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Ambach, Jule (Author) Müller-Wegner, Timo (Illustrator) Wegner, Stefanie (Illustrator)

It’s Halloween at the Escape School. The pupils are all dressed up in spooky costumes - and so, of course, are the readers. But what’s this? Real zombies suddenly burst into the party, searching for things to eat. Now thee kids have to get rid of the creepy creatures before they start to develop an appetite for humans. Are you going to help them?

- Bang on trend: Escape puzzles for children.

- Thrilling story packed with puzzles; includes postcards, too.

- Young readers strongly identify with the school setting. | 7 +

Scheller, Anne (Author) Wegner, Stefanie (Illustrator) Müller-Wegner, Timo (Illustrator)

Everything is all perfectly normal in the boarding school, even if the old castle-like building does look a bit spooky. But then a pupil disappears without trace and, together with Tom and Anni, the reader has to try to find her. When, to make matters worse, Tom is suddenly shrunk, the “detectives” realise that time is running out! A thrilling escape story packed with puzzles to grip bigger kids, too.

- Mega “Escape & Exit Game” trend - now available for primary school-aged readers.

- For fans of the “Drei ???”-Kids - with a touch of magic.

- Ideal gift to encourage children to practise reading.
| 7 +

Thiele-Eich, Insa (Author) Randall, Suzanna (Author) Eimer, Petra (Illustrator)

The big day is drawing near. The first two female German astronauts shared their intensive training in their fascinating book “Our Journey Into Space” - and now they’re about to embark on their research mission to the ISS space station. In this book for emerging readers, they explain how it all works. How is a rocket launched? What dangers are involved in a space flight? These and other gripping questions are answered in a child-friendly way which is bound to interest young minds in science and technology.

- Part 2 of “Our Journey Into Space”.

- Published ahead of their mission, which is being followed by the German children’s TV channel KiKA.

- The first female German astronauts encourage girls in particular to believe that they can do anything! | 7 +

Thiele-Eich, Insa (Author) Randall, Suzanna (Author) Eimer, Petra (Illustrator)

Fly to the stars with Insa and Suzanna!

To date, eleven German men have been into Outer Space. Now, at last, it's a woman's turn. Thanks to the "Female Astronaut" initiative, two women - Dr. Insa Thiele-Eich und Dr. Suzanna Randall - are preparing to embark on a research mission to the ISS space station.

In this book, Drs. Thiele-Eich and Randall let children share in the greatest adventure of their lives. They describe the intensive training, and take their readers with them on thrilling parabolic flights. The pair are great role models, awakening interest in science and technology for girls in particular. The journey into space continues in Volume 2, which recounts the voyage to the ISS.

Rocket-fuelled reading for young bookworms, powered by Oetinger. Strong characters and popular topics introduce children aged five to 10 to the magic of reading. Packed with illustrations, cool games and word puzzles, too!

Written by the first two female German astronauts.

Perennially popular "Outer Space" topic - promotes children's interest in science.

Encourages girls in particular to believe that they can do anything! | 7 +

Scheller, Anne (Author) Müller-Wegner, Timo (Illustrator) Wegner, Stefanie (Illustrator)

Improve your reading with this thrilling escape adventure.

Spooky things are happening at the Escape School since a banned magic spell has conjured up a pack of horrid hobgoblins. They cause complete chaos throughout the entire school and put the pupils in grave danger. Only by solving the tricky puzzles can emerging readers conquer evil.

Innovative way to encourage children to read: making them become part of the story.
Plugs into the long-standing “Escape/Exit Game” trend.
Includes numerous puzzles and a bonus poster

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Ambach, Jule (Author) Wegner, Stefanie (Illustrator) Müller-Wegner, Timo (Illustrator)

Join the Escape School!

Incredible: all the children and teachers at school have frozen solid - as if they were in the Sleeping Beauty fairytale. What has happened? Has someone been putting something in their breakfast? And can the untruthful mirror give them the crucial clue? You, the reader, need to solve the various puzzles to find out what’s going on. It’s the only way you’re going to save the school!

