White Ravens: Austria

92 books      

Austria (German) - 1993 - 78
Bartos-Höppner, Barbara (text)
Hölle, Erich (illus.)
(<Proper name>)
Wien: Betz, 1992. [n.p.]
ISBN 3-219-10537-8
rübezahl - saga
A selection of six "Rübezahl" stories is embedded in still another story in this lavishly illustrated book: old Melcher, who as a boy carried food- stuffs over the mountain ranges to the Schneekoppe and once met the mountain spirit himself, now shares what he knows of him with the children. This particular plot structure and the author's narrative tone make the individual episodes tangible and warm. The color, form and content of the large pictures are worked together into an harmonious whole. Additionally, the Transylvanian mountains, home of "Rübezahl", has once again come geographically and politically closer to western Europe. (5+)

Austria (German) - 1993 - 79
Pacovská, Květa (text/illus.)
(Midnight Game)
Saizburg: Neugebauer, 1992. [n.p.]
ISBN 3-85195-300-2
rearrangement game - imagination - game book
The idea of game books which rearrange parts of a whole, splitting people and putting them back together again in novel combinations has been around forever it seems. However, rarely was one presented as artistically as this one demonstrating the possibilities of this congenial game art form by Hans Christian Andersen Award winner Květa Pacovská. Exquisitely laid out, the book extends an invitation to parents and children to make up their own stories. (4+)

Special Mention - Austria (German) - 1993 - 80
Morgenstern, Christian (text)
Zwerger, Lisbeth (selection/illus.)
Kindergedichte & Galganlieder
(Children's Poems and Macabre Songs)
Saizburg: Neugebauer, 1992. [n.p.]
ISBN 3-85195-301-0
poetry - Germany - picture book
A treasure of book illustrations: children's poems allow the graphic artist much more freedom tor his own ideas than prose text. Thus we find a spectrum of inspiring ideas in artistically akribic delicate workmanship in this little book. Typeface, paper coloring, page design are diversely presented. Each page reveals a new lyrical picture world. A book which will become a classic for children and adults. (4+)
(A suggestion for the 2nd edition: Morgenstern titled his wordless poem "Fisches Nachtgesang", not "Fischer's".)

Austria (German) - 1993 - 81
Stojka, Ceija
Berger, Karin (ed.)
Reisende auf dieser Welt. Aus dem Leben einer Rom-Zigeunerin
(Nomads on Earth. The Life of a Romanic Gypsy)
Wien: Picas, 1992. 176 p.
ISBN 3-85452-237-1
Romas - Austria (20th century) - concentration camps - everyday life - children's book
Born in 1933, the child Ceija Stojka and her family experienced persecution at the hands of German fascists and internment in the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. After 1945 the family resumed traveling by wagon through Austria, earning their living by trading horses. Due to progressive mechanization, this way of life became economically unviable for the Romanic families, and most were forced to put down roots, - The author's memories are related in a very lively manner and elucidate some of the rough romanticism - and some of the difficulties - of the wandering life- style. Despite the fate suffered by many of the Romanic peoples, one finds no hatred of Germans in the pages of the book - only sadness about those people who do not listen to reason. (12+)

Austria (German) - 1994 - 91
Blichner, Barbara
Irrlicht. Im Bannkreis der Sekte
(Ignis Fatuus. Under the Spell of Sects)
Mödling: St. Gabriel, 1993. 199 p.
ISBN 3-8S264-411-9
Sect - Family - Kidnapping - Swindle - Flight - Detective Story
Letty is a victim of parental separation. She lives with her father and his girlfriend; mother and brother belong to a commune of the sect PLUS LUCIS. So Letty is pleased to see her brother again, never imagining that he plans to kidnap her in order to integrate her into the sect. Just in time they are able to prevent the plan to force Letty to fly to Rio de Janeiro against her will. Although this detective story succeeds without a complicated plot, it conveys vividly the demagogic dictatorial structure of a quasi-religious group. (12+)

Austria (German) - 1994 - 92
Ekker, Ernst A. (text)
Dreyer, Sabine (illus.)
Lachmelone und Wackelstock
(Laughing Bowler and Wobbly Stock)
Wien: Osterreichischer Bundesverlag, 1993. 22 p.
ISBN 3-215-11161-6
Chaplin, Charles Biography
The color pencil drawings of this biography match the motifs of the most well-known scenes of the Chaplin film classics. In conversation with each other, Chaplin's famous bowler hat and walking stick help make the ideas and impact of the films accessible to young readers. Already published in this series are artist biographies about Mozart, Leonardo da Vinci, Camille Claudel and Josephine Baker, and more volumes are planned. (8+)

Austria (German) - 1994 - 93
Esteri, Arnica (text)
Dugin, Andrej (illus.)
Dugina, Olga (illus.)
Die Drachenfedem
(The Dragon's Feathers)
Wien: Osterreichischer Bundesverlag, 1993. 25 p.
ISBN 3-215-07862-7
Poverty - Wealth - Lore - Riddle - Assistance - Dragon - Fairy Tale/German
A handsome, but poor wood-cutter's son wants to marry the rich and equally beautiful tavern owner's daughter. Her father will only give his consent on the condition that the young man brings him three golden dragon feathers. So he sets off in search of the dragon, promising along the way to bring back advice for others, and returns home with both feathers and advice thanks to the help of the gentle dragon wife. Nothing more stands in the way of a happy ending. The detailed illustrations in the old-fashioned manner show the course of the story, filled with humorously alienated citations of persons and symbolic figures from Dugin's master teachers Dürer and Bosch. A picture book in which, in addition, it is fun to discover the encoded or ironical events taking place on the sidelines. (8+)

Austria (German) - 1994 - 94
Herfurtner, Rudolf (text)
Smith, Brigitte (illus.)
Das Taubenmädchen
(The Dove Maiden)
Wien: Ueberreuter, 1992. 78 p.
ISBN 3-8000-2367-9
First Love - Carrier Pigeon/Breeding - Return
Since meeting Mona, Malte's world has been changed. For instance, he suddenly likes carrier pigeons - because Mona loves them. When he raises a young pigeon and lets it free he experiences the pain of parting - similar to taking leave of his girlfriend when she moves away with her parents. But the carrier pigeon returns, and Mona doesn't disappear entirely from Malte's life. The republication of this text with new illustrations (first edition was published 1987 by Franz Schneider, Munich) was well-deserved. Rudolf Herfurtner succeeds in portraying the feelings of the children without naming them all too directly and thereby trivializing them. (8+)

Austria (German) - 1994 - 95
Mayer-Skumanz, Lene (text)
Bors, Marianne (illus.)
Das Lügennetz
(The Web of Lies)
Wien: Jugend u. Volk, 1993. 112 p.
ISBN 3-224-11046-5
First love - Friendship - School - Foreign Child - Family - Lies - Humor
Every Tuesday at four o'clock Roman meets blonde-haired Steffi to accompany her to flute lessons. And since he is supposed to visit his Aunt Steffi, who is almost a stranger to him, in a retirement home at that very time, his friend Zlatko regularly takes his place as the supposed great-nephew. Aunt Steffi begins to blossom out through Zlatko/Roman's attentions, not only because of the visits to cinema and wine cafes, but because she enjoys solving the riddle of the family swindle. The difficulties which the children in Zlatko's family (former Yugoslavs) have at school is also covered. Though they were born in Austria and don't feel a bit like foreigners, they still experience similar problems. With a deft hand the author writes a humorous, spell-binding story set in everyday life. (8+)

Austria (German) - 1994 - 96
Retti, Christine (text)
Holland, Carole (illus.)
Das große und das kleine Pfüh
(The Large and the Small Phoo)
Wien: Herder, 1993. 16 p.
ISBN 3-210-24843-5
Envy - Love - Happiness - Chimera - Search - Fantasy
To be happy, everyone needs a 'Phoo'. But where to find one when no one can say where it is to be found and how it looks? Latting and Letting search and search, argue with each other, although they love each other very much, and. exhausted, want to give up, when they see the two pink little clouds hanging in their sleeping tree at home - A 'phoo' for each of them. So they say. The made-up good luck charm, the 'phoo' which everyone supposedly has and needs but never shows off, didn't come between them. A story with a deeper meaning, drawn in comic style. (6+)

Austria (German) - 1994 - 97
Wagner, Bettina (text)
Kunstreich, Pieter (illus.)
Vom kleinen Känguruh, das aus dem Beutel fiel
(The Little Kangaroo that Fell Out of the Pouch)
Mödling: St. Gabriel, 1993. 16 p.
ISBN 3-85264-408-9
Australia/Animals - Mother - Child - Independence - Assistance - Monster
A lost kangaroo child is helpless without its mother. Although the little animal is helped by its relatives in the (Australian) animal world, its mother and the whole herd have simply disappeared. With the test of courage, asking the "great Bunyip" for advice, finally puts him on the right track. After surviving all the excitement, the little kangaroo has become independent when it finally finds its mother. The best-known animals of Australia are presented in an unspectacular manner, incorporated into the story of separation and reunion, which every child goes through. (5+)

Austria (German) - 1995 - 67
Egli, Werner J.
Nur einer kehrt zurück
(Only one will return)
Wien: Ueberreuter, 1994. 192 p.
ISBN 3-80000-2407-1
Eskimo - Polar Bear/Hunt - Death
Three Eskimos set off on a polar bear hunt. The American girl, Angie, a visitor in the village, involuntarily joins up with them. The hunt goes badly and two of the men die in the drift ice, the third one can be rescued but is seriously injured. While the young white girl successfully battles against death with all her remaining strength, the Eskimo men give themselves up to fate with a certain resignation. The dramatic events of this novel are thrilling up to the last page. The reader gets a glimpse into the ethnological aspects of Eskimo life and learns the differences between white and Eskimo culture in terms of their attitudes to life and death for man and animal. (14+) ☆

