Annet Schaap has written the best children's book of the year in the Dutch language area with 'Lampje' (Small Lamp) and wins the Boekenleeuw 2018. Marit Törnqvist receives a Boekenpauw for her illustrations in ‘Het Gelukkige Eiland’ (The Happy Island). Both books were published at Querido.
‘Lampje', which is the writing debut of illustrator Annet Schaap, tells the story of a brave girl who learns to stand on her own two feet. The jury of the Boekenleeuw calls the book an 'unparalleled fairy tale to disappear into and to read again’. Schaap also won the Gouden Griffel for her debut.
Meanwhile, the film rights of 'Lampje' have been sold and the book will be translated into English, German, French, Russian, Polish and Slovenian.
De Boekenpauw went to the Swedish-Dutch illustrator Marit Törnqvist. In her picture book 'The Happy Island', a girl goes in search of 'the happy island', but gradually discovers that there are many different islands, each with their own strengths.
According to the jury, the book, for which she also wrote the texts, is a high-quality, slightly philosophical and poetic story that never gets too heavy on the hand. ‘Each illustration in this book is a painting in itself. In this way Törnqvist creates a world of her own, in which it is wonderful to stay. The interaction between text and illustration here is of an exceptionally high level.’
Annet Schaap © Vysotsky Marit Törnqvist © Marianne Witvliet
The award ceremony took place in the Boek-O-Drôme at the Boekenbeurs in Antwerp. This is the second time that children's and youth books from Flanders and the Netherlands were eligible for the prize. Winners Schaap and Törnqvist both receive 2,500 euros and a trophy.