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Ludwig, Sabine (Author) Göhlich, Susanne (Illustrator)

Funny and fantastic! A new adventure with Miss Braitwhistle.

Franz and Aki have actually made it into Year 5! But isn’t there still a story about the chaotic 4a that has never been told? Of course there is, the story of their class trip! Imagine Miss Braitwhistle on a trip with her 4a! That could only end in muddle and chaos.

Sabine Ludwig’s hilarious school stories are told with charm and a dash of irony, and convey values without a moralising undertone.
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Ludwig, Sabine (Author) Göhlich, Susanne (Illustrator)

HURRAY! Miss Braitwhistle is back!
A for “absolute nightmare”, that’s what the old 4a used to be called. Now all the kids from 4a go to different schools. But luckily there will be a class reunion soon, where Frank, Aki, Paula and the others can meet up again. But the real fun only begins when Miss Braitwhistle, their enchanting ex-teacher, turns up and invites the kids to her place. And she has prepared a “little surprise” for them: party crackers that make wishes come true! And suddenly they all find themselves at the zoo in the middle of the night.
School life - Sabine Ludwig’s favourite subject and also that of her young (and not quite so young) readers: a wonderful reunion in the fourth volume of this bestselling series, refreshingly told with all the typically light-hearted Ludwig humour and illustrations by Susanne Göhlich.
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Prinz, Johanna (Author) Opheys, Caroline (Illustrator)

What’s the difference between an octopus and a squid? What do butterflies eat, and why don’t birds need to wee? Dr. Johanna Prinz, biologist and expert on living creatures, has the answers to all these questions. In this read-aloud book, she explains all the tricky little connections in a simple and entertaining manner, and solves mysteries in a way which makes even adults say “aha!” With its bold and cheerful illustrations, this book is bound to encourage children to discover and explore. | 5 +

Böhm, Anna (Author) Göhlich, Susanne (Illustrator)

Emmi and her family are looking forward to going to the seaside. Only the Unipig isn’t getting into the holiday spirit. He’s constantly being asked to magic up things which he doesn’t care for. Sandwiches, ingredients for supper, or provisions for their holidays. And then it happens: however hard the Unipig concentrates, all he can conjure up is … pickled gherkins. Emmi is most anxious about her Mythoture - and then the next catastrophe occurs: the irreplaceable Mythical Tree belonging to Emmi’s family is to make way for a building site. How are they supposed to go on holiday with all this happening? The tree absolutely has to be saved - with magic or without! | 8 +

Ley, Riccarda (Author) Kaiser, Nataša (Illustrator)

Maybe the route to happiness consists of taking care of oneself and having a positive attitude towards other people? Handwritten-style affirmations combined with beautifully illustrated read-aloud stories and small exercises invite children and their parents to become more aware of their families and surroundings. Includes a supplement with 32 sturdy tear-out cards with multiple uses: as aides memoires, to give away, or to hang on the wall. | 4 +

Schütze, Andrea (Author) Weinmann, Julia (Illustrator)

Simply shut your eyes and let an enchanted bird take you into a magical dream world bursting with Autumn colours and restorative energy. This imaginative book by Andrea Schütze invites you to pause and dream, and will help children to relax and go to sleep after a too-busy day. Gentle relaxation exercises help little ones to wind down, and Fanta the little Rainbow Bird takes them to places filled with strength, peace and safety.
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Ludwig, Sabine (Author) Göhlich, Susanne (Illustrator)

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 +

Nöstlinger, Christine (Author) Harvey, Franziska (Illustrator)

Rosalinde has a hole in her sock, a bandage around her knee, a ladybird in her hand, a necklace around her neck and – Rosalinde has thoughts in her head. Happy thoughts and sad thoughts and sometimes thoughts about what she would like to be when she grows up. Then Rosalinde thinks she would like to become a footballer like Freddy, who sits next to her at school, or drive a digger, or be a sea captain or a jet pilot. But Freddy says girls aren’t good at any of those things…
At first glace: a great little children’s book, light-hearted, fast-moving and full of fun. At second glance: a host of thought-provoking ideas that can help children to reflect on reality and to dismantle role stereotypes.
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Ludwig, Sabine (Author) Ludwig, Emma (Illustrator)