Austria (German) - 1995 - 68
Esterl, Arnica (text)
Zawadzki, Marek (illus.)
Okino und die Wale
(Okino and the Whales)
Wien: Österreichischer Bundesverlag, 1994. [28] p.
ISBN 3-215-11197-7
Modern fairy tale - Rites of initiation - Whale
Sometimes Okino goes to the seashore to watch the whales. One day she tells her little son Takomi the ancient legend of a girl who once lived in the royal palace of the whales and was rescued by her mother and returned to earth. This interesting matriarchal variation of the tale of initiation has been illustrated with pictures of nighttime and water in a wide palette of blue tones which flow and circle around the text. The vast underwater world, the mysterious of the deep sea are opened up to the reader, vacillating between the world of nature and fairy tale. (6+) ☼
(1994 Troisdorf Picture Book Prize of the Children's Jury)

Austria (German) - 1995 - 69
Jung, Reinhard
Das geheime Wissen der Pinguine
(The secret knowledge of the penguins)
Wien: Jungbrunnen, 1993-1994. (2 vols.) 115 p.; 117pp
ISBN 3-7026-5664-2; 3-7026-5670-7
Factual knowledge - Question-and-answer
The secret knowledge of the penguins consists of the answers to so-called "dumb" questions children like to ask. Hence inquisitive children are encouraged here by penguins to ask as many dumb questions as possible without the usual scruples imposed by adults. And the children get their answers - first in a radio show, and now in a two-volume work on various topics. The editors, working through the penguins, ensure that in spite of all the sensible and nonsensical wordplay the significance of the questions is clear and the desired answers given - in one form or another, whether fable, fairy tale or factual report. To what extent the stories are appropriate, that is something the reader must reflect upon him or herself. And that may be done with the greatest of pleasure. (5+) ☼

Special Mention - Austria (German) - 1995 - 70
Kusterer, Karin (text)
Edita Dugalic (text)
Heimat ist nicht nur ein Land. Eine bosnische Flüchtlingsfamilie erzählt
(Home is not only a land. The story of a Bosnian refugee family)
Wien: Dachs, 1994. 127 p. With maps and tables
ISBN 3-85191-007-9
Bosnia/War - Refugee/Germany
The Bosnian Edita Dugalic (now 17 years old) lives with her family in Germany. In this book she relates her experiences of war in the former Yugoslavia, her childhood in her hometown of Zvornik on the Drina River - which is not lost to her - and her escape, the confusion. Her contacts to her friends in Bosnia with whom she went to school - whether Serb or Muslim children - are not broken off. This book deserves particular attention not only because of its current relevance - about which the media is full of necessarily one-sided and short journalistic reports. Here is a report of the personal experiences of younger and older people, completely lacking in sensationalism. They try to understand and survive their involuntary entanglement in the catastrophe of war. There is no mention of the gruesome acts which happened and are still happening, only of the wish of the civil population to live in peace in their homeland. The editor and co-author has included notes of history-making dates and geographical names. (12+) ☆ ☼

Special Mention - Austria (German) - 1995 - 71
Recheis, Käthe (text)
Holländer, Karen (illus.)
(The wolf saga)
Wien: Herder, 1994. 507 p.
ISBN 3-210-25075-8
Wolf- Dictatorship - Utopia
The great black wolf Schogar Kan, stronger than all the other wolf leaders, wants to create heaven on earth for his pack. He wants there to be only one great pack of wolves whose lives and survival is to be ensured with force against the rest of nature and other animals. He tolerates no opposition. Fighting and war crop up in Arcadia. Nonetheless or precisely because of it, the dictatorship must fall. His negative utopia of life, based on despotism, stands in contrast to the traditional, nature-given rules and to Waka, the eternal laws of creation. Schogar Kan is not conquered by counterforce, but rather loses his power through the gentle art of persuasion of a weaker one. In this narrative the author portrays the laws which nature herself has created. The animals decide for or against anti-nature and violence in the form of the great wolf and bear the consequences of their decision. Kathe Recheis impressively presents a mighty question here. With her protagonists of her saga of the natural world she dreams of an ideal, and above all of an achievable ideal world. (10+) ☆

Special Mention - Austria (German) - 1995 - 72
Riha, Susanne (text/illus.)
Wir leben gern bei euch zuhaus
(We would like to live at your house)
Wien: Betz, 1994. [28] p.
ISBN 3-219-10589-0
House pet/Care
A house pet doesn't need to be a problem for parents and children. If the proper minimal prerequisites and attitudes are present and proper care is given - as demonstrated here for twelve of the most common and beloved European house pets in text and pictures - both children and adults can have pleasure in a lively and healthy pet without pangs of conscience. This is set out in an informative and detailed manner in this picture book which is suitable even for smaller children. (5+) ☼

Austria (German) - 1996 - 67
Frischmuth, Barbara (text)
Kállay, Dušan (illus.)
Gutenachtgeschichte für Maria Carolina
(Good-night Story for Mary Caroline)
Wien: Jugend & Volk, 1994. [26] p.
ISBN 3-224-11051-1
Sleep - Dream - Toad - Fantasy - Orderliness
While taking an adventurous journey, Mary Caroline and the dreamtime toad meet the Sudel (a German term for sloven), little friendly creatures whose disconcern for orderliness - especially at the table - immediately wins the full sympathy of the child. But while the Sudel are able to simply shake off their messes, all of Caroline's messes are still to be seen on her clothing the next day. And yet it is clear - dreams can help. Particulary essential to this story are the bizarre-fantastic pictures of Dusan Kállay, whose sophisticated use of coloring gives the eye a visual adventure. (6+)

Austria (German) - 1996 - 68
Goller, Anja (text)
Brinx, Thomas (text)
Plöger, Juliane (illus.)
Koch Eduard träumt
(Eduard the Cook Dreams)
Wien: Esslinger im Österreichischen Bundesverlag, 1995. [28] p.
ISBN 3-215-11856-4
Fish - Cook - Dream - Love - Promise
A lonely fish cook dreams even at night of the pleasures of fishing. Suddenly he realizes that as a professional cook he must kill the fish. But when the queen of the fish promises to marry him, he changes his cuisine from fish specialities to sweet dishes. The illustrations are on the one hand notably reminiscent of the old masters. A touch of children's painting, on the other hand, may be seen in the fish and their surroundings. The resulting tension matches that between dream and real-life. (8+)

Austria (German) - 1996 - 69
Janisch, Heinz (text)
Kernke, Gabriele (illus.)
Benni und die sieben Löwen
(Benni and the Seven Lions)
Wien: Betz, 1995. [28] p.
ISBN 3-219-10601-3
Fear - Fantasy - Self-confidence
Benni has lots of courage. In the course of one day he conquers seven threatening lions. They cross his path while he was defending himself against the other children. At home in the evening he tells all about it and it becomes clear that he can fight crocodiles, too (they are sitting at the dinner table with him). It needn't only be lions. This is an eyewinking book of encouragement that children will immediately respond to. (6+)

Austria (German) - 1996 - 70
Jooß, Erich (text)
Boratyński, Antoni (illus.)
Der Sohn des Häuptlings
(The Chief's Son)
Mödling: St. Gabriel, 1995. [32] p.
ISBN 3-85264-474-4
Indians/Legend - The Flood <motif> - Creation
The son of the tribe's chief refuses to become a warrior. He encounters the great Mother Earth who has tried to heal the wounds to the earth which men have caused. Finally she announces the Great Flood and the chief 's son survives in the Ark. When the flood recedes, the earth begins to bloom again. A dolphin becomes a young woman and she stays with him. This Indian legend unites Christian biblical and naturalist myths. The topic of war and peace is expanded upon by the illustrator by focussing on Nature and the idea of creation. (8+)

Austria (German) - 1996 - 71
Nöstlinger, Christine (text)
Sidibé, Frank Abu (text)
Waldschütz, Barbara (illus.)
(<Proper name>)
Wien: Dachs, 1995. [36] p.
ISBN 3-85191-026-5
Africa/Fairy tale - Cinderella <motif>
The great village celebration is about to take place, but one girl, the step-daughter of an African mother, is not allowed to decorate herself. A lion comes to her rescue and the black king's son chooses the lovely Cinderella to be his wife. Thereupon the stepmother and her daughters, filled with jealousy and anger, turn into large and angry buzzing flies. Ever since then all large flies buzz. This variation of the widely known fairy tale motif, in which a lion turns into a braid-making hairdresser for the African Cinderella, gives the story a fully new touch. The pictures are based on African art. (10+)

Austria (German) - 1996 - 72
Pelz, Monika
Der Talker
(The Talker)
Wien: Jungbrunnen, 1995. 142 p.
ISBN 3-7026-5678-2
Cyberspace - Future - Media - Crime - Detective
In the year 2004 it may be possible for a (virtual) talkmaster to have eternal youth, while his human original is dying of boredom in a retirement home. private detective Lilly Lobster (17) solves the case with the help of her few but trusty friends. The reader will find himself confronted with baffling new forms of cohabitation, interpersonal communication and justice. Using the current usage of electronic media as a starting point, the author takes it virtually (and pleasurably ironically) a step further. (10+)

