Haut les pattes!
The first book with Billy the hamster and Jean-Claude, the wurm.
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 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