Silver Slate Pencil Award

June 22 | 2023


Some wonderful news: Madame Petrova's Fortune Cards has just won a Zilveren griffel (Silver