Austria (German) - 1996 - 73
Slupetzky, Stefan (text/illus.)
Nurmi, der Bär
(Nurmi the Bear)
Wien: Picus, 1995. [28] p.
ISBN 3-85452-089-1
Bear - Runaway - Mischief - Return home
Nurmi is the most curious, most hungry, most sassy, most brave but also the loneliest and saddest bear around. As long as he enjoys his roaming, he plays one trick after the other on people. But when winter comes, he withdraws into the family cave. And now he is the most-in-love bear of all. This light-hearted story presents interesting possibilities of how (bear) children can really pester, though not without some risk, the adults. But a happy ending is possible anyway. (6+)

Austria (German) - 1997 - 71
Auer, Martin (text)
Sormann, Christine (illus.)
Was die alte Maiasaura erzählt. Ein Bilderbuch über die Evolution
(Tales told by the old Maiasaura. A picture book about evolution)
Mödling: St. Gabriel, 1996. [32] p.
ISBN 3-85264-497-6
Evolution - Dinosaurs - Present - Future
The old Maiasaura tells her dinosaur children her dream of Earth - how it was when they came, what was there before them and what would come afterwards. Large-sized pictures show the evolution of the animals after the dinosaurs died out, and finally how the world was developed by human beings, those strange and naked two-legged creatures. This is a brief survey of the origins of our world for young people, as narrated by friendly dinosaurs. (5+)

Austria (German) - 1997 - 72
Jambyn, Dashdandog (text)
Harranth, Wolf (German text)
Byambyn, Chintogtokh (illus.)
Mazaalai - Die Geschichte eines mongolischen Bären
(Mazaalai - The story of a Mongolian bear)
Wien: hpt Verlagsges., 1995. [28] p.
ISBN 3-7004-1244-4
Gobi Desert - Bear - Ecology
During the drought all the animals leave the Gobi desert and look for their food and drink elsewhere. Only the little desert bear, the Mazaalai, wants to stay where he was born. All alone he wanders through the deserted countryside until he meets a person who can bring water up from deep below. The Gobi turns green again, the animals return. The vastness of the Mongolian landscape and the Mongolian's close bonds with nature are made evident in the text and imagery of this little book. (6+)

Austria (German) - 1997 - 73
Frischmuth, Barbara (text)
Kallay, Dušan (illus.)
Vom Mädchen, das übers Wasser ging
(The girl who walked on water)
Wien: Dachs, 1996. [32] p.
ISBN 3-85191-075-3
Man/Animal - Security - Utopia
A young girl has gone lost and finds shelter with the animals at the river. This utopia or true community among man and beast is portrayed here in text and image on a higher level. The discriminating use of artistic means keeps the book from lapsing into trite didactics. (5+)

Austria (German) - 1997 - 74
Gepp, Gerhard (text/illus.)
Kleines Boot auf großer Reise
(Little Boat takes a long journey)
Wien: Picus, 1996. [28] p.
ISBN 3-8452-087-5
Homeland - Monotony - Travel - Adventure - Homecoming
A little boat swims with the other boats, always on the same lake. Bored of this, it flies one day with a fantastic flying machine to the sea where it enjoys exciting adventures to tell all about upon returning home. As exemplary the story, so also the illustrations. Especially the main characters desire to look beyond their own pond. This will strike a chord with younger children and in the simply organized, block-style illustrations there are many details which will appeal to them. (4+)

Austria (German) - 1997 - 75
Harranth, Wolf (text)
Candea, Romulus (illus.)
Das Flötenkonzert
(The fute concert)
Wien: Jungbrunnen, 1996. [28] p.
ISBN 3-7026-5679-0
Flutist - Concert - Memorization - Stage fright
The flutist A.M. Winkelried is completely unnerved. He cannot find his musical score anywhere. Though he knows that he has the piece he is to play this evening completely memorized, he is about to die of stage fright. But the excitement only spurs on his talent. The audience gives him a standing ovation, and he decides that he will never play from his score again. Endorsed by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, this book will encourage younger perfectionists to have more courage, self-confidence and daring. (6+)

Austria (German) - 1997 - 76
Huainigg, Franz-Joseph (text)
Ritter, Annegert (illus.)
Fred hat Zeit
(Fred taks his time)
Mödling: St. Gabriel, 1996. [28] p.
ISBN 3-85264-513-1
Boredom - Time - Journalism - Stress - Illness
Fred does everything at a very slow pace. He is always the last one finished at meals. The other children at kindergarten are bored with him, although he finds his own games very entertaining. No amount of warnings will help. But the situation changes when Fred's father, a journalist, falls sick due to stress and his hectic pace of life. Now the doctor's advice is to follow Fred's pace, although of course no one will ever manage to be quite as slow as Fred. (8+)

Austria (German) - 1997 - 77
Laube, Sigrid (text)
Wechdorn, Susanne (illus.)
nn Jakob unterm Kirschbaum sitzt
(When Jacob sits under the cherry tree)
Wien: Jungbrunnen, 1996. [32] p.
ISBN 3-7026-5684-7
Daytime - Daydream - Nature - Shadow
A young boy experiences a summertime of nature, discovering the various aspects of the day under an old cherry tree, with animals all around him. His daydreams carry him away, he plays with them, tries to jump over his shadow and observes how it changes from morning to night. The contemplative view of a long hot summer day, with its intact world of nature and the comfort taken in it by a child, radiates from this book. (6+)

Special Mention - Austria (German) - 1997 - 78
Welsh, Renate
(Days of thistles)
Wien: Obelisk, 1996. 156 p.
ISBN 3-85197-301-1
(Simultaneously publ. by Nagel & Kimche. Zürich, 1996)
Mother/Daughter - Grandmother - Illness - Overburden
Sarah is overburdened with caring for her sick mother. She has to forge her mother's signature to get money for the household and a doctor's attest for missing school. Though she is helped by a fellow pupil at school, the help she gets from her grandmother at home seems instead to be a hinderance of her own efforts. With considerable sensitivity to the explosiveness of such a difficult situation, the author finds the precise narrative balance. (10+)

Austria (German) - 1998 - 68
Blazejovsky, Maria (text/illus.)
Emma Pippifilippi
(<Proper name>)
Wien: Jungbrunnen, 1997. [28] p.
ISBN 3-7026-5687-1
Seagull - Name - Outsider - Identity - Adventure - Homecoming
The moon, the wind, the rain drops, a monkey, and a raven become friends with the strong-willed seagull Pippifilippi during her journey around the world which she is taking because she doesn't want to be named just Emma, like all the other seagulls. She insists on having her own name and leading her own life. The result is that ever since then each seagull picks out a second, secret name that fits no one else. This is a book which encourages independence within the social group. (5+) ☼

Special Mention - Austria (German) - 1998 - 69
Herfurtner, Rudolf (text)
Boratyński, Antoni (illus.)
(Forest children)
Mödling: St. Gabriel, 1997. [32] p.
ISBN 3-85264-544-1
Garden - Captivity - Escape - Cultural contact - Community
One day a sheltered child finds, quite literally, a »hole in the wall« of his untouched world. Outside the wall he finds children who have had completely different experiences. Yet they find a common language. Now they all return to the well-tended garden, but are no longer in captivity. This is a book about growing up and becoming independent which makes use of an unusual visual language. Until unity is created, it is monstrous shapes that encounter each other. Once they have formed a community the little gnomes become elves. (8+) ☼

Special Mention - Austria (German) - 1998 - 70
Janisch, Heinz (text)
Oberdieck, Bernhard (illus.)
Sarah und der Wundervogel
(Sarah and the magic bird)
Wien: Betz, 1996. [28] p.
ISBN 3-219-10644-7
Bird - Miracle - Captivity - Help - Rescue
The splendid magic bird has lost its colors and its magic powers during captivity. A little girl brings life back to him through her questions. It tells her all about freedom. With each tale one of the ropes that is holding it falls away and one day he has disappeared from its cage. Tired, earthy colors depict its captivity, light colors stand for life and freedom. The reader may be reminded of the Andersen tale of the Emperor's Nightingale, but fortunately this story ends happily. (6+)

Special Mention - Austria (German) - 1998 - 71
Reinl, Edda (text/illus.)
Adam der Gaukler
(Adam the juggler)
Innsbruck: Tyrolia, 1997. [32] p.
ISBN 3-7022-2079-8
Juggler - Monastery - Music - Dance - Prayer
The Adam from the legend »The juggler and the good Lord« performs his colorful stunts for little children until the snow comes and he finds shelter in a monastery. All the colors there are in the monotone brown of the monks' habit, until one night Adam cannot stand it any longer. He stands at the chapel altar and plays his violin for the good Lord. All the monks come running and are amazed at the intensity with which he plays. It is not known whether the dear Lord ever punished Adam for this caper. (6+) ☼

Special Mention - Austria (German) - 1998 - 72
Treiber, Jutta (text)
Blazejovsky, Maria (illus.)
O, sagt der Ohrwurm. Ein Anti-Lärm-Bilderbuch
(Oh, said the noisy-worm. An anti-noise book)
Wien: Betz, 1997. [36] p.
ISBN 3-219-10669-2
City life - Noise - Responsibility
The noisy-worm comes out of the radio and makes itself at home in a the human ear. It lives from noise. The fatter he has gotten, the louder things are, until noise is ready to explode. Now everyone is called upon to take responsiblity. People must learn again to be still. Then the noisy dragon-worm becomes smaller and quite humble. And it is easier to take care of him. This more and more urgent problem is taken up in an easy and understandable manner. The illustrations change from earthy, still colors to bombastic, loud tones, emphasizing the message of the text. (6+)

