Nelius first sees them in the middle of the night: the butterflies. They fly around his head, one million of them. His parents tell him that it is time to start on his journey. Nelius follows the butterflies and meets many animals. Some of them are too young, but others are old enough to know what the butterflies mean. The butterflies guide him to the love of his life.
A story about growing up and falling in love, illustrated by the world-famous Carll Cneut
Themes: falling in love, growing up, elephant, butterfly
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Has won a Silver Pen 2008 (the Netherlands) and the 'Plantin-Moretus'-prize 2008 for its graphic design (Belgium)