Innovative way to encourage children to read: making them become part of the story.
Plugs into the long-standing “Escape/Exit Game” trend.
Includes numerous puzzles and a bonus poster.

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

Calling all dinosaur fans: learn to read with the Ogglies.

Pooh, what a pong: stinking prehistoric farts!

Professor Brausewein has built a time machine - and it has catapulted the Ogglies straight back to prehistoric times. Here they meet a little dinosaur who’s looking for his mum. Of course the Ogglies are going to help him! However, they soon realise that life in prehistoric times is pretty dangerous. Not only is the little dinosaur being pursued by scary land-lubbers, but voracious pteradactyl is also after him. Can the Ogglies get him to safety before Brausewein transports them back to Smelliville?

- Erhard Dietl’s much loved Ogglies and the perennial favourite dinosaurs come together in one book.
- More than 40,000 copies sold of the book edition.
- 7.4 million Oggly products sold in total.

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

Emerging readers celebrate a wedding with Emmi and the Unipig!

Antonia is desperate to play at weddings. She therefore decides that Emmi and Moritz would make the perfect bride and groom. However, Moritz is already taken, and Emmi prefers playing on the swings. The Unipig would love to marry Emmi, though. That will be a party and a half! Even if it’s not quite the party that Antonia had imagined…

Stories about Emmi and the Unipig for emerging readers.
Make-believe weddings - one of the top themes for primary school children.
Over 100,000 books sold, and with a significant social media presence. | 6 +

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

Ogglies love the letter A, because it rhymes so well with “waste.” They shudder when they hear the letter B, because bathing is torture for Ogglies. The C for computer is fine because the Ogglies like eating computers just as much as DVDs. This is the toad-slimiest way for all Oggly fans to learn the alphabet and how to make up rhymes – and for everyone else the perfect opportunity to at last become an Oggly fan, as well.
A toad-slimy, olchiferous ABC – delightfully rhymed and illustrated by "Oggly-Daddy" Erhard Dietl.
| 6 +

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

More than 124,000 copies sold of The Fairy School!

Oh no! It’s the first day with her new teacher, and Rosalie manages to oversleep. To add insult to injury, she terrifies the teacher’s timid bat Lola as she clatters into the classroom. The young fairies search madly for the missing bat, to no avail. Then the teacher tells them Lola’s secret. Will Rosalie and her friends be able to find the little bat now? A magical, wintry world awaits young readers.

Young readers aged 5-10 will be enchanted by the magical world of young fairy Rosalie | 7 +

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

What a birthday trip! The Ogglies set off around Europe on the back of Firebottom, their dragon. They are looking for a nice, grumpy place to hold Oglly-Grandpa’s birthday party. On their travels, they end up landing in a Scottish castle, gnawing at the Eiffel Tower in Paris and setting the leaning tower of Pisa straight again … | 8 +

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

Whatever is wrong with Firebottom? Why is he so sad? The Ogglies are worried about their dragon. But luckily, they quickly hit on a good idea. How would it be if they threw a birthday party for Firebottom and invited some of his dragon friends? That really ought to cheer him up, by toad’s fart! And along with Red Rochus, Blue Blasius and the Chinese dragon girl Leek-Fang, they are soon having the oggliest festival ever seen on the rubbish heap | 6 +

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

The magic of reading – Unipig style

Unipig still finds reading a bit difficult. And he doesn’t much want to practise. Instead, he keeps conjuring up ABC biscuits. But when Emmi and Unipig have to return Dad’s borrowed books to the library, they encounter a whole host of book-mad mythical creatures. It would be too funny for words if Unipig didn’t end up being a keen reader too!