Special Mention - Austria (German) - 1998 - 73
Walbrecker, Dirk (text)
Poppel, Hans (illus.)
Bennys Hut
(Benny's hat)
Wien: Betz, 1997. [28] p.
ISBN 3-219-10668-4
Hat - Loneliness - Metamorphosis - Play
Papa's hat and papa's little boy have one thing in common - loneliness. With a little fantasy, this becomes a wonderful day. The hat transforms itself into a football, a drinking cup, a magical machine and much more. Until the little boy lays down his head in the evening and falls asleep. At first the overtaxed hat resists such impertinence, but then after all Papa can get himself a new headpiece. The pictures of peacefulness and dynamic movement alternate according to the game and the hat's function. (5+) ☼

Austria (German) - 1999 - 70
Blazejovsky, Maria (text/illus.)
Das Königsspiel
(The game of kings)
Wien: Jungbrunnen, 1998. [24] p.
ISBN 3-7025-5697-9
Boy/Girl - Friendship - Jealousy - Argument - Reconciliation
Tim and Tina are the best friends in the world. Until one day while playing the game of »King« each tries to seize the king's crown (and its power). An enormous argument ensues! That night Tim dreams of being lonely. The next day Tina is bored playing all alone. And so, at the sandbox, they surreptiously move closer and closer - and we know that neither of them will want to be »King« today. In the fullpage pictures in flat earthy tones there is a sense of wholesomeness, while the chaotic movements of the figures convey an endangerment to the world of play. (5+)

Austria (German) - 1999 - 71
Holler, Christiane
Esel oder Pferd? Geschichten vom Herrn Cerny
(Donkey or horse? Mr. Cerny stories)
Wien: Dachs, 1998. 109 p.
ISBN 3-85191-11-3
Pony - Donkey
Mr. Cerny's father was a donkey and his mother a pony. Thus he was born a dwarf mule and after living for a short time in animal shelter, he was given a home on at a riding farm together with several other important figures in the horse world. Mr. Cerny is a serious challenge to both man and animal at the farm because he had received no proper upbringing at the animal shelter and inspite of his stenorious voice he is umbelievably timid. But they make the best of things and in the end the animals once again have the training of their people back under control again. An adorable book told with humor from the perspective of souvereign pets. (6+) ☼

Special Mention - Austria (German) - 1999 - 72
Janisch, Heinz (text)
Kállay, Dušan (illus.)
Die kleine Marie und der große Bär
(Little Marie and the big bear)
Wien: Betz, 1997. [24] p.
ISBN 3-219-10693-5
Bicycle - Accident - Unconsciousness - Fabled animal
Marie has had an accident while riding her bike, but the reader learns this only at the end of the text. At first she dreams, while still unconscious, that her big Teddybear wants to dance with her. As she twirls and dances she sees many other familiar and unfamiliar fabled animals and even herself, though much older and wearing glasses. At least she becomes dizzy and falls into a deep sleep. When she awakens, she is surprised to find her parents standing at her bedside next to people in white overcoats. In these dream and phantasy scenes Dušan Kállay has taken a theme that no other artist could capture better. Earthy tones, bizarre shapes and figures, in all sizes and crowded together, take the reader-viewer along to a world of fantasy. (6+)

Special Mention - Austria (German) - 1999 - 73
Klement, Robert
Sieben Tage im Februar
(Seven days in February)
Wien: Jungbrunnen, 1998. 141 p.
ISBN 3-7026-5698-7
Burgenland (Austria) - Bomb attack - Father/Death - Roma - Ostracism - Racism
In the Austrian province Burgenland four men from the Roma settlement at the edge of town are killed in a bomb attack. Josef's father is one of them. Why? A well-respected, inconspicuous elderly gentleman considers this settlement a thorn in the side. All of his negative emotions intensify into an obsession. He wants to destroy these idle vagabonds. He manages to build a bomb without anyone taking notice. The plot of this story is based on an actual occurence which received media coverage. The author succeeds in depicting the gulf that can develop between people which cannot be bridged by even the best of intentions and good will. (14+) ☆

Special Mention - Austria (German) - 1999 - 74
Konsek, Dieter (text/illus.)
Vincent und das Farbenwunder
(Vincent and the miracle of color)
Wien: Picus, 1998. [28] p.
ISBN 3-85452-816-7
Magician - Colors - Music
Long ago, when the world was still grey and colorless and music had not yet been invented, the magicians held a gala party once a year. Each presented what he could do best. Only little Vincent had nothing to show off. Then one day he noticed that when he blew into his reed pipe, the world was bathed in a rainbow of colors. Soon he convinced the singing birds to help him with his presentation. And hence he discovered the most valuable magic trick of all. The artist renders his story in archaic shapes and earthy tones. (5+)

Austria (German) - 2000 - 73
Auer, Martin (text)
Wolfsgruber, Linda (illus.)
Warum der Hase lange Ohren hat
(Why hares have long ears)
Wien: Gabriel, 1999. [28] p.
ISBN 3-7072-6600-1
Hare - Baby animal - Upbringing - Punishment
The baby hare cannot escape paternal punishments no matter what it does or how it behaves. Father is bound to pull his ears. Later when it is an adult and has long ears of its own, it will be time for the little hare of the next generation. That is why there are only hares with long ears in this world. Actually this story takes a rather fatalistic turn, but the child(-hare) doesn't seem to take it too hard. The colorful pictures do not engender any uproar, but simply illustrate the apparently inevitable course of things. (6+) ☼

Special Mention - Austria (German) - 2000 - 74
Domenego, Hans (idea/coord.)
Baumann, Hans [et al.] (text)
Werwiewas. Das Lexikon für Kinder
(Who, how, what. The children's encyclopedia)
Wien: Jugend & Volk, 1998. 352 p.
ISBN 3-7100-0214-1
»An encyclopedia for children between eight and twelve years of age and a bit above and below.« This claim is well-met in this considerably improved and expanded edition of an encyclopedia which has grown with the times. The number of terms has been highly increased, the content remains concise, length and layout are accessible, and it includes excellent visual materials and understandable references. A pleasant atmosphere is achieved with little side features such as quotes from school essays or short poems and word-plays in specially marked boxes. Short excerpts from books by children's book authors create a bridge to children's literature. This attractively designed and sturdy-bound book is guaranteed a long and useful life. Both young and old will profit from dipping into this mighty compendium of knowledge. (7+)

Special Mention - Austria (German) - 2000 - 75
Grosche, Erwin (text)
Junge, Norman (illus.)
Der Schlafbewacher
(The sleepwatcher)
Wien: Gabriel, 2000. 32 p.
ISBN 3-7072-6614-1
Sleep - Guard duty - Fear - Daydream
Tobias has nasty dreams - only the sleepwatcher can help. Grandma Gersdorfer can't fall asleep - and he helps her, too. And he can give warning not to fall asleep - at school, as soon as a teacher approaches a sleepy-head. Norman Junge's spaciously pictures of the bizarre figure of the sleepwatcher correspond to the dream of a benevolent helper for everyone who, unfortunately often at the wrong time, wants to sleep or cannot sleep. (6+) ☼

Special Mention - Austria (German) - 2000 - 76
Jung, Reinhardt
Das geheime Wissen der Pinguine; 4
(The secret knowledge of penguins; 4)
Wien: Jungbrunnen, 1999. 150 p.
ISBN 3-7026-5712-6
Question - Paradox - Penguin
Penguins are probably so intelligent because they live on the South Pole - where things stand on their heads and follow their own laws. So, consequently, there can be no question that is too complicated for penguins (some would say none »too dumb«). They just turn the questions in and out and turn it on its head and are then sure to find a solution. Their spokesman is Mr. Humboldt Penguin, who is also prepared to travel around the world to get an answer. No paradox is too illogical for him, no slip of the tongue too ill-timed. This is the way to put together a thick compendium of (penguin's) know-ledge, and the reader must spin out the riddles to discover more about it. (10+)

Special Mention - Austria (German) - 2000 - 77
Jung, Reinhardt (text)
Sönnichsen, Imke (illus.)
Das kleine Nein!
(That little No!)
Wien: Jungbrunnen, 1999. [28] p.
ISBN 3-7026-5707-x
Stubbornness - Curiosity - Search for identity
That little No! is actually already quite big and can do everything by itself. But there is one thing it cannot do, namely say Yes! Even the good Nanunana has to explain and ask questions for a long time until there is no little No! left and finally a Yes! comes from its mouth. This humorous book is for all inquisitive children, big and little, who are not satisfied with quick explanations from adults. (4+) ☼

Special Mention - Austria (German) - 2000 - 78
Nöstlinger, Christine
ABC für Großmütter
(An ABC for Grandmas)
Wien: Dachs-Verl., 1999. 125 p.
(Edition Christine Nöstlinger)
ISBN 3-85191-165-2
Dictionary/German - Grandmother
Grandmothers are very, very different, claims Christine Nöstlinger quite correctly. Thus, with a twinkle in her eye, she offers this dictionary of some of the episodes in her own grandmotherly existence that is open for further contributions. For example, take the chapter K - for »Klamotten« (clothing) - with grandmotherly duels in an »in« shop, and her subsequent commentary: »Heavens, Heavens, I won't say another word about that pretty grave-diggers cloak that I bought him… «. An entertaining compilation of risky habits found among grandmothers - and their children's children - and strategies for getting along with each other. (12+)

