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Frixe, Katja (Author) Prechtel, Florentine (Illustrator)

Double somersaults into young readers’ hearts

Circus hamster Harry knows that he’s been living in a book ever since he tumbled out of his story a while back. Now it’s happened again, and this time with Gerda, the racing tortoise. The pair land in a school where they meet class guinea pig Hercules and the three help shy Linus to find a friend. They have to resort to their wildest circus tricks to get back inside the book in time for their big entrance in the circus ring.

- Hilarious animal heroes, lots of gaily coloured illustrations, large format.
- Ideal for reading aloud – Harry the hamster delights adults and children alike.
| 6 +

Rose, Barbara (Author) Ishida, Naeko (Illustrator)

Over 90,000 copies of the Fairy School books sold (February 2019)

Rosalie the fairy has only been at Blossomwood School for a few days when she has her first flying lesson with Firn Whirr. Rosalie is really looking forward to it and flies off enthusiastically. But … why are all the other girls so fairy-fast? Firn Whirr quickly takes a look at Rosalie’s wings and discovers that the little flower fairy is wearing everyday wings. Will she get her travel wings and learn the secret magic spell for putting wings on and taking them off again?

-\x09Bestselling combination: the popular girls topic fairies, coupled with quality, humour and charm
-\x09Now Fairy School fans can enjoy not only listening to but also reading the stories themselves | 6 +

Dickreiter, Lisa-Marie (Author) Götz, Andreas (Author) Renger, Nikolai (Illustrator)

Berti comes in like a wrecking ball!

Sibling fun somewhere between the Herdmanns and Troublemaker Street: Life really isn’t easy for five-year-old Berti. He has not one, but three big brothers – and all of them are at least twice as old as him! So it’s no wonder they only ever see him as the baby who’s never allowed to join in their games. After all, as superheroes, they are constantly busy saving the world every day. It’s just a pity that their heroic deeds always land them in such a mess that they have to be saved themselves – by Berti, of all people!

•\x09Superheroes are a top topic at the moment and here it’s spiced with plenty of humour and a host of hilarious illustrations, so just right for the young target group
•\x09Ideal for reading aloud: a book brimming with mischief that will have parents and children in stitches | 5 +

Dietl, Erhard (Author) Dietl, Erhard (Illustrator)

Cheesy sock: The Ogglies investigate in Scotland!

The Oggly children had really only intended to pay a brief visit to their friend Mr Paddock in London. But then he is called away to Scotland to assist his detective colleague MacMolly with an important case and so, of course, the Ogglies accompany him. No sooner have they arrived than they find themselves in the midst of a thrilling adventure involving stolen jewels, a terrifying castle ghost, bagpipes that have mysteriously been slit open and Nessie, the Loch Ness monster ...

-\x09Children love crime stories and children love Erhard Dietl’s ogglies. A clear case for the oggly detectives!
-\x09Star-Characters: 6.8 billion sold Ogglies products | 8 +

Frixe, Katja (Author) Waters, Erica-Jane (Illustrator)

Stella’s best friend, Vega, is a shooting star in the shape of a girl who simply fell from the sky. Luckily, in Stella’s opinion, because Vega is absolutely fabulous. And on top of that Stella could really do with some help right now. Her family is about to reopen its old costume rental shop very soon and the whole town is coming to the grand opening. The trouble is that Stella’s big brother is lovesick and that her friend Pauline is searching for her missing aunt. It’s a good thing Vega has the power to grant wishes.

- Book 2 in the glittering series about Vega, Stella and cherished wishes
- Colourful, fanciful illustrations by Erica-Jane Waters | 8 +

Grusnick, Sebastian (Author) Möller, Thomas (Author) Renger, Nikolai (Illustrator)

Wild animal, beware!

What Max had actually wanted for his tenth birthday was a dog, but sadly, that was out of the question because Max’s father has a pesky allergy to pet hair. But one day, a small box suddenly turns up in Max’s room and he can hear someone bellowing impatiently inside it: “Let me out of here!” When Max opens the box, out leaps a mini-lion that’s about the size of a cat. Its name is Leo, and when Max goes to school, Leo goes with him of course. And there, he turns out to be the good friend Max had always dreamed of.

Amusing, sensitive and encouraging: With Leo the lion, nothing is impossible any more! | 8 +

Taschinski, Stefanie (Author) Behl, Anne-Kathrin (Illustrator)

The delightfully loveable Patchwork Family – the new children’s book by bestselling author Stefanie Taschinski

Emma and her family are the new people at number 11! But it would be so much more interesting if all the neighbours made up a great big family together – like a patchwork rug. No sooner said, than done! Old Mrs Becker becomes simply Granny Becker, and for all the other children in the house, Emma’s dad becomes their dad, too. There’s just one neighbour who doesn’t want to be part of the patchwork family: the mysterious earl who lives on the ground floor! But how crazy would it be if the combined efforts of the patchwork family didn’t get to the bottom of their invisible neighbour’s secret?

