Writer of non-fiction children’s literature.
Bibi Dumon Tak has written several non-fiction books for children, the first of which was Het koeienboek (The Cow Book, 2001). She wanted to create a book about cows because they are her favourite animals. More books followed for children and young adults, but also for adults. Although most of them are about animals, she also wrote a book for young people who get in trouble with the law. She received three Silver Pencil Awards, for Fiet wil rennen (Fiet Wants to Run), among other works. Most of her titles have been translated into German. Bibi’s bijzondere beestenboek was nominated for the 2010 Deutschen Jugendliteraturpreis (German Children’s Literature Prize) for Kuckuck, Krake, Kakerlake. In 2012, she won the Golden Pen, the prize for the best children’s book of the year, for Winterdieren (Winter Animals). Vrij Nederland called her the ‘queen of non-fiction for children’.
Mücke, Maus und Maulwurf.
Die allernormalsten Tiere der Welt
Hanser Verlag, 2016
Illustrations: Fleur van der Weel
Translated by Meike Blatnik
Original title: Bibi’s doodgewone dierenboek
Forty brief portraits of absolutely ordinary animals, such as the mosquito, mouse and slug, which turn out to have surprising characteristics. Bibi Dumon Tak writes so beautifully and originally that her non-fiction has all the impact of fiction.
This book is the follow-up to her internationally successful Bibi's Bizarre Beastie Book, which won a Zilveren Griffel award, with 13,000 copies of the Dutch edition sold, and Winter Animals, which won the Gouden Griffel award 2012, with 20,000 copies sold.
Bibi Dumon Tak is a great asset to children’s literature in the Netherlands.