Austria (German) - 2001 - 65
Dahimène, Adelheid (text)
Stöllinger, Heide (illus.)
Voller Mond und leerer Bär
(Full moon and empty bear)
Wien : Verl. Jungbrunnen, 2000. [32] p.
ISBN 3-7026-5719-3
Moon - Bear - Magic - Self-confidence - Hope
One night, the full moon shines through a window and sees a completely flat bear lying on the floor – a big, sad head sitting on top. The moon wants to help and lift his sadness. He encourages the »empty« bear to get up and wash off the dust and dirt of the past years by the fountain. This succeeds and the two have great fun together. Soon the moon has to return to the sky. But he promises the bear to reserve him a place up there: if he has enough patience, one day (or night rather!) he will be a constellation up in the sky. Meanwhile, the bear returns to his bear-skin state, but he is no longer sad. Coloured pencil illustrations perfectly render the development from the sad, empty bear skin to the hopeful dreamer. (5+)

Austria (German) - 2001 - 66
Gutenbergmuseum Mainz (ed.)
Von Gutenberg zum World Wide Web
(From Gutenberg to the world wide web)
Wien : Dachs, 2000. 117 p.
ISBN 3-85191-190-3
Gutenberg, Johannes - Book printing - Computer - Internet
In time for Gutenberg's 600th birthday, here is a helpful reference book, documenting his contribution to print media and to the world of books in an encompassing and useful way. Along with his biography, partly based on documents of the many legal trials instigated by and against Gutenberg, come detailed descriptions of his craft, book printing, and its development to the present day. The section »The colourful encyclopedia of the black art« introduces a wide range of technical terms of printing and offers annotations to the topics »book and computer« and »media «. A list of addresses and useful hints (not only) for interested adolescents complement this thorough book. It looks as though paper and electronic media should get along nicely in the future. (12+)

Austria (German) - 2001 - 67
Kaufmann, Angelika (text/illus.)
(<Proper name>)
Weitra : Publ. No. 1, Bibl. Der Provinz, [2000]. [32] p.
ISBN 3-85252-175-0
Zebra - Siblings - Escape - Dream
A zebra familiy takes a rest in the grasslands around noon – stripes by stripes. Only the little foal wants to skip and jump about. When a lion appears in the distance, the herd flees, but Cäcilie falls into a deep ditch. She can only get out thanks to a pair of magic shoes. When she wakes up, it all turns out to have been a dream. But now she can tell the others about her adventure. The story is framed by the illustrator's report about her own work. A picture book inviting to be read over and over again – just the way children love it. (4+)

Special Mention - Austria (German) - 2001 - 68
Kooij, Rachel van (text)
Wechdorn, Susanne (illus.)
Jonas, die Gans
(Jonas, the gander)
Wien: Verl. Jungbrunnern, 2000. 114 p.
ISBN 3-7026-5721-5
Goose - Poultry farming - Captivity - Accident - Naiveté - Freedom
The geese at the plant may have plenty to eat and they may be clean, but their lives in the narrow coops consist of awaiting their turn at the butcher's. Only Jonas dares to ponder the why and wherefore of existence. And he of all geese is to serve as Anna's and Alois' Christmas roast! But things take an unexpected turn: the transport crashes, Jonas tries to find his destination on his own, escapes the fox and finally finds Alois. The farmer is relieved: his Christmas dinner seems secured. But Anna adopts Jonas into her family of pets. They will have carp for Christmas dinner instead – like every year. A suggestive and humorous story about a gander whose life is saved by his belief in the intrinsic goodness of the world. (8+)

Special Mention - Austria (German) - 2001 - 69
Lukas, Leo (text)
Haderer, Gerhard (illus.)
Jörgi, der Drachentöter : ein Bilderbuch für Kinder und Erwachsene
(Jörgi, the dragon fighter : a picture book for children and adults)
Wien : Ueberreuter, 2000. [40] p.
ISBN 3-8000-3792-0
Boy - Dragon - Abuse of power - Racism - Democracy
Jörgi knows precisely what he wants to be when he grows up: a dragon fighter. To make things complicated, the king himself is a dragon – and Jörgi helps to depose him. The crown prince has hardly taken up his office, when he, too, turns into a dragon. Now it is Jörgi's turn to rule the country – and once again things turn out dragonly bad. The observant subjects conclude: the crown creates the dragons – let us get rid of it! That is what happens, and now (democratic) peace and happiness return. Older readers will rejoice at the caricatures of reallife contemporary politics and appreciate the satirical undertone. Cleverly enough, however, the fairy tale pictures show – for children – scenes from the times of chivalry when killing and dismissing dragons still helped. (6+)

Special Mention - Austria (German) - 2001 - 70
Sklenitzka, Franz Sales (text/illus.)
Die Bibliothek : ein interaktives Leseabenteuer
(The library : an interactive reading-adventure)
St. Pölten : NP-Buchverl., 2000. [180] p.
ISBN 3-85326-156-6
Library - Theft - Detective - Interactive reading
Strange things happen in the local library: valuable volumes disappear, but even though the librarian might be very wise, he is also quite helpless. That's what the protagonist of these »library mysteries« discovers during his research for a German presentation. In the end, the mystery is solved and the researcher wins a trip to Ireland to have a look at the original »Book of Kells«. The term »interactive reading« probably relates to the text's affinity to the new media – it offers links which allow the reader to zap his own, unique way through the narrative. In any case, this entertaining volume states the case for a renewed discovery of books and libraries. (12+)

Special Mention - Austria (German) - 2001 - 71
Treskatis, Barbara (text/illus.)
Wenn ich eine Katze hätte
(If I had a cat)
Wien : Dachs, 2000. [28] p.
ISBN 3-85191-186-5
Girl - Love for animals - Wish - Cat - Imagination
A little girl longs to have a kitten, but her mother and father keep putting the wish off. And then – what a surprise – her wish comes true without the slightest assistance of her parents: one kitten appears to play with Lena, one to protect her during the night, another one to keep her company on the way to kindergarten. Naturally, she insists on keeping these friends when she finally gets a real pet – and they promise to stay close to her. A book for the little ones with spacious, calm pictures in saturated colours encouraging trust in the world and most especially in the power of imagination. (5+)

Austria (German) - 2002 - 65
Achternbusch, Herbert (text/illus.)
Weitra : Publ. P No. 1, Bibliothek der Provinz, [1999]. [30] p.
ISBN 3-85252-186-6
Small girl – Carp – Lifesaving – Imagination – Anthropomorphism
There are two central questions implicitly discussed in this unusual picture book: What are the limits of awareness for both humans and animals and how do these two species communicate with each other? For the two carps living in the pond in front of Naomi's house the »concept of the world« at first naturally ends at the surface of the water. One day, though, three-year-old Naomi saves the life of one of the carps, who dutifully expresses his thanks. The small girl immediately tells her parents about it. Unlike Naomi's mother, a teacher, her poetry- writing father does not consider talking carps astonishing. In only a few lines of text and blue-ink brushwork the author gives us his firm opinion about children, poets, carps, and teachers. (7+) ☼

Austria (German) - 2002 - 66
Auer, Martin (text)
Wolfsgruber, Linda (illus.)
(<Proper name>)
St. Pölten [et al.] : NP, 2001. [28] p.
ISBN 3-85326-240-6
Devil – Wings – Loss – Search
Luzi, the son of great Lucifer, wants to bring back the large, wonderfully white angelic wings his father lost long ago. He starts his search on the earth's surface and tries out all the different materials he comes across – without success, of course. Then Angela, a small angel, turns up and persuades him to play hopscotch (in German called »Himmel und Hölle« / »Heaven and Hell«). They jump around hopping from square to square with all the tricks of the trade, and that is how Luzi finds a solution to his father's problem: »If you can't fly, at least you can jump«, he tells him. Father Lucifer smiles. Around the devils' family idyll, the small and big protagonists move on a diabolically red background, around the secular world, they move on a scenery dominated by earthen and heavenly colours. In this picture book, heaven and hell become reconciled. (5+)

Special Mention - Austria (German) - 2002 - 67
Auer, Martin (text)
Wolfsgruber, Linda (illus.)
Prinzessin Rotznase
(Princess Snotty-Nose)
Weitra : Publ. P No. 1, Bibliothek der Provinz, 2001. [64] p.
ISBN 3-85252-375-3
Princess – Example – Imitation – Dependence
Because of their psychological dependence on others, the protagonists of this picture book act very weirdly. A high-ranking person does something impertinent and immediately everybody imitates that behaviour in some form: When the proud princess refuses to blow her nose, the prince does not want to comb his hair anymore, the king stops washing himself, the magician tears his clothes, etc. etc. And in the end, to make matters worse, the fool even intends to let himself be eaten by the crocodile – only because of the other people's foolishness. Luckily enough, the story ends happily for both the fool and the crocodile. The various mixedmedia collages, are set off against a uniform background resembling a table on which all the protagonists meet. The text is partly hand-written, partly printed. The arrangement of text and pictures, full of sudden breaks and leaps, underscores the absurdity of the action. Despite its serious background, this interactive book also invites its readers to play. (Cut-out dolls are included) (4+) ☼

Special Mention - Austria (German) - 2002 - 68
Janisch, Heinz (text)
Bansch, Helga (illus.)
Es gibt so Tage ...
(There are those days ...)
Wien : Jungbrunnen, 2001. [28] p.
ISBN 3-7026-5734-7
Girl – Everyday life – Imagination – Mood
There are certain days ... when the world seems all topsy-turvy. Maybe, one should indeed think about Merike's interpretation of reality as presented in the creative and lively pictures: Isn't it true that sometimes everybody seems to walk on stilts or stand on their heads (at least inwardly)? Doesn't the city really seem like a huge jungle at times? And, on the bright side, doesn't everyone get a kiss once in a while? Doesn't everybody feel the need to lean on somebody, to stare into the air, or to show a special trick to someone? On those days ... when she rather stays in bed, Merike invents her own stories. This book offers its readers almost endless possibilities for dreaming on and on. (6+) ☼

