Sara’s Invisible Brother
Sara’s Invisible Brother was the first picture book that was accepted for publication by a small, new American publisher. The story, which I illustrated myself, was inspired by my daughter Sara, who introduced our first-born child Jacob –who had died before he was born– as her invisible brother into our lives when she started Kindergarten. Jacob appeared on transparencies in between the pages.
The publisher was not able to follow through and the book was never published. I recently turned the drawings into a small animated film, narrated by Sara herself and set to music from Claude Debussy’s Children’s Corner.
Will You Carry Me?/Wil Je Me Dragen?
After a long morning in the park Thomas is too tired to walk home. But Mom knows a solution. How about jumping, swimming, flying or … running? Picture book, illustrated by Peter van Harmelen, published in Dutch by Zirkoon (2004) and in English by Kane & Miller (2005).
Chosen as one of the ten best picture books of 2004 in the Netherlands, and picked for the Book Sense ‘Children’s Picks List’, spring/summer 2005.
Goedemorgen, Meneer Stukjes/ Un Buongiorno Perfetto (Good Morning, Master Pieces)
When Master Pieces wakes up he always has to get himself together (literally!). Picture book, illustrated by Tijn Snoodijk, published by Zirkoon (Amsterdam, 2003) and in Italian by ZOOlibri as Un Buongiorno Perfetto (2006).
Tim Doet Het Niet (Out of Order)
Tim has been out of order all day. When he refuses to eat dinner his parents and sister decide to bring him ‘back to the store’. But that doesn’t work either. Picture book, illustrated by Peter van Harmelen, published by Zirkoon (Spring, 2005).