A charming combination of children’s daily life and a heart-warming family story with an element of feel-good suspense | 8 +

Maar, Paul (Author) Maar, Paul (Illustrator)

I would like an exciting Sat, a funny Sat, a brand-new Sat!
If only Martin Pocketbeer hadn’t taken the Sat and the Sat retrieval drops with him on his class trip! Because his teacher steals the drops and takes possession of the Sat. Not that that’s so easy to do as the Sat belongs to the Pocketbeer family. If anyone else asks him to grant them a wish, his wishes have unexpected side-effects. And the Sat himself feels worse and worse, too. So Martin and his friends Tina and Roland set out to rescue the Sat. But there are plenty of complications, mix-ups, Sat poems and first-rate suspense before they finally succeed! | 10 +

Maar, Paul (Author) Maar, Paul (Illustrator)

The new Sat – the sixth adventure about blue dots that make wishes come true – is here and Martin Pocketbeer is delighted that the Sat is back again at last. Perhaps he can even lend a hand to get rid of Uncle Alvin from Australia, who has taken up residence with the Pocketbeers and is driving everyone bonkers. He could simply wish him away! But sadly the wish dots are still on the face of Mr Daume, the mean old sports teacher, and he seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth. And that is not the only problem Martin and his friends have to contend with – Uncle Alvin is also good for the odd surprise! | 10 +

Weger, Nina (Author) Reich, Stefanie (Illustrator)

Super sleuths! Nina Weger’s crazy band of animal detectives.
Nine-year-old Matheo has a very special gift; he can talk to animals. And he doesn't even like them particularly! Then on a day trip to a safari park, he makes friends with the poodles Toffy and Nero. Before very long, he needs their help to find a kangaroo that has mysteriously gone missing from the park. Together with a cheeky little girl called Polly, the two poodles, tracker pig Max and Dr Black, the crow, Matheo soon picks up the trail.
The first book in the rumbustious and compelling detective series of talking animals, masterfully told at eye level with the children.
| 8 +

Maar, Paul (Author) Dulleck, Nina (Illustrator)

I would like an exciting Sat, a funny Sat, a brand-new Sat!
If only Martin Pocketbeer hadn’t taken the Sat and the Sat retrieval drops with him on his class trip! Because his teacher steals the drops and takes possession of the Sat. Not that that’s so easy to do as the Sat belongs to the Pocketbeer family. If anyone else asks him to grant them a wish, his wishes have unexpected side-effects. And the Sat himself feels worse and worse, too. So Martin and his friends Tina and Roland set out to rescue the Sat. But there are plenty of complications, mix-ups, Sat poems and first-rate suspense before they finally succeed! | 6 +

Schütze, Andrea (Author) Linnekuhl, Elias (Illustrator)

Truly Magical!

Jules is nine years old when she receives a shimmering golden letter informing her that she has been chosen by the Nearbyland-Lottery-Ball-Klingdingaling-Machine as a candidate for the title of Honorary Princess. There are seven hellishly tricky tasks to complete - but what, Jules wonders, would a princess do in her place? It’s a good thing that her sister and her friend Linus are there to help her.

Reality, suspense and a generous helping of magic! | 6 +

Maar, Paul (Author) Dulleck, Nina (Illustrator)

Paul Maar's Classic - with modern, new illustrations

Hooray, the Sat is back! The sixth adventure about blue dots that make wishes come true is here and Martin Pocketbeer is delighted that the Sat is back again at last. Perhaps he can even lend a hand to get rid of Uncle Alvin from Australia, who has taken up residence with the Pocketbeers and is driving everyone bonkers. He could simply wish him away! But sadly the wish dots are still on the face of Mr Daume, the mean old sports teacher, and he seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth. And that is not the only problem Martin and his friends have to contend with – Uncle Alvin is also good for the odd surprise! | 7 +

Alexander, Nora (Author) Christians, Julia (Illustrator)

Olli’s grandpa isn’t like other people’s grandpas and he does some odd things, like asking for ice cream with ketchup, going for a walk in the middle of the night and sometimes even forgetting to go to the toilet. How embarrassing! But Olli’s grandpa has a secret. On nights when the moon is full, something incredible happens to him. When Olli discovers one evening that grandpa turns into a wolf, it’s the start of the most exciting night of his life and nothing is ever quite like Olli had imagined it to be again.

- An appeal for people with dementia to be treated respectfully; told with warmth and affection
- Nora Alexander describes the magic in every kind of human difference without judging or moralising
- Much more than a book focused on a particular topic, this is an adventure story and a declaration of love | 8 +

Schlüter, Andreas (Author) Hennig, Dirk (Illustrator)

Inki wants to sign up for a race in Calmaria, but his friend Seelina is sceptical. She doesn’t think that an octopus like him has a chance of outstripping the other fish, but Inki decides to enter the race anyway. During training, he sees the mean swordfish threaten the sailfish, who’s faster, telling not to overtake him in the race. Inki is definitely not going to let him get away with that! And so he comes up with a plan just after the starting shot has been fired... | 7 +

Maar, Paul (Author) Maar, Paul (Illustrator)

Toyok and his friend the wild tomcat have been invited to visit Smilla, the girl troll, because her cat would like to meet Toyok’s tomcat. And so the pair leave the forest for the very first time and make their way to the hidden valley where Smilla lives. There are no trees there, but the valley does have a lake. Sadly, Smilla’s cat turns out to be rather vain and the wild tomcat isn’t particularly enthusiastic about their outing. But Toyok finds he has made a new friend in Smilla. | 5 +