Special Mention - Austria (German) - 2002 - 69
Laube, Sigrid
Der unterbrochene Ton
(The interrupted sound)
Wien [et al.] : Jungbrunnen, 2001. 270 p.
ISBN 3-7026-5736-3
Vienna/1938-1939 – Upper classes – Jews – Family – Daughter – National Socialism – Persecution of the Jews – Emigration
This is a story told in flashbacks: In 1947, while travelling to her father who emigrated overseas, Clara remembers the life-threatening incidents of 1938 and 1939 and the momentous changes to her daily life in Vienna during her childhood. In the course of these events, a well-guarded family secret could not be kept any longer: to protect her children, Clara's non-Jewish mother reveals that the father of Clara and her siblings, a friend of the family, is »Aryan«. Their deeply-loved Jewish dad is not the natural father. The children do not understand their parents' actions anymore. Yet, such family matters fade into the background in the face of the real-life horrors. This is a moving novel based on an authentic story and written with a profound knowledge of historical details. (12+)

Special Mention - Austria (German) - 2002 - 70
Said (text)
Kretschmann, Moidi (illus.)
(<Proper name>)
St. Pölten [et al.] : NP, 2001. [24] p.
ISBN 3-85326-243-0
Scarecrow – Raven – Uselessness – Loneliness – Fear – Friendship – Age
Clara feels very lonely – until, one day, a raven comes along, who tells her about the whole wide world. As Clara is afraid of the dark – a very embarrassing thing for a scarecrow – she asks the raven to stay with her. The urbane bird, however, intends to fetch her the moon from the sky to light up the night. Yet, since Clara would definitely prefer her new friend's company, she is not really disappointed when his big plan fails. Clara names the raven, who has never had a name before, Jakob and they stay together. The illustrations with their large white spaces make Clara's loneliness evident and picture two slightly dishevelled but happy friends. (6+)

Special Mention - Austria (German) - 2002 - 71
Thüminger, Rosemarie
(<Proper name>)
Wien : Dachs-Verl., 2001. 139 p.
ISBN 3-85191-223-3
Friendship – Drug abuse – Coming of age
Elena and her brother get on very well. Therefore, his invitation to join him and his girlfriend Susette on a trip to Amsterdam sounds very attractive to Elena, even if she does not have a particularly good relationship with Susette, a spoiled young woman. Of course, she doesn't have any idea that Susette is a drug addict and intends to abuse her for smuggeling drugs. After a while, the young woman's psychological situation becomes more and more desperate; eventually, she freezes to death in the mountains, intoxicated with alcohol and drugs. Elena sees and shares her brother's despair. Due to these events, she matures and grows into a responsible young woman. In an unspectacular style, the author convincingly relates the conflicts of young people from different social backgrounds. (14+)

Austria (German) - 2003 - 65
Böck, Margit [et al.] (ed.)
Abenteuer Journalismus
(The adventure of journalism)
Wien : Dachs-Verl., 2002. 190 p.
ISBN 3-85191-276-4
Journalism – Media
The endpapers of this book already hint at its basic intention: It wants to inform its readers. Various tables and diagrams offer an overview of many journalistic facts worth knowing about. The text covers the history of journalism, introduces famous representatives, talks about outstanding events, as well as the role of journalism in modern media, includes a glossary – and many more aspects. Not least for novice journalists and young people interested in the topic, this book gives a basic introduction to the subject. The clear layout of the book visually rounds off the writing of this attractive and excellent book. (12+)

Special Mention - Austria (German) - 2003 - 66
Dahimène, Adelheid (text)
Stöllinger, Heide (illus.)
St. Pölten [et al.] : NP-Buchverl., 2002. [34] p.
ISBN 3-85326-252-x
Donkey – Partnership – Silver wedding anniversary – Forgetfulness – Argument – Stubbornness – Reconciliation
The old donkey and his wife behave like all typical donkeys – that is they stubbornly stop in the middle of the road each time they have to cross a street. Because they love each other so dearly and embrace often, each of them has developed a special bodily feature: He has a bump on his neck while her neck is dented. Yet, despite all this, when the donkey-husband forgets their silver wedding anniversary, the donkey-wife feels really hurt and runs off – and he lets her go. In their stubbornness, both are certain that they will easily find another partner with an equally comfortable bump / dent. But, of course, there is no other partner for either of them within the whole animal realm. How happy both of them are, when they finally get together again – in the desert – where the camels lovingly intertwine their humps; only one camel remains alone and therefore has to cuddle up in the (humped) dunes. This is a cheerful book about quarrels, stubbornness, and reconciliation, and about the reliability of belonging together. The donkeys, presented by the illustrator not quite true to life, certainly carry some human characteristics. (6+)

Special Mention - Austria (German) - 2003 - 67
Janisch, Heinz (text)
Jung, Barbara (illus.)
Wenn Anna Angst hat
(When Anna is afraid)
Wien [et al.] : Jungbrunnen, 2002. [28] p.
ISBN 3-7026-5737-1
Falling asleep – Fear – Coping with fear – Imagination
Anna is a clever young girl. She is absolutely sure that the great giant, for example, never sleeps – and him she calls whenever she is afraid. She has quite a few of such mighty friends: the 33 knights of the nutshells, the green spinning-dragon, the flying feather, the magnetic mountain, and – last but not least – herself. After all, she can always tell herself »Anna is not afraid at all«. And then she falls asleep. (But the great giant doesn’t sleep, because he guards her.) Full-page pictures and clear, rich colours invite readers to dive into the world of these fantastic creatures, who want to support small girls like Anna. (3+) ☼

Special Mention - Austria (German) - 2003 - 68
Männer, Wolfgang (text/illus.)
Almhofer, Edith (ed.)
Ap & Daun <nonsense pun>
Gumpoldskirchen [et al.] : Dea-Verl., 2001. [24] p.
ISBN 3-901867-07-4
Nonsense – Children’s verse
You can – and you should – turn this funny book around and around. The encyclopaedic descriptions below the illustrations always refer to the same picture, but seen from two different sides: The detective with his hat becomes a man with a cigar, the admiral suddenly looks like a wide-grinning mouth, the number 9 is turned into 6. Extracts from the German dictionary Duden in typewritten letters are used as explanations for the pictures. In addition, there is a rhyming couplet for the different versions of each picture. This is a book for children who love to fiddle about. Together with their parents they will enjoy the fun hidden in the book’s language and picture puzzles. (8+)

Special Mention - Austria (German) - 2003 - 69
Schreiber-Wicke, Edith (text)
Habinger, Renate (illus.)
St. Pölten [et al.] : Niederösterr. Pressehaus, 2002. 45 p.
ISBN 3-85326-257-0
Dental hygiene – Humour
It is extremely difficult to persuade the young protagonist of this amusing lesson in dental hygiene that her mother is right. From her own experience she knows, after all, that not EVERYBODY clean their teeth! Even if the whole world – people, animals, and fictional creatures alike – may be interested in it, her friends Egon and Helene are definitely not. No more discussion. That is why the fast dialogue between mother and daughter leads to nothing. Yet, believe it or not: It is her two small friends who, of all people, finally manage to pave the way for the strawberry taste toothpaste with their wide-mouthed carious grin. Witty ideas in text and pictures help to ease the tensions regarding this delicate topic. (4+)

Special Mention - Austria (German) - 2003 - 70
Sulzenbacher, Gudrun (text)
Ochsenreiter, Augustin (photogr.)
Altes Handwerk und ländliches Leben
(Traditional trades and rural life)
Wien [et al.] : Folio-Verl., 2002. 64 p.
ISBN 3-85256-208-2
Trade – Rural life
This highly informative photo documentary, with its excellent text and design, shows scenes from working- and everyday-life untouched by the speed of modern-day electronics. Quite a few of the old skilled trades have survived up to this day because they are still needed and practised in rural areas. Other trades, such as burning oil, treating flax, cheese-making, and quill embroidery sound unfamiliar to us today. Not least, these traditional skills are part of the history of European cultures and of our general education. In words and pictures, the final chapter called »How to cure suffering« humorously completes our ideas about how barbers and surgeons used to cure diseases in former times. Luckily enough, these instruments and tinctures are not in keeping with the times anymore. (8+) ☆

Special Mention - Austria (German) - 2003 - 71
Thoma, Helga
Gegen den Strom : Zivilcourage und Widerstand im Dritten Reich
(Against the current : courage and resistance in Nazi Germany)
Wien : Ueberreuter, 2002. 175 p.
ISBN 3-8000-3886-2
Germany – Austria – National Socialism – Persecution of the Jews – Resistance – Courage
This young adult book about the extermination of the Jews under the rule of the National Socialists is the first not to focus exclusively on people in Germany. In Austria, too, courageous outsiders offered resistance to the terror-regime. The book honours those, who have not yet been in the limelight of public attention. Many of these lesser-known heroes have paid with their lives for showing a humane attitude. Yet, even the lives of those who were able to save themselves, were continuously threatened. After 1945, some of the survivors reported the past events as contemporary witnesses. Moreover, the author critically examines the position of the respective states after the end of the war towards these courageous people. A bibliography rounds off the informative documentary volume. (14+) ☆