Twelve-year-old Uli has been sent to a North Sea island to recuperate. But what awaits her is anything but restorative. For none of the children is in the sanatorium of their own volition. They are all terribly homesick; the wind howls around the building; the food is inedible. The one consolation for Uli is her new friends Fritze, Freya and Lieschen. Together they shiver in the laundry; help with the shoe-cleaning; and endure the most vile punishments. One day, Freya disappears. The girls secretly set off to search for her - and find her miles away in the dangerous mud flats. | 10 +

Ludwig, Sabine (Author) Kreitz, Isabel (Illustrator) Ludwig, Emma (Illustrator) | further

Gripping and touching - Sabine Ludwig’s most personal book.
Twelve-year-old Uli is off to the North Sea coast with a group of other children from Berlin. But it’s not going to be a holiday for any of them as none of the children will be staying at the “sanatorium” of their own free will – and Mrs Butt, the director there, runs a tight ship. If it weren’t for her roommates, Freya, Fritzi and Anna-Lisa, who soon become her firm friends, life there would be hard to bear for Uli. But then Freya disappears. The girls search for her secretly and finally discover her far out on the mudflats. But before they can make their way back to dry land, the tide sweeps in and they find themselves stranded on a sandbank.

Sensitive treatment of a moving subject – an exciting story of adventure and friendship with lots of vignettes from daughter Emma Ludwig.

“There probably isn’t another author in this country who can describe so aptly and with so much humour the often really tough daily encounters between children and adults.” Der Tagesspiegel
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Schütze, Andrea (Author) Sieverding, Carola (Illustrator)

It’s devastating when your beloved cuddly toy goes missing. This is how Diego feels when his faithful companion goes missing without trace. His friends at the Forest School in Honeycake Forest help him to look, but the cuddly toy remains lost. It’s clearly a case for the Wild Forest Four, Mickel, Flora, Rufus and Poppy. The baby animal gang, who know the forest like the back of their paws and have its magic on their side, are Diego’s last hope! | 4 +

Hasse, Stefanie (Author) Stein, Julia K. (Author) Korte, Melanie (Illustrator) | further

Twelve-year-old Max would give anything to swap lives with someone else. His life is too boring for words - or, that is, until he suddenly receives the shimmering golden invitation to the Time Travel Academy. He initially takes it to be a rotten joke. But then he receives a clue regarding his sister Stella, who went missing three years previously, along with a message to say that he has to register at the Academy as soon as possible in order to find out more. It’s the start of a thrilling voyage through time. | 10 +

Ludwig, Sabine (Author) Stegmaier, Andrea (Illustrator)

Reprint with brand new cover designs to entice a new generation of Braitwhistle fans

The 4a is notorious throughout the school. A for abomination, that's what everyone says. It's really no wonder that the class teacher, Ms. Taube, is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. So the new exchange teacher from England is perfect. Miss Braitwhistle takes over the lesson and turns everything upside down: detention becomes flying lesson, a horse comes to tea and in the middle of summer it starts to snow. For once, the chaotic class agrees: Miss Braitwhistle is just fabulous!

• A modern Mary Poppins story: magical and narrated with great wit
• Over 330,000 copies sold – ideal for reading aloud or by yourself
• Book 6 to be published in Autumn 2022

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Ludwig, Sabine (Author) Göhlich, Susanne (Illustrator)

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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Ludwig, Sabine (Author) Göhlich, Susanne (Illustrator)

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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Maar, Paul (Author) Maar, Paul (Illustrator) Sauvant, Henriette (Illustrator) | further

Who is Muck? The small stray dog who always follows Lippel on his way to school or the dog from the king’s palace? And who are Asslam and Hamide, with whom Lippel wanders through the desert in a sandstorm? The two Turkish children in his class or the prince and princess from the Orient? The adventure Lippel dreams is an exciting one and he is right there in the thick of it. Or isn’t it a dream, after all? | 10 +

Maar, Paul (Author)

The Second World War is only a few years ago. Adults talk about the “terrible times”. The children in the little village of Mainfranken, however, don’t see it that way. Shortages and acorn coffee are part of their everyday lives just as much as potato beetle and plagues of mice. Johanna feels quite at home in this clear-cut world - until she gradually begins to outgrow her family. She starts to feel hemmed in, and soon realises that if she wants to grow up, she has to scale “the walls”. | 12 +

Lüftner, Kai (Author) (Illustrator)

