Book Size: 8.5" x 11"

Pages: 48

Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781623719715

Imprint: Crocodile Books

Edition: 1

Illustrated by: Peter Knorr

Illustrations: full-color illustrations

Ages: 8+

Release date: Fall 2018

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The Storyteller of Damascus

By • Illustrated by Peter Knorr

$ 18.95

KIRKUS REVIEWS BEST CHILDREN’S BOOK 2018

“A highly humorous book about tradition in changing times, bravery, and love… A writing, translation, and illustration masterpiece. (Picture book. 8-12).” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

About this book

An authentic taste of the old Damascene tradition of storytelling that will inspire children's imagination.

An old storyteller roams through the old quarter of Damascus. For only one piaster, he offers to show the children the wonders of the world. The children look through the peepholes of his magic box, which he carries on his back from one neighborhood to the next. There they see and hear the love story of Sami, the shepherd boy, and the beautiful Leyla. But over time, the story changes" pictures inside the wonder box become old and start to fade away, replaced by cutouts from recent advertisements.

A stunningly-illustrated children's book filled with love, intrigue, courage, loyalty, and the sounds and smells of old Damascus.

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About the authors

Rafik Schami was born in Damascus in 1946, went to Germany in 1971 to study, and stayed on to become a leading German novelist and a pivotal figure in the European migrant literature movement. His novels have been translated into 22 languages and have received numerous international literary awards including the Hermann Hesse Prize.

His translated works published by Interlink include Damascus Nights, The Calligrapher’s Secret, A Hand Full of Stars, Sophia, and The Dark Side of Love, which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was a 2010 Winner of the Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal.

Peter Knorr is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer living in Nierstein am Rhein, Germany. He illustrated numerous award-winning children's books for various German publishers, including works by authors such as Erich Kästner, Kirsten Boie and Paul Maar. He is also an illustrator for the ZDF children's series “Siebenstein.” His work has been honored by the German Book Art Foundation.

Reviews

“A highly humorous book about tradition in changing times, bravery, and love… A writing, translation, and illustration masterpiece. (Picture book. 8-12).” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Rich, detailed art by Knorr showcases the story’s marked evolution and the storyteller’s magical box as Schami invites readers to explore the power of storytelling and change in this artful picture book. Ages 6–9.” — Publishers Weekly

“You will want to share the story with many readers!” – Die Zeit

“Like a play of life with highly dramatic, poetic, as well as funny scenes; greatly translated into images.” – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

About the Author

Peter Knorr is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer living in Nierstein am Rhein, Germany. He illustrated numerous award-winning children’s books for various German publishers, including works by authors such as Erich Kästner, Kirsten Boie and Paul Maar. He is also an illustrator for the ZDF children’s series “Siebenstein.” His work has been honored by the German Book Art Foundation.

Additional information

Author

Schami , Rafik

Edition

1

Inprint

Crocodile Books

Pages

48

Type

HB

Illustrator

Knorr , Peter

Illustrations

full-color illustrations

Age

Ages 5-8

Release date

Fall 2018

Author Home

Germany

Format

8"å_"å x 11"å

Reviews

"You will want to share the story with many readers!" – Die Zeit
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"Like a play of life with highly dramatic, poetic, as well as funny scenes; greatly translated into images."å – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

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"You will want to share the story with many readers!" – Die Zeit

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