Instant bestseller in the Netherlands!
My adaptation of Hector Malots famous classic ‘Sans famille’ (in English ‘Nobody’s boy’), with amazing illustrations of Charlotte Dematons. Great story to read to children from 7 years and up, children from around 10 can read it on their own. Also a fantastic (re)read for adults.
Upon publishing the book entered the top 60 bestseller list right away. Within three weeks the book had a second print, and the fourth came out in march 2017.
The book also has international potential. The German publishing house Urachhaus Verlag has understood this perfectly well: the German edition was published in autumn 2018.
my debut (1999) was published in four countries
Four different stories, four very different princesses: one desert princess, Huppity, has a selfish father who won’t let anybody use his sand (how selfish is that!); one ice princess Twinkle, who invites everybody to a party only to be nearly thwarted by the wicked ice witch; one African princess who yearns to visit the sea and ends up doing so in a remarkable fashion; and one very traditional princess with a traditionally wicked step-mother! At the beginning of each story are tips on how to dress like each princess so you can act out the story as you read! Brilliant for all princess-mad girls!
Over the years, my debut (1999, in Dutch ‘If I were a princess’), has been published in four coutries:
UK – The princess gift book (Bloomsbury Publishing)
USA – Four princesses (Kane/Miller Book Publishers)
Denmark – Min egen prinsessbog (Borgens Forlag)
Korea – (in Korean: For all the princesses in the world (Tin Drum Publishing – reprinted twice)
At this time only available in public libraries and as second hand, but I am working on getting them re-published, with new drawings and a fresh titel. Looking at the reviews, I think this book deserves it to find a new audience:
‘Brilliant for all princess-mad little girls’ – The Journal
‘Create four fantastic princess costumes and design your own tiara with this sweet book. It’s every little girl’s dream’ – OK! Magazine
‘This brilliant book tells you how to make four different princess costumes using easy to find everyday materials’ – Irish Post
‘I purchased this book about 1 week ago for my sister’s birthday. Since then she has not stopped wanting me to read it for her. She has picked out her favourite story, and we have got to the point where she now wants a princess costume for Christmas so that she can be the desert princess: Huppity. This is a great book, and the stories are very easy to understand. I absolutely recommend this to anyone with a child (or sibling) who loves to read’ – review on Amazon
A Dutch publishing house is currently reviewing the book for a possible republication with brand new drawings. Fingers crossed, because I’m sure the refreshed book could also do very well again abroad.