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Anger-Schmidt, Gerda (text)
Habinger, Renate (illus.)
Neun nackte Nilpferddamen : aller Unsinn macht Spaß
(Nine naked hippo ladies : nonsense is fun)
St. Pölten [et al.] : NP, 2003. 128 p.
ISBN 3-85326-272-4
Alphabet – Poetry – Riddle – Nonsense
This ABC-book promises many diverse discoveries – and it really keeps them. With the letters from A to Z on the right-hand margin, it looks like an address book. The pages offer a multitude of verses, pictures, riddles, puns, and sayings for each and every reader to think, smile, or laugh about. Since it might prove a little too difficult for beginning readers on their own, adults should jump at this opportunity and join in the puzzle-solving-fun with their children. In this entertaining compendium, the whole world between heaven and earth is spread out before the reader. (5+) ☼

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Damm, Dörte
Daphne Wildermuth : die Tochter des Jakobiners
(Daphne Wildermuth : the Jacobin’s daughter)
Wien : Ueberreuter, 2003. 275 p.
ISBN 3-8000-2083-1
Girl – Actress – Choice of career – Wish – Germany/1793
Daphne’s mother has died, her father sympathises with the French Jacobins and the heart’s desire of the selfconfident girl is to become an actress. Her mother’s relatives take her away from the liberal-minded, pro- French Palatinate and bring her to the courtly city of Weimar. In a painful process, Daphne experiences the narrowness of the Saxonian provincial town and its inhabitants’ attitude towards life, which is characterised by conformism and hierarchical thinking. To follow her dream, the girl escapes and joins a group of travelling actors. Although the group breaks up, Daphne is lucky: Her father enables her to start an apprenticeship as an actress in Weimar. This informative story of an early female emancipation is set up against an authentic historical background. (12+)

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Poznanski, Ursula (text)
Rassmus, Jens (illus.)
(Jungle of letters)
Wien : Dachs, 2003. [36] p.
ISBN 3-85191-308-6
Alphabet – Animals – Puzzle
A tornado in the jungle whirls around the animals: Almost every one of them loses a letter from its name which hangs high up in the trees now. Luckily enough, little monkey and ara get together and start looking for the owners of the respective letters: the NU (now) turns back into a GNU (gnu), the LANGE (long one) into a SCHLANGE (snake), the LEDERMAUS (leather mouse) into a FLEDERMAUS (bat). Even two completely different personalities like AL and AL, i.e. AAL (eel) and WAL (whale), can calmly swim away now free of worries. This cheerful letterpuzzle- book with pastel-coloured pictures scattered throughout the text, tells a logical and exciting story for pre-school children. (4+)

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Vogel, Sibylle (text/illus.)
Hugo allein daheim
(Hugo home alone)
Wien : Picus-Verl., 2003. [32] p.
ISBN 3-85452-865-5
Family – Dog – Keeping a pet – Loneliness – Mischief
Even the most devoted of dogs is confused when the family drives away and leaves him alone at home. Well, he says to himself, then it is probably my duty to guard the house. On the other hand, he is now free to do everything he pleases: raid the fridge, invite friends, chase the chicken, tease the cat, etc. Unfortunately, however, all of this becomes boring very quickly when no one gets angry about the mischief or fills up the fridge again. Eventually, the postman delivers the relieving message: The family is coming back home. This is a colourful and amusing book about an extremely sensible and cooperative guard dog. (4+)

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Zauleck, Franz (text/illus.)
Olga mit dem Gummipropeller : eine Geschichte mit Bildern
(Olga with the rubber propeller : a story with pictures)
Wien [et al.] : Verl. Jungbrunnen, 2002. [34] p.
ISBN 3-7026-5746-0
Literary fairy tale – Cow – Colour – Identity – Outsider – Community – Wish – Differentness
A white cow gives birth to a black calf. This would not have been a problem, had not all the cows in this country been white. Therefore, the little calf wants to be white, too. It goes on a journey and a fairy grants its wish – yet suddenly it comes to a country where all the cows are black. Now, little calf wants to return home, but when it travels through another region it meets a purple cow – a poor outsider. Only one wish will help: All cows shall have different patterns – and that’s the way it still is (almost) everywhere until today. The artist depicts the calf’s adventurous journey to itself in mixed-media illustrations. By dressing the cows in differently coloured clothes, he takes the topic of identity and otherness to another (human) level. (5+)

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Andersen, Hans Christian (text)
Wolfsgruber, Linda (illus.)
Weitra : Publ. P No. 1. Bibliothek der Provinz, 2004. [32] p.
ISBN 3-85252-567-5
Longing for a child – Height – Prince – Marriage – Literary fairy tale
Quite unexpectedly, a childless woman is granted her dearest wish and given a little girl who lives in a closed tulip-blossom. Unfortunately, the pretty child is kidnapped and has to survive several unwanted, dangerous adventures with various animals – toad, cockchafer, mouse, mole, until, at the end of her journey, she takes the king of the flower-elves for her husband. In this picture book, Andersen’s popular fairy tale is accompanied by tender illustrations that (almost) make the readers feel how light and delicate the little creature is. Pencil drawings and coloured etchings present small and larger parts of the plot. (6+)

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Bansch, Helga (text/illus.)
Frau Bund und Hund
(Mrs. Fogg and Dog)
Wien : Jungbrunnen, 2004. [28] p.
ISBN 3-7026-5754-1
Dog – Tidiness – Love – Chaos – Happiness
Ultra-tidy Mrs. Fogg has an ultra-well-behaved dog who is fairly happy without running around on the grass or playing with other dogs and with only being taken out, on the leash, to do his business three times a day. One day, however, a wild, unruly, redhaired »bitch« (as Mrs. Fogg calls her) kidnaps the »good boy«. He temporarily disappears without a trace. Mrs. Bund and her neighbour Mr. Cheerful start searching for him and get along very well. Eventually, Dog returns together with the »bitch« and – so what – they both decide to stay with Mrs. Bund. And so does Mr. Cheerful. A picture story about tidiness and love. Text and pictures perfectly complement each other with their characteristic subtle details. (4+) ☼

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Dahimène, Adelheid (text)
Stöllinger, Heide (illus.)
Schnell, Rudi, schnell!
(Quick, Rudi, quick!)
Wien : Picus, 2004. [36] p.
ISBN 3-85452-875-2
Boy – Food – Task – Shopping – Delay – Help
Mother asks Rudi to run quickly and buy some butter. Yet, immediately, neighbours and other passers-by shower him with additional jobs and instructions. In the end, he completes the last job first, and this more or less automatically helps him accomplish the next one and so forth: Rudi returns an iron (which had tumbled down from a window), is given a glass of warm water to rescue Max’s tongue from the frozen lamp-post, discovers the neighbour’s budgie, finally buys the butter for his lunch, and is rewarded for his efforts by his mother who has prepared his favourite dish. A lively story told in pictures with numerous scenes that go beyond the short text – ideal for telling and reading aloud to small children. (5+)

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Janisch, Heinz (text)
Wiemers, Sabine (illus.)
Ein ganz gewöhnlicher Montag
(Just an ordinary Monday)
Wien [et al.] : Betz, 2004. [20] p.
ISBN 3-219-11122-X
Child – Mother – Imagination – Perception – Everyday life
As soon as Alfred gets up on Monday morning, he hovers in the air. »Clowning around,« his mother calls it and hurries to school with him, just like on any other day. Along the way, a lot of little miracles happen – but only Alfred notices the huge white steamer, two Red Indians, a minute space ship, and other unusual things. And in his classroom, too, it’s the children who understand how extraordinary the events are. The teacher is only interested in the routine of an ordinary school day. »But on a Monday,« Alfred concludes »miracles happen.« The pictures of this entertaining ›search-and-tell‹ picture book reveal even more unbelievable things than the text. (6+)

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Kirchhof, Beate (adapt.)
Bandlow, Katja (illus.)
Leonce und Lena : eine wundersame Geschichte; für Kinder frei erzählt nach einem Theaterstück von Georg Büchner
(Leonce and Lena)
Wien : Picus, 2004. [49] p.
ISBN 3-85452-873-6
Büchner, Georg/Leonce und Lena – Love – Coincidence
A wondrous tale for children, based on the play by Georg Büchner (1813-1837) – that’s the subtitle of this adaptation of a German classic. There is a prince who neither wants to marry nor become king. A princess, the intended bride for this prince, runs away from home because she is afraid of this unknown groom she is to marry. On their way, the two of them meet accidentally, fall in love, and – marry. Immediately, everything in the kingdom becomes better and nicer and... they lived happily ever after. Stage-like earth-coloured pictures with an ironic touch depict the good luck that fate bestows on the royal children in this fairy-tale-like yet satirical story. (6+)

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Lembcke, Marjaleena (text)
Hein, Sybille (illus.)
Ein Märchen ist ein Märchen ist ein Märchen
(A fairy tale is a fairy tale is a fairy tale)
St. Pölten [et al.] : NP, 2004. 124 p.
ISBN 3-85326-285-6
Fairy tale character – Author – Reality – Fiction
In this book, the readers are offered an imaginative play with different levels of storytelling: An author suffering from writer’s block has stopped writing, and the protagonists of his fairy tale are left behind feeling confused. They set off to look for their irresponsible creator and soon come across several similarly neglected characters from earlier equally unfinished texts. Together, they manage to get the process of story-telling going again so that the fairy tale figures can re-discover their own tales – which then end happily ever after. In a very humorous manner, the (real) author makes both the fictitious writer and his creations come alive and provides them with the power to act. The numerous illustrations complete the enjoyable read. (8+)

