Carll Cneut

Frankfurter Buchmesse
Guest of Honour 2016

Carll Cneut

1969, Roeselare. Illustrator. Creates ‘drawings that are never finished’. Enjoys working with acrylic

Carll Cneut debuted in 1996 together with author Geert De Kockere with Varkentjes van Marsepein (Piglets of Marzipan). He has more than 30 works to his name, including Roodgeelzwartwit (Redyellowblackwhite, 2002), Het geheim van de keel van de nachtegaal (The Secret of the Nightingale’s Throat, 2008) and the highly praised Mijnheer Ferdinand (Mister Ferdinand, 2003).
With his illustrations, Cneut aims to produce an effect in his readers. His drawings are never finished, in the hope that they will stimulate readers’ imagination to complete them themselves, each in their own way. He has an impressive record of achievements to his name, and was rewarded for this with the Golden Plaque at the Biennial of Illustrations in Bratislava in 2003 and 2005, several nominations for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Flemish Cultural Prize for Literature for De gouden kooi (The Golden Cage, 2014). In its report, the jury applauded ‘his masterful craftsmanship’, calling the work the ‘pinnacle of visual art’. Cneut’s books have been translated into more than ten languages and sold in over 35 countries.


  SPRACHaufZEICHNUNG   Lesezelt: Edward van de Vendel & Joke van Leeuwen / Carll Cneut & Peter Verhelst   Expo Carll Cneut 'Der Göldene Käfig'   Reading Carll Cneut   Auf Kurs Nordwest   Translations   Bohem Press   De Eenhoorn

Recently translated into German

Drawing, doodling and coloring birds
Bohem Press, 2015
Original title: Vogels - tekenen, krabbelen en kleuren met Carll Cneut (De Eenhoorn, 2014)

A very special drawing and coloring book with which you learn to draw like the master-illustrator Carll Cneut. A collector’s item for all the true Carll Cneut-fans, and also for all the children (and adults) who love to draw and color.
This is the best drawing, doodling and colouring book I’ve ever seen.


This book offers inspiration in abundance, and forms a perfect duo with the primer and picture book De gouden kooi (The Golden Cage), yet it is also capable of stimulating the imagination all on its own.

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