Tjibbe Veldkamp & Philip Hopman
Trim size: : 21,4 x 27,8 cm | 32 pages
Once upon a time there was an orphanage with 22 orphans. They did as they pleased and played with whatever came in handy: a handrail or a rope… or even with nothing.
But one day a new director shows up. She doesn’t like wild games and sends the children to bed.
Life at the orphanage becomes very boring… until a big elephant appears in the dormitory!
An enchanting, hilarious story by the duo that created Tom the Tamer, that children will delight in.
Quotes from the press
‘Hopman conveys all the energy of imaginative children creating havoc left and right. They build forts under tables, hang from the orphanage balconies and ride a cart down the stairwell.’
– Publishers Weekly, starred review
‘… a sturdily constructed, beautifully crafted work of children’s literature … Hopman’s colour-washed, squiggly line drawings convey a gravity-defying zest and sense of adventure completely in tune with the narrative. The pandemonium of creative play is captured in the many small drawn details (such as 22 different expressions on falling orphan’s faces), which a child is free to explore during successive readings of the story.’
TJIBBE VELDKAMP is the author of picture books, stories for young children and YA novels. Lemniscaat published his picture books 22 Orphans, Tom the Tamer, Bert, Get off the Crane! and But First I Caught a Monster.
Philip Hopman (1961) graduated from the Rietveld Academy of Art in Amsterdam. Since 1988 he illustrated over 120 children’s books for Dutch and foreign publishers. His pictures are crammed with hilarious details; his dashing style shows great professional skill. Watercolour and pen-and-ink illustrations capitalize on the text in comic detail.