Packed with suggestions for reading out loud | 5 +

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

Franz can already read. A little bit. At least, he says he can. Yet he’s still only at play school. Gabi, who he likes much better than any of the boys, calls him a “great big fibber,” until Franz proves to her that he can even read picture books. Now Franz has to read everything out to her that’s written anywhere. And it really isn’t all that difficult – as long as there’s nobody around who can really read. | 8 +

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

More about Franz, one of the best-loved and most popular Nöstlinger characters!
Franz has a mummy, a daddy, a brother and a grandma. Franz hasn’t got a grandad, but that doesn’t worry him until Josh Schnoor, a terrible show-off in his class, starts boasting about his wonderful grandad. What can Franz do but fib a bit and invent an even better grandad. Josh doesn’t believe a word about this super grandad, but all the others in Franz’s class do. And anyway, he didn’t really invent the grandad, did he? The second husband of the second wife of his dead Grandad is a grandad, too, isn’t he? | 8 +

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

Wish dot chaos: a polar bear for Mr Pocketbeer!

Mr Pocketbeer doesn’t believe the Sat can make any wish come true for him and loses a wish dot every time! That’s why he decides to make a wish for something completely impossible: he asks for snow! And before he knows it, he and the Sat are knee-deep in a freezing snowstorm in their flat. And if that weren’t enough – here come a polar bear and their nosy landlady, Mrs Redcabbage. How on earth is Mr Pocketbeer going to explain all this?

The second Sat adventure revised for beginning readers and with lots of new illustrations by the author!
| 7 +

Zapf (Illustrator)

Welcome to the valley – welcome to the wonderful world of reading!

The trees are still holding on to their many-coloured leaves and the weather is far too warm for the time of year when the four friends Talis, Alva, Will and Sam happen upon a gleaming stone in a forbidden part of the forest. Hardly have they found the stone than they have strange creatures clad in iron armour pursuing them…

A fantastic adventure comic that whisks children away into an unfamiliar world packed with fun and action and opens up the world of reading even to unpractised readers.

Second book in the series to be published in autumn 2021 | 6 +

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

Four brothers and one pet – learning to read made fun

“We need a pet!” Bertie’s brothers decide. A shame that the money in Bertie’s piggy-bank will only stretch to a crayfish called Eddie. What’s anyone supposed to do with a crayfish? Bertie, however, finds Eddie super-cool. He looks fantastic with his red claws. But his brothers find it too boring just to watch Eddie. Eddie needs to have an adventure. But how’s it going to end for Eddie? Bertie simply has to save him! | 6 +

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

A dog of your own – Antonia Michaelis makes every child’s dream come true

Barking here, barking there. Barking, barking everywhere. The poor four-legged creatures have to spend all day at home alone, waiting for their masters and mistresses to return. How boring! Thank goodness the Animal Aid Club are dog-lovers too. Every day, Janne, Tom und Ali pick them up after school and take them for a walk. The only problem is the awful dog who comes to join them uninvited. Oughtn’t his owner to be keeping a better eye on him? It’s only when the Animal Aid Club find themselves in the woods during a sudden storm that they realise who really needs their help... | 8 +

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

They live near rubbish tips and landfills and feed off what others throw away. Who? Holy bin bag, the Ogglies of course! Car tyres, tin cans, cigarette ends, banana peels – there’s hardly anything the Ogglies don’t like to eat. No wonder the mayor of Smelliville hires the Ogglies as rubbish eradicators. Once they’ve acquired a taste for it, however, they are very hard to stop – not even when Smelliville is completely free of rubbish and litter. | 8 +

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

Top league for beginning readers: new adventures with football Franz Ever since Franz played for the FC Girl team against the boys in his class, they want him in their football team. They also want Franz to show them his brother Josef’s football, the one with the autograph of a national players on it. It’s just a nuisance that Gabi keeps on poking her nose in. Because now the precious ball has gone missing! The ball simply has to be back in its place on the shelf by the time Josef gets back from his class trip. Will Franz be able to get the football back in time? | 8 +