Heinz Janisch was born in Austria in 1960. He studied German Philology and Journalism at Vienna University. Since 1982 he has been making collaborations for radio and television programs from Austrian State Television Company. He has published numerous illustrated books, including poetry and prose, and obtained important awards. Among them, he has been awarded twice with the Austrian Children and Young Adults’ Literature Award, and on several occasions, with the Vienna Children’s Literature Prize In 2006, he was awarded with Bologna Ragazzi Award thanks to “Red Cheeks”, which has been published in Spain by Lóguez. He was also nominated for Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2010.
A little child’s declaration of love to his grandmother, who has symbolically trapped all in his world under her black kerchief…
A. Blau’s drawings underline the simplicity and wistfulness of the text, poetically showing the child’s feeling for her grandmother.
“And, in the end, a halo of beautiful mystery remains…” (Die Zeit).
“… this is a beautiful tale that is worth reading time and time again. Although it seems not much happens, we can find something new in it, something that makes as think and feel, each time we come back to it.” (SOL, Orientation to Readers Service).
Recommended by Club Kirico, from CEGAL.
Could you imagine something more beautiful than finding a white cloud in your bed? And what about something even funnier, like doing your homework with a gorilla? Or listening to the fish during the night? And, naturally, the most beautiful thing is to be able to tell and listen to these and other stories while you are sitting on a tree branch with your legs swaying.
Heinz Janisch makes us be spellbound by his short poetic stories about children’s endless fantasy and Isabel Pin captures that poetry with her pictures, in a unique, unmistakable way.
“I am sitting on the most beautiful tree in the world…”
“It is really important for me that children enjoy the books as gifts” (Heinz Janisch).
Austrian Award to the Best Children and Young Adults’s Book 2008
“… undoubtedly, poetic stories sometimes appear on the trees, and, specially, in picture books like this one.” (Die Zeit).
"Zas, poom!" it sounded when Segismund, a little nestling fell off his nest. Since then, he feels sad and he is a little different from the other birds. Eventually, Emilia, an old hare will help him to recover the joy for living.
A beautiful and touching story about disabilities.
“An optimistic, enjoyable to read, picture book, with a first-class layout, that deals with doors that close and other doors that, luckily, open. (Cuatrogatos, Children’s Literature Magazine).
“Beneath these bland colours there are lots of rich textures and shades that bring warmth to the full of movement pictures. Beyond a simple happy ending story we will find such a complex psychoanalysis session, through which the main character will eventually recognize himself and embrace his peculiarities, thanks to the help of a doctor hare and a couch” (Raquel López in Babar).
Is there anything more beautiful than having a grandfather who can tell the craziest stories, the smallest and biggest miracles and the most incredible andventures?
Red Cheeks have been honored with the Bologna Ragazzi Award 2006
Selected for the German Prize to the best Children’s book in 2006 (picture book).
“The exciting stories involving the grandfather and his grandson told by Heinz Janisch in a tender way, which are about childhood, happiness, love and red cheeks, are illustrated by Aljoscha Blau with beautiful drawings and wonderfully poetic colours, that make Red Cheeks… one of the most beautiful books, in which the text, the drawings and the edition make a perfect unit.” (Die Zeit).
“The magic conjunction among text, drawings and edition has resulted in this superb picture book with surrealistic and poetic views, that tells us, among many other things, about a beautiful relationship between a grandparent and his grandson, a relationship that even survives death.” (CLIJ, March, 2007).
21 short stories that could have happened to the Little Prince. Short episodes with a second reading, drawn by Wolf Erlbruch, who again proves his great skill in transferring the high questions of life to his drawings, in a way which is easily to understand both by children and adults.
Children and Young Adults Literature Autrian Award, 2009
“A beautiful and minimalistic picture book with short stories in a Koan zen way, starred by a king and full of metaphors and thoughts about human nature: power, man-nature relationship, Pride, Beauty…” (Babar Magazine).
“A small, wise book” (Die Zeit).
“The easy language depicted in drawings and texts allows both young and adult readers to think and reflect”. (Süddeutsche Zeitung).