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TED VAN LIESHOUT & PHILIP HOPMAN  | PICTURE BOOKS | 32 PAGES | AGES 3 AND UP

DUTCH TITLE: BOER BORIS


freddietractorFreddie is just a tiny tot, but he lives on a farm and drives the tractor like an expert. With his animals all around him, he experiences all kinds of little rhyming adventures, which author and poet Ted van Lieshout has captured in a rhythm that’s great fun to read aloud. This appealing little farmer has quickly become the protagonist of a popular series, with the fifth book currently in production. Van Lieshout works closely together with illustrator Philip Hopman, who has constructed Freddie’s world in gentle watercolours and bright acrylics. He has illustrated the stories with a great deal of attention to composition and perspective, and his fluid lines and amusing details ensure that his illustrations will appeal to the youngest reader.

 

Besides from the commercial success, the series has attracted much critical acclaim and has won many prizes.  In 2014, Farmer Freddie was chosen as one of the national Top 10 Picture Books. That same year, the third book in the series, Farmer Freddie in the Snow, received an Honourary Mention from the Silver Slate Pencil-jury. And the second book in the series, Farmer Freddie at the Seaside, has been chosen as national Picture Book of the Year 2015.

 

English translations are available.

 

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Ted van Lieshout (1955) writes prose and poetry for children and adults, and has illustrated much his own work. His children’s books have received many awards, including the prestigious Theo Thijssen Prize for his complete oeuvre.philip In 2014, Van Lieshout was nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the jury praising his original, visually oriented writing style and the dynamics between word and image in his work.

 

Philip Hopman (1961) is one of the Netherlands’ most famous children’s book illustrators, being known as “the artist who can draw anything” – including farmers, horses, agricultural machinery, and so much more besides. His picture books have been translated into many languages.