I've always been there (Ik was er altijd al)

I've always been there (Ik was er altijd al)

Author: Siska Goeminne
Illustrator: Riske Lemmens

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SKU: 9789462911673

- Moving text and illustrations
- About imagination and birth
- Special birth-gift for a second baby

A child imagines where he was before he was born.

Where was I, when mum was still a little girl? Timon would like to know. ‘You weren’t there yet,’ mum says. That’s not true! Maybe he lived all the way upstairs in mum’s house? Or he was hidden inside her belly, like a cheerful, little tadpole? He was the striped cat in the garden or a happy bird. He was there, but mum didn’t see him ... Timon is certain: he has always been there with mum.

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Rights sold: Chinese (complex)



‘A philosophical picture book in pastel-soft drawings. Full of love for life and for the people in this ever-continuing existence.’ (Kiddo, 2016)

‘Lovely, collage-like illustrations in soft, vague colours and lines, imagine Timon’s thoughts – and they are so convincing and enthralling that you believe, see and feel Timon. Author and illustrator have entered the boundless imagination of young children and haven’t lost track of reality in adding language and images to some philosophical questions about life. About searching and finding yourself at the same time, in it’s comforting wonderfulness a publication which deserves many readers.’ (Dutch libraries NBD Biblion, January 2017)

‘A result of subtle, mysterious illustrations […] They are somewhat nostalgic, but without pursuing the naïve comparison with bygone times.’ (Cutting Edge, November 2016)

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Language Rights sold Chinese (complex)
Variety picturebook
Themes family planning, birth, philosophy
Age 5+
Number of pages 32 pages
Format 30 x 21,5 cm
Design hardcover
Published since 15/09/2016
NUR code 273
Author Siska Goeminne
Illustrator Riske Lemmens
ISBN Number 9789462911673