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Between Heaven and Earth – Raisin Picker – Germany #NoFilter – Current information from and about Germany

Between Heaven and Earth – Raisin Picker – Germany #NoFilter – Current information from and about Germany
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Between Heaven and Earth – Raisin Picker – Germany #NoFilter – Current information from and about Germany


Zipfel / Heinrich / Schulz: Bosco turnip races all year round
© Piggyback at Mairisch Verlag

Narrated by Dita Zipfel and Finn-Ole Heinrich Bosco turnip plants throughout the year from the everyday life of a little boy – with scenes from the Berlin urban family Rübe and from Bosco’s kindergarten. He’s an unusually creative three-year-old, but he has parents who can handle it. In the funny and crazy story book, the colorful drawings of the illustrator Tina Schulz very energetically underline the individual scenes. Enter Christine Knödler Süddeutsche Zeitung to conclude that this children’s book will enchant adults as well. through which? For example, through individual puns. From fragile leaves it becomes “creeper fragile”. In that word “is the rarity of the brocade, the sweetness of the fragile, the magic of storytelling and the magic of books like this”.

God as Dictator


Boie: Gangsters have to be smart
© Oetinger

In Kirsten Boie’s new children’s book, Gangsters have to be smart. Thriller with the daughter of a real billionaire, Jamie-Lee and Valentin take turns narrating how they and their friends Mesut and Fee solve a burglary at Fee’s villa. As always with Kirsten Boie, the story is told in an exciting way, interspersed with good portraits of children and realistic everyday life. For Kirsten Kumschlies z kinderundjugendmedien.de Boie managed to create another “children’s literary model”: “She still manages to follow contemporary childhood and reflect it in literature – if she operates with clichés and stereotypes, then it serves the exuberant comedy that carries the text.”


Lewinsky: Holly in Heaven
© Diogenes

“An announcement blares over the loudspeaker: Attention all newly deceased on the 8 and 18, please go to station D. Your bus leaves in a few minutes.” Holly crossed the street and ended up in the middle realm of heaven. The girl finds a friend to help her understand what’s going on as all the deceased are taken by bus to the rooms where they will find the life they always wanted for eternity. But Holly wants to go back to her family to say goodbye. However, this is only possible if one is an angel and previously attended an angelic school, because the angels in heaven are ruled by a dictator. The dramatic part of the plot begins with several satirical references to current problems on Earth. In a kind of technique of literary montage, Micha Lewinsky switches to Holly in heaven, sometimes with comical interludes, back and forth between heaven and earth, until a happy ending with the help of a resistance band of angels. Despite the gravity of the subject matter, the story is told “with slapstick and humor, with excitement and surprise,” says Roswitha Budeus-Budde Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Artificial intelligence and ghosts


Alsatian: Arti – programmed for friendship
© Hanser

Jessy had to witness the internet being simply shut down in a major crash. Now, in this high-tech world, every person has a reserved and strictly guarded amount of internet time. Lifetime is determined by electrical household appliances. They are programmed to control everything and pass it on to their producers. When Jessy was given an android for her 11th birthday to accompany and watch her everywhere at her mother’s request, he soon became her companion. Contrary to its programming, the android develops human feelings – and is in great danger of being shut down. Arti – programmed for friendship by Tobias Elsässer is a cleverly told and exciting story about the possibilities of artificial intelligence.


Rahlff / Grubing: SpooKI.  There is no such thing as giving up the ghost
©Carlsen

His family are lovable ghosts: father, mother, dog and quirky grandfather. But Robert is a person who was adopted as a baby. The collision with real school life and the everyday life of a fantasy family brings with it a lot of funny situations, but also the danger that the ghost family will be discovered. The administrator already keeps track of who and what these parents are. Fortunately, the new student is a master of computer technology and thus a great help. Ruth Rahlff is with me SpooKI. There is no such thing as giving up the ghost managed to write an unusually funny and exciting ghost story, in which artificial intelligence is also a topic, as the title already suggests. “It also attracts boys who are lazy to read,” says Lena Bodewein GDR.
 


cherry picker
© Goethe-Institut / Illustration: Tobias Wardrobe

Kirsten Boie: Gangsters have to be smart. Thriller with the daughter of a real billionaire
Hamburg: Oetinger 2022. 316 p.
ISBN: 978-3-7512-0003-5 (from 9 years)

Tobias Elsässer: Arti – programmed for friendship
Munich: Hanser 2022. 266 p.
ISBN: 978-3-446-27425-9 (from 9 years)

Micha Lewinsky: Holly in Heaven
Zurich: Diogenes 2022. 269 p.
ISBN: 978-3-257-01306-1 (from 10 years)
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Ruth Rahlff / Timo Grubing (Ill.): SpooKI. There is no such thing as giving up the ghost
Carlsen 2022. 315 p.
ISBN: 978-3-551-65521-9 (from 9 years)

Dita Zipfel & Finn-Ole Heinrich / Tine Schulz (Ill.): Bosco Rübe races throughout the year
Hamburg: Piggyback in Mairisch Verlag, 2022. 78 p.
ISBN: 978-3-948722-21-0 (read-aloud for all ages 3 and up)

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