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Letters to Anyone and Everyone

In Children's books on November 23, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Letters to Anyone and Everyone - Toon Tellegen

In his philosophical animal tales, Toon Tellegen creates surreal stories and charming characters that will capture the imaginations of readers everywhere. Perfectly complemented by Jessica Ahlberg’s delicate illustrations, the collections of short stories is intelligent, moving and funny. Toon Tellegen has been writing his animal stories since 1984, each about two pages long and unique in their kind: written in a simple, yet sparkling tone, they are hidden gems that, once discovered, exert an irresistible attraction. His stories generated a body of enthusiastic readers of all ages and won all major prizes for children’s literature. They tell of Squirrel, Ant, Elephant and all their fellow creatures, whose lives glide along, apparently without meaning, in an impossible biotope: in Tellegen’s forest of animals all of the creatures have the same size and strength and each is the only one of its kind. Everything and everyone lives together in harmony. Everything is possible and there are no obligations.

Three collections of Animal stories are translated by Martin Cleaver, published by Boxer BooksLetters to Anyone and Everyone (Winner of The Marsh Award 2010 for the best book in translation); The Squirrel’s Birthday and Other Parties and Far Away Across the Sea

“Toon Tellegen’s ‘The Squirrel’s Birthday and Other Parties’ and ‘Letters to Anyone and Everyone’ are, quite simply, two of the loveliest and most charming collections of stories I have EVER had the pleasure of reading.” — Alison Morris, Publishers Weekly

On the publishers website you can also listen to a conversation between Toon Tellegen and Jessica Ahlberg.

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