New Kästner Books for Christmas
Erich Kästner is undoubtedly one of the most important and best loved children’s authors in the world. Already famous in the UK as the author of Emil and the Detectives, he has written numerous wonderful ‘novels for children’, and we are publishing new English translations of two of them this November: The Parent Trap, the story of twin girls separated at birth, which inspired two major Disney films starring Hayley Mills (in 1961) and Lindsay Lohan (in 1998); and The Flying Classroom, a very funny and touching Christmas tale set in a 1930s boys’ boarding school. These will be followed in Spring 2015 by Dot and Anton.
Our Kästner books have been newly translated from the German – with the generous support of the Goethe-Institut (which is funded by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs) – by Anthea Bell, the celebrated and award-winning translator who introduced millions of English-speaking readers to the joys of Asterix, and include the original illustrations by Walter Trier (the Quentin Blake to Kästner’s Roald Dahl).
Praise for Emil and the Detectives:
‘Groundbreaking… quite remarkable’ Michael Rosen
‘Marvellous’ Philip Pullman
‘A little masterpiece… Read it and you will be happy’ Maurice Sendak