Joke van Leeuwen

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Frankfurter Buchmesse
Guest of Honour 2016

Joke van Leeuwen

1952, The Hague
Language virtuoso. Illustrator. Performer. Lives in Antwerp.

Joke van Leeuwen is a creative jack-of-all-trades; she writes novels, children’s books, poetry, creates graphic art and performs on stage. She writes her novels, short story collections and poems for both children and adults. After her first children’s novel, De appelmoesstraat is anders (Applesauce Street is Different), was published in 1978, she wrote a series of children’s books which have since won many prestigious awards. Her first poetry collection was released in 1994, and in 2015, she was named Dutch Poet Laureate. She has also written five novels, including the immigration novel, De onervarenen (The Inexperienced) in 2015. Van Leeuwen also performs on a regular basis, putting on shows that combine cabaret, literature and images. She divides her time between Amsterdam, Brussels and Maastricht. Her books have been translated into a large number of languages.

Links   Dutch Foundation for Literature   Translations   Gerstenberg   Querido Kinderboek   Querido

Recently translated into German

Das tolle ABC-Buch
Gerstenberg Verlag, 2016
Translated by Hanni Ehlers
Original title: Mooi boek (Querido, 2015)

Being able to read is wonderful. Being able to look is wonderful. This book wants to surprise you – with ABCs in the shape of bendy children or monsters, with letters that have other letters hidden in them, with comics about Forky and Spoonface, with wordpictures and picture-words and much more.
A book with many surprising forms of literature for children who are learning to read and those who are new readers, and in which text and images are interwoven. A book about language and letters that entices readers to play with language and letters.

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