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Michaelis, Antonia (Author) Ionescu, Cathy (Illustrator)

Welcome to the Animal Rescue Club!

Hello animal lover, do you want to join the Animal Rescue Club? Jane, Tom and Ali could do with a few extra hands. Unfortunately, their parents don’t understand that snails need protection. And their teachers go up the wall the minute some cute little mice make the school their new home. Can at least the poor, injured hedgehog soften their hearts? Outside, the place is full of animals needing help. Be there to help the animal rescuers when there’s a life to be saved!

Mischievously and affectionately written

For a broad target readership

With lots of hilarious illustrations by Cathy Ionescu
| 8 +

    Stewner, Tanya (Author) Hennig, Simone (Author) Carls, Claudia (Illustrator)

    With heroine Alea Aquarius, we can achieve anything!

    The Alpha Cru discovers that a scrapyard owner has been dumping car tyres into the river - right at the spot where the Isibelles’ brown trout lay their eggs! With the aid of the water spirits, Alea and the Isibelles manage to haul the tyres out of the river again, and the Magicals realise that if they all pull together, they are a match for any enemy, no matter how small any of them may be. What a wonderful present for Alea, whose birthday it is today!

    This bestselling series is also a hit with beginning readers

    So far 25.000 copies of Alea beginning readers sold

    Playfully imparted extra knowledge about the environment | 8 +

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

      Our new cult character “Berti” – now for beginning readers

      Could anything be more exciting than a child’s first day at school? Hardly. But Berti’s first day surpasses them all. To start with, the whole family wakes up so late that Berti can’t even change out of his pyjamas before setting off for school. Then his daddy drives like a madman, which does not amuse the police, at all. Berti can’t count on his big brother, and a sprint to school turns into a wild chase. Will Berti make it to school on time? And what about his first-day-of-school cone filled with treats and presents?

      The secret hero of the family: Little Berti

      Fast-paced action and lots of humour

      Charmingly illustrated by Nikolai Renger | 6 +

        Scheffler, Ursel (Author) Gerigk, Julia (Illustrator)

        A treat for all fans of Paula at the Pony Stables.

        Aunt Elfi is planning to hold a Christmas market at the pony stables. All the children and neighbours are making a contribution. Paula comes up with the idea of using fir branches, red apples and straw stars to decorate the harvest crown from the harvest festival they held in the autumn. The result is a magnificent Christmas crown, which they hang from the barn rafters – a great advert for the Christmas market! On the eve of the first of Advent, the crown suddenly catches fire and the fire brigade only manages to put it out at the very last minute. Was it arson?
        | 7 +

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

          The Ogglies, who generally love nothing better than to be lazy, have been sawing, hammering, baking and writing poetry for an entire half day, grump-fart-blast! Now they want to sell their home-made stuff at the Christmas bazaar. Not for money, of course – bank notes taste so vile – but for shoe soles and fish bones. But it all turns out to be more difficult than they thought! To sell things at the Christmas bazaar, you have to have a permit, slimy-sludge-and-cheesy-feet! | 8 +

            Nöstlinger, Christine (Author) Dietl, Erhard (Illustrator)

            Wonders Will Never Cease: How Franz Made Gabi Jealous

            Gabi and Franz are great friends, but not always – she’s often far too difficult for him! That’s why he would rather go to the chemist’s for Gabi’s mum than watch Gabi making a mess of things... and then having to praise her for it. At the chemist’s he meets Elfi a girl who writes everything down on a pad instead of speaking. She has been wearing a brace since yesterday and now has one complex more. But Franz knows one remedy for Elfi’s complexes – and very soon, Gabi has every reason to feel jealous!

            Funny, cheeky, typically Franz! The latest addition to the absolute long and best-seller series for beginning readers.
            | 8 +

              Nöstlinger, Christine (Author) Dietl, Erhard (Illustrator)

              Franz is so much in love with Gabi that he becomes a horse fan, too.
              Franz has got problems again: Gabi has recently gone mad over horses and spends so much time with her friend Sandra that she has none left for him. Franz is so jealous, he tells Gabi he can ride and shows off with things he’s learnt from an old horse book of his mother. But then it looks like Gabi is sure to find the whole thing out because a friend of her father is soon to open a riding stable where the children can take free lessons. | 8 +

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

                The new Sat title for beginning readers is here! Mr Pocketbeer longs for the next full moon, when the Sat can get new wish dots. When nighttime finally arrives, the pair climb up onto the roof, where the Sat is supposed to say the word “Yadrutas” three times in a row. But Mr Pocketbeer is so impatient that he rushes the Sat and accidentally speaks the magic word three times himself. As a result, there are now blue dots on Mr Pocketbeer’s face and the Sat is delighted because he can at last make a wish himself.

                The popular bestseller character in a delightful episode that’s new for beginning readers and comes with a host of colour illustrations by the Sat’s creator!
                | 7 +

                  Nöstlinger, Christine (Author) Dietl, Erhard (Illustrator)

                  Gabi always travels to the country at Christmas to stay with her aunt. This doesn’t please Franz at all. After all, Franz loves Gabi. But Gabi goes anyway, so Franz and Gabi exchange presents early, the day before Christmas Eve. Franz always pretends he’s really pleased with the presents he gets from Gabi, even though that’s not very easy. You see, the presents Gabi gives Franz are always rather unusual … | 8 +

                    Scheffler, Ursel (Author) Körting, Verena (Illustrator)

                    Bo the bear lives all alone in the wood. He’s feeling pretty lonely on Christmas Eve, but then a pig knocks at his door simply because it’s scared of the dark. One by one, other animals also turn up on his doorstep. They have all heard that a special child has been born in a stable in Bethlehem. They decide to visit the child together and, in the end, all the animals gather around the manger to gaze in wonder at the baby lying there. Everyone is happy and no one is alone any more.