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Wellinger, Alice (text/illus.)
Ich hab ein Zimmer frei
(I have a room to rent)
St. Pölten [et al.] : NP, 2004. [32] p.
ISBN 3-85326-279-1
Girl – Wish
Anna really longs to have the (unfortunately very expensive) red boots she’s spotted in a mail order catalogue. But where to get the money for them? Well, she could let a room of her large house. Yet, all her tenants (a goose, a carnival princess, a giraffe, etc.) are anything but well-heeled so that she actually spends more money on them than she earns. Anna is almost resigned to give up her heart’s desire, when one day all her dodgy but grateful tenants offer her a present: the beloved boots. They are gorgeous – but a bit too small by now! This can only mean that Anna is growing up. Large, surrealistic colour-pencil drawings hover between dream-world and reality. (6+) ☼

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Janisch, Heinz (text)
Goedelt, Marion (illus.)
Drei Birken
(Three birch trees)
St. Pölten [et al.] : NP, 2005. [32] p.
ISBN 3-85326-292-9
Birch Environmental protection
Three birch trees, a few children, some books and their heroes these are the protagonists of this poetic fairy-tale-picture-book. The trees are eager to travel the world. On their long journey, however, they do not find any place where they feel comfortable enough to stay: neither in the city, nor by the polluted lake, on the torn-up hills, or on the dirty, abandoned playground. Eventually, they take a rest at the green picnic area with friendly people who read and play. Afterwards, they return home. During their journey, they do not grumble or explain why they do not like some things. They simply leave. This implicit criticism is easy to understand even for a small child. Delicate yet expressive pictures accompany the subdued text. (4+) ☼

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Pelz, Monika
Die Verschwörung der Dichter
(The poets’ conspiracy)
Wien [et al.] : Jungbrunnen, 2005. 270 p.
ISBN 3-7026-5770-3
France/1680-1790 Enlightenment – Orphan – Aristocracy – Society – Intrigue
In this book, set in 18th century France, young Marguerite is used as a pawn in an intrigue machinated as quasi-entertainment by the aristocracy of a famous literary salon in Paris, among them Denis Diderot, the author of a great encyclopaedia. The girl, herself a member of the landed gentry, gains insight into a world that is strange to her. After a number of disappointments, however, she is reunited with her childhood love. The young couple emigrate to America and work for the educational and judiciary system in the New Colonies. Set against a meticulously accurate historical background, a riveting portrait of a woman unfolds before the reader’s eyes. The appendix gives information about the most important dates and persons. (14+)

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Schneider, Karla (text)
Kehlenbeck, Angela (illus.)
Kapitän Nemo taucht auf
(Captain Nemo returns to the surface)
St. Pölten [et al.] : NP, 2005. [28] p.
ISBN 3-85326-295-3
Man Dog – Friendship – Submarine – Escapism – Return
A rich old man is fed up with people in general and has a huge submarine built for himself to descend into the depth of the ocean with his little dog. Yet, the isolated life becomes unbearable for both of them after a while, especially for the dog (no sun, no trees, and only boring smells on board). The man feels sorry for his little companion, and therefore they tentatively return to the surface, just when the sun breaks through the clouds. Dog and man take a deep breath and happier than before their journey – step ashore. Pencil drawings and collages in delicate colours on coloured pages make readers feel the vastness of the ocean and the sweetness of the air after their return. (6+) ☼

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Weninger, Brigitte (text)
Kirchmayr, Jakob (illus.)
Tiroler Sagen
(Legends from Tyrol)
Innsbruck [et al.] : Tyrolia, 2005. 215 p.
ISBN 3-7022-2715-6
Tyrol Legend
The outstanding feature of this beautiful volume of legends from Tyrol is its pictures: There is nothing old-fashioned or antiquarian about them. Thus, the modern style of the illustrations transports the texts to a new level. The readers and observers gain the impression that the events described are recent ones, despite the fact that they seem outright fantastic: such as the giants’ transformation into rocks when they refuse to accept both natural and human laws, or similar myth-like happenings. The table of contents lists the texts according to the various regions of Tyrol, and the appendix offers information about the sources, so that researchers will find the book as useful as the general reading public. (8+)

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Zauleck, Franz (text/illus.)
Prinzessin Eierkuchen
(Princess Pancake)
Wien : Jungbrunnen, 2005. [28] p.
ISBN 3-7026-5767-3
Man Egg – Princess – Royal household – Imaginative game
Old Balthasar finds an egg from which a little girl hatches a wondrous tale! Especially because the child claims to be a princess and Balthasar is forced to pretend to be her father, the king. To please the girl, the sweet-tempered man creates a fully-fledged royal household for her: Court Counsellor Penguin, Lord Stewart Dog, and Chambermaid Cat. Together they all live in Balthasar’s old hut, but – tomorrow – they really need to win a proper castle on the tombola. This book, whose illustrations are drawn, painted, and collaged with a lot of wit, inspires (grand)parents and children to let their imagination run free. (4+)

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Addai, Patrick K. (text)
Hübner, Robert (illus.)
Das Schnarchen der Ungeheuer : Sasabonsam; afrikanische Drachengeschichte
(The monsters’ snoring : Sasabonsam; an African tale about dragons)
Leonding : Verl. Adinkra, 2006. 71 p.
ISBN 3-9501083-4-3
Africa – Village – Adolescent – Initiation – Tradition
Some time ago, the sons of an African king had promised their father to present him with precious burial gifts after his death as a token of their love; the youngest son even vowed to fetch a monster’s head from faraway jungles. When the father dies unexpectedly, no one believes that the boy will be able to keep his promise. Yet try he must. With the help of magic charms and by summoning all of his inner strength, the boy fulfils his task. Both the pictures and the strong images of the text transport readers into a primordial world, determined by nature and in harmony with spiritual forces. The captivating narrative style bears witness to the Ghanaen author’s success as a storyteller. Earthen-coloured full-page pictures provide an expressive interpretation of the text (6+)

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Axster, Lilly (text)
Aebi, Christine (illus.)
Almhofer, Edith (ed.)
Jenny, sieben
(Jenny, seven)
Gumpoldskirchen [ et al.] : De’A, 2006. [44] p.
ISBN 3-901867-25-2
Parents – Separation – Father – Daughter
Max and Jenny, father and daughter, want to celebrate Jenny’s seventh birthday together. Since the parents’ separation, the two don’t know much about each other anymore and so they feel a bit nervous and insecure. At first, the situation is fairly uncomfortable but eventually a game saves the day. Both say exactly the opposite of what they really (don’t) want to do. They start laughing and feel more relaxed so that the party with various guests can finally start. Based on the theatre play »Daughter’s day«, this book seems to translate directly from the acting onstage, with the pencil- and colour-pencil drawings setting the stage action in an abstract space. The text relates the dialogue between the protagonists while narrative passages serve as connecting »stage directions«. (7+)

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Grossmann-Hensel, Katharina (text/illus.)
Wie Mama und Papa Verliebte wurden
(How Mum and Dad turned into lovers)
Wien [et al.] : Betz, 2006. [28] p.
ISBN 3-219-11249-8
Parents – Falling in love – Marriage – Childhood memory – Storytelling
As everybody knows, small children find it hard to imagine that there was a time when their parents did not yet know each other. Two individualists – the chaotic and imaginative mother and the extremely orderly father – are both longing for their perfect counterpart; and then they bump into each other. The collision could not have been any more extreme. On a metaphoric level, it resembles the love for colours meeting the love for black-white-and-grey. Nevertheless, counterbalancing each other’s opposing qualities, the two partners reach a state of harmony and their life together offers an exciting story to their son. One question remains, however: Even if, in the end, it is clear how and when they met, the reason why they did still remains a mystery. The story is presented in convincingly detailed pictures and text. (6+) ☼

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Kuhn, Nina (text)
Kuschel, Yvonne (illus.)
Lilli, machst du Quatsch?
(Lilli, are you up to something?)
St. Pölten [et al.] : Residenz-Verl., 2006. [32] p.
ISBN 3-7017-2007-X
Girl – Curiosity – Mischief – Mother – Education
No obstacle, big or small, seems to prevent Lilli from inventing her own »games«, such as: cutting off the doll’s braids, drawing on the bathroom tiles, emptying supermarket shelves, pinching some jam, flooding the flat, etc. Whenever the child is particularly quiet, her parents call out: »Lilli, are you up to something?« »No-o-o-o!«, comes Lilli’s retort. That’s all. Yet on the following textless page, the readers are confronted with the next dangerous situation, with yet another catastrophe. Question and answer remain the same throughout the book. The small family, drawn as colourful stick figures, seems fairly happy despite all their organisational problems. The strength of this light-hearted tale lies in the fact that it invites the readers to come up with their own interpretation. (6+)

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Sulzenbacher, Gudrun (text)
Surrey, Detlef (illus.)
Vom Büchermachen : wie Ötzi ins Buch kam
(Making books : how Ötzi the Iceman ended up in a book)
Wien : Folio Verl., 2006. 64 p. + poster
ISBN 978-3-85256-321-3
Book – Production – Publisher – Publishing
This is a book that all readers, big or small, will love. It introduces the process of making (non-fiction) books in great detail, partly using the author’s own, highly praised book »Die Gletschermumie« (The glacier mummy) as an example. Text and pictures explain how the book-to-be gets to the publisher (as idea or manuscript) and passes through various departments step by step until, with the help of modern technologies, it has turned into the finished product. Then it travels from the publisher or distributor to the bookstore into the hands of its readers. A particularly eye-catching feature is the number of printed »Postit «-notes scattered throughout the book, which contain technical terms about publishing. With its clear structure, informative content, and beautiful layout and design, this non-fiction book leaves nothing to be desired. Interested readers will discover that professional book production is a delightful, though complex and time-consuming undertaking. (10+)