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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Kaiblinger, Sonja (Author) Renger, Nikolai (Illustrator)

So much for the most magical time of the year! Mum and Dad are stressed; Granny spends her whole time in the bath; and Great Uncle Rolf sits there looking like the Grinch in his cave - while Mark is supposed to be taking care of his younger siblings. No way! Christmas duly descends into chaos, and Mark doesn’t care. But the next morning, he finds a goblin sitting on the edge of his bed, declaring that Mark has to celebrate Christmas all over again. And again, and again, until it’s suitably Christmassy. Mark hasn’t a clue what he’s talking about. Since when did goblins have anything to do with Christmas? And what’s this pesky time loop thing all about? | 8 +

Hörnlein, Katrin (Author)

Loved, revered, remembered: 20 years after her death, Astrid Lindgren is still very much alive - in her stories, but also in the memories of her family, her friends and all those who knew her. And, of course, in the hearts of all her readers. DIE ZEIT journalist Katrin Hörnlein has interviewed many of these people, including Lindgren’s daughter Karin and great-grandson Johan along with the Pippi Longstocking actress Inger Nilsson. In this book, she conjures up the picture of a unique and multifaceted woman. | 14 +

Tienti, Benjamin (Author) Kiefer, Sebastian (Author) Pricken, Stephan (Illustrator) | further

There’s aways something weird afoot! The neighbourhood kids are hot on the trailElmo 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.9 +

Schütze, Andrea (Author) Sieverding, Carola (Illustrator)

Spring has sprung in Honeycake Forest! And the new season coincides with a big party: it’s birthday time for twins Lasse and Bosse. But then the two of them discover an injured rambler in a dangerous part of the forest. Nobody believes them at first. However, the Wild Forest Four race to the rescue - and make a doubly surprising discovery! Team spirit: a gang of animals helps a group of Kindergarten children. Popular read-aloud topics: the forest, talking animals, and adventurous children. Individual characters impart their particular strengths to children. | 4 +

Matthes, Silas (Author) Wegner, Stefanie (Illustrator) Müller-Wegner, Timo (Illustrator) | further

Things are hotting up for Ralf. He has made a name for himself in his class as a YouTuber - but the ‘dislikes’ are starting to roll in. Well, that’s just what you expect when you’re on the internet, isn’t it? But when all Ralf’s videos start to get a “thumbs down”, he can’t understand what’s going on. What’s he doing wrong? Fortunately Ralf has his best friend and manager Momo on his side. Together, they track down a clique who call themselves the “Dislike Dissers”. And they are gunning for Ralf.

  • Ideal for reluctant readers: written in cool comic style, reflecting the way in which kids speak.
  • The latest from YouTuber Ralf - feisty, funny, and sensitive.
  • Silas Matthes taps into the dark side of social media: unpleasant comments and ‘Dislikes’.
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Böhm, Anna (Author) Wultschner, Ramona (Illustrator)

The four animal detectives can’t believe their eyes when a little mouse appears on their turf, whose fur is all the colours of the rainbow. They quickly discover that she has escaped from a laboratory where she had been made to test nail polish and shaving items. Animal experiments in our own town? You couldn’t make it up! The furred and feathered friends set out on a daring mission: to free the other mice from the laboratory as quickly as possible!

  • Animal protection theme: no mouse should ever become a guinea pig.
  • Less confident readers will also love the plethora of illustrations and Anna Böhm’s characteristic humour.
  • Added bonus: tips for drawing one of the animals, by Ramona Wultschner.
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Schreiber, Chantal (Author) Pricken, Stephan (Illustrator)

A greedy dragon has gobbled up the entire contents of the royal orchard, which means: no stewed apples for Kurt. Furious, Kurt chases the fruit-eating dragon away with a good dose of water magic - but the dragon takes his revenge by abducting Kurt. Kurt awakens in a labyrinth on a lonely island. There he has to face his worst fears (mice!) - without his magical powers, which have stopped working. Fortunately help comes his way in the form of Princess Flea, Trill, Superhero Toodleoo (the most romantic unicorn ever) - and a whole host of little mice. Can they work together to tame the dragon?

  • Perennial favourite “dragon” theme will delight boys and girls alike.
  • A treat for readers big and small.
  • The fourth volume in the series based on Kurt the Reluctant Unicorn.
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