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Paws up!    

The first book with Billy the hamster and Jean-Claude, the worm.
Billy’s father is a dangerous hamster villain. And he wants his son to be a villain too. But there’s a long way to go. “Billy, I’m afraid you’re too nice,” his father says. “You’re much too nice for a villain. But I’m going to teach you how to become a really dangerous hamster villain.” The first exercise is easy: you point your (unloaded) pistol at an animal and shout “Paws up!” in a deep villainous voice. How will Billy get on? And how can Jean-Claude put his paws up?
Age 4 and upward

2010  Publ. L'école des loisirs (F) - Gottmer (NL)
Original in French and Dutch

Translated into German, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Russian and Chinese

Plume of the Month April 
Children’s Bookstore Prize 
France Telecom prize center/west 
Selection Leipziger Lesekompass (Stiftung Lezen and Leipziger Buchmesse)
White Ravens Selection (Int. Youth Library) 
Beaker from bookstore Veenendaal, Amersfoort, NL
Nomination Bernard Vesele Prize, Belgium 

The ZDF (german TV) produced an animation film of “Paws up!” for the program Siebenstein in 2012.
Link: www.tivi.de/tiviVideos/beitrag/Pfoten+hoch!/1784490  and then: weiter zum video