                    A shared experience of the birth of Jesus seen from the animals’ perspective
                    Rhyming text entertains and makes reading easier for beginning readers. | 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 +

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

                        How flattering: a love letter arrives for Aunt Olga in Pampendorf! The Oggly King is looking for a wife and would like to get to know Olga a little better. The Ogglies warn her to beware of the king’s false promises, but Olga immediately sets off to pay him a visit. She soon realises that all the king wants is a servant. But Olga isn’t standing for that! She turns the tables on him – let the king demonstrate his talents to her! | 5 +

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

                          A royal visitor graces the rubbish tip! But the king really gets on the Ogglies´´´´ nerves …
                          Grump-fart-blast! Can you credit it? The Ogglies are visited by a proper king! Grandma-Oggly is delighted. Yet the unexpected guest expects to be waited on hand and foot and keeps the Oggly family on its toes with his special wishes. In the end, Grandad-Oggly has had enough of it. After all, if a guest behaves so disgracefully, even the most angelic Oggly patience runs out in the end!
                          The ninth Oggly first-reading adventure. | 8 +

                            Taschinski, Stefanie (Author) Göhlich, Susanne (Illustrator)

                            What on earth is wrong with Pops? He’s constantly giving commands and pulling on Bifi’s lead, and he won’t let Bifi finish playing! It’s quite clear that Pops needs to take a break and learn how to chill. That’s why Bifi thinks its really great that he can accompany Pops to the dog obedience school; that way, he has the chance to talk to other dogs about how to get his human to enjoy life and always have lots of crunchy treats in his pocket - and Pops can enjoy the company of other humans there. | 6 +

                              Scheffler, Ursel (Author) Gerigk, Julia (Illustrator)

                              Pony fan Paula is over the moon: Book 1 in the favourite beginning reader series
                              Paula and Sina are allowed to help Aunt Elfie at her pony stables. They teach the new riding pupils how to groom and saddle a pony and clean its hooves. And she even lets them lead a short hack! But on the ride, they discover farmer Bolt’s cow in a remote meadow with a newly born calf. But why can’t the runaway cow and calf get up on their feet? Paula urgently needs to fetch help.

                              Büchersterne learn-to-read books for reception class and year 2 children: large print, short paragraphs and lots of pictures to help beginning readers understand the words.
                              | 7 +

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

                                The Ogglies are obviously not entirely pleased when the Environment Authority loads up their rubbish tip onto a lorry and takes it away for ever. What are the Ogglies supposed to live off now, holy bin bag? Then Oggly-Daddy has an idea – and his fine instinct puts him on the right scent, too … | 8 +

                                  Nöstlinger, Christine (Author) Dietl, Erhard (Illustrator)

                                  Everyone wants Franz – don’t they? At last: a Franz for class trippers!
                                  Classes 2a and 2b are going away on a class trip together. But Franz isn’t happy about it at all because it means he will have to spend two whole days with Eberhard and Gabi – and the two cannot stand each other. Just great! But when Gabi gets painful blisters on her feet when they all go out hiking and Eberhard becomes her knight in shining armour, things turn out quite differently. Suddenly Franz starts feeling very jealous… | 8 +

                                    Bertram, Rüdiger (Author) Schulmeyer, Heribert (Illustrator)

                                    A roaring good read! Paul is growing up as a member of a monster family. For as long as he can remember, living with Mum and Dad monster and his monster brother and sister has been perfectly normal. So naturally he thinks he’s a monster, too. He’s never known anything else. He loves his family and they love him. At monster school, Paul has to learn how to roar really loudly, but at first he can’t. Will Paul pass his roaring test in the end?

                                    The first in a new series by the successful COOLMAN author duo, Bertram/Schulmeyer

                                    - Top topics for primary schoolchildren: being different, belonging, acceptance

                                    - Comic illustrations in the book will have even the boys who are not very interested in reading picking up a book | 6 +

                                      Nöstlinger, Christine (Author) Dietl, Erhard (Illustrator)

                                      As you can tell from his name, Franz is a boy, and he’s six years old. But because he has blond ringlets, a red cherry mouth and plump pink cheeks, people take him for a girl at least three times a day. Franz finds this very annoying, and it’s so hard to convince them they’re mistaken, especially the Bergers’ nephew, who refuses to believe that Franz is a boy. Then Franz has an unusual, but effective, idea … | 8 +

                                        Nöstlinger, Christine (Author) Dietl, Erhard (Illustrator)

                                        As you can tell from his name, Franz is a boy, and he’s six years old. But because he has blond ringlets, a red cherry mouth and plump pink cheeks, people take him for a girl at least three times a day. Franz finds this very annoying, and it’s so hard to convince them they’re mistaken, especially the Bergers’ nephew, who refuses to believe that Franz is a boy. Then Franz has an unusual, but effective, idea … | 8 +

                                          Chidolue, Dagmar (Author) Spee, Gitte (Illustrator)

                                          Who wants to go to sleep? Millie’s class turns night into day

                                          It’s so exciting! Millie and her classmates are spending the night in the gym. But will they be able to sleep there? First Millie builds a solar system with marbles and a jumping ball, then there’s a wonderful water fight in the wash room. And when Millie finally snuggles down into her sleeping bag, the children discover that a small bird has strayed into the gym! An entertaining Bookstars school story all about Millie, Dagmar Chidolue’s popular children’s book character.
                                          | 6 +