’s aways something weird afoot! The neighbourhood kids are hot on the trail
Elmo is eleven, lives in Berlin-Neukölln, and is a detective. His cases are a welcome diversion from normal life: things haven’t been the same since his big brother died. When Elmo meets super-sassy gamer Tuna, they set out to hunt for the ‘master melody’ in the notorious online game MELOdiy. There’s a big reward for whoever finds it first. But Elmo and Tuna aren’t the only ones trying to find it. Thus a harmless case turns into a huge, crazy adventure.
“Mountains of Chinese Noodles” is Benjamin Tienti’s third novel for children aged 10+, and the first one co-written with his punk band colleague Sebastian Kiefer.
Edgy but warm-hearted: a detective story for kids combined with a cool gaming challenge.
For fans of “Rico and Oscar” (Andreas Steinhöfel).
Tienti’s uniquely honest, raw, warm narrative voice has won high praise.
Ludwig at her very best! Now school is being turned upside down
Class 4a is notorious throughout the school. A for “absolute nightmare” is what everyone calls it and class teacher Mrs Dove is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. To make matters worse, the school inspector announces a visit to the school and on the morning he’s due to come, the children are delighted to see Mrs Dove turn on her heel just outside the school gates. Of course, Class 4a erupts into chaos straight away, but then along comes Miss Braitwhistle, the exchange teacher from Newcastle upon Tyne. She takes charge of lessons and always stays as cool as a cucumber, even when faced with 4a. And the children suddenly discover that school really can be fun. They’ve never had a teacher like Miss Braitwhistle before. With her, they study the subject of blood circulation standing on their heads, the indoor swimming pool is turned into an ice rink, a horse comes to tea and Miss Braitwhistle even has a recipe for making the saddest dog in the world happy again. The pupils all agree: Miss Braitwhistle is simply fabulous and even the headmaster, Mr Fishley, is seen to smile for the first time.
But one morning, Mr Fishley comes into the classroom to tell the children that it’s time for Miss Braitwhistle to go back to Newcastle upon Tyne. He is clearly just as sad about this as the children, but they decide to take Miss Braitwhistle at her favourite words – wait and see –and cannot help believing that their favourite teacher will soon be back.
A modern Mary Poppins story, enchanting and humorous. With lots of illustrations by Susanne Göhlich.
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Class 4a is very excited to have Miss Braitwhistle back again! She immediately sets to work, and no matter what she turns her hand to, a school outing in a golf buggy, a cycling proficiency test for left-hand traffic or a visit from two English tortoises called Harry and Willy, this teacher is always good for a surprise. Miss Braitwhistle is enchanting, in the truest sense of the word. And this time she really pulls out all the stops and – as though by magic – ends up saving more than the day on 4a’s tedious school outing.
• The second book in the crazy school series featuring Miss Braitwhistle: a delightfully written book that simply trips off the page. With wonderful illustrations by Susanne Göhlich.
• Volume 1 has already sold more than 35,000 copies.
• Sabine Ludwig is a weaver of spells!
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Little dinosaur Fred bumps into Annegret, who has - without her Granny’s permission - set off in Granny’s time machine and has accidentally ended up travelling back to the Dinosaur Age. When Annegret’s conscience starts to prick her and she wants to return to her own time, they discover that a fully-grown Tyrannosaurus Rex has mistaken the time machine for an egg, and is busily trying to incubate it.
Fred and Annegret come up with a ruse to lure the T Rex away from the ‘egg’. As a result of a whole host of unfortunate events, though, it isn’t just Annegret who travels back to her own time but also Fred and - clamped by the tip of its tail - the T Rex. Cue much hilarity all round.
Laugh-out-loud funny, with brightly coloured wax crayon style illustrations .
Developed with and approved by children (test groups found it hilarious).
Includes ‘make your own dinosaur costume’ sewing instructions.
Hit or miss? Real or fake? Leonie in love, and in chaos.
Leonie (14) is completely obsessed with her YouTube channel, “Glamourama”. Being styled to within an inch of her life is the most important thing ever. So Niklas, the boy she fancies, would be the perfect match for her. He’s incredibly good looking - but, unfortunately, already has a girlfriend, namely the perfect Laura. Leonie is going to change this, though. She turns shy new boy Frederic into a stunning heartbreaker. Will Laura take the bait and dump Niklas? And who has Leonie really got her eye on? Does personality matter more than looks, when it comes down to it?
The rollercoaster of puberty combined with glamour, friendship dramas and relationship issues.
YouTube influencers - hot topic for pre-teens.
Book comes with its own YouTube song.
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A fairytale world, created by the great storyteller Paul Maar.
Little Troll Tojok lives with his parents in a house on the side of a mountain. Although their house looks a bit wild, it’s actually set up just like a human dwelling - only everything is much smaller. The sitting room sofas, for instance, are made of willow branches, with a tree-stump for a table. Tojok’s favourite thing is to play outside in the woods with his best friend the wildcat. Together they have endless little adventures.
Children will readily identify with Little Troll Tojok. Like them, he’s inquisitive and adventurous, and he sees the world through the eyes of a child.
Little Troll Tojok early reader now in an extended form. Includes completely new stories.
Lovingly and richly illustrated by Paul Maar.
The perfect read-aloud title by one of our house writers. | 5 +
Fox and Sheep live on a farm in the Black Forest, where they produce all kinds of tasty treats. One day they receive an order for 127 jars of gherkins to be delivered to Helen Hippo for her party in the East African Serengeti. The pair immediately set off on their special train, and plunge straight into another adventure.
On their travels they don’t only see the Pyramids of Egypt, but also encounter a stowaway on their train, who gives them a huge shock.
Delightfully funny and cheerful adventure book for children, based on the successful children’s app characters Fox and Sheep. The second part of Migo’s Fox and Sheep book series.
Developed with and approved by children.
Based on the children’s app and the original Spotify® podcast .
Book comes with postcards and an Animals of the Serengeti poster. | 3 +
Miss Braitwhistle has gone missing – and at a really bad time, too, in Class 4a’s final term. It isn’t until Aki, Franz & co. decide to raise funds for their class kitty that she suddenly turns up behind her desk again. But instead of her teapot and cup, she pulls a thermos flask out of her bag. And her chalk suddenly doesn’t solve any maths problems any more! Were they all wrong about her? Could it be that Miss Braitwhistle doesn’t have any magical powers, after all? | 8 +
They’ve completed their first mission successfully - so now they can finally move on to the Tesuto. But while Sam is still doubting whether he’ll actually be able to pass the feared and legendary entrance exam to the Ninja Academy, the kids have to overcome some very different obstacles: someone evidently wants to try to make sure they fail. On top of that, “The Bullet” - the super-Ninja in charge - suddenly sets everything in motion to make things as difficult as possible for them … It soon becomes clear that the young Ninjas will only be able to overcome all these challenges if they work together (though only one will remain!)
- The Ninja kids are true heroes!
- Action, adventure, challenges, friendship: all the ingredients for a bestseller.
- The action-packed sequel to the explosive “Ninja Academy” series by the successful children’s autor Kai Lüftner.
Reader's Report and Sample Translation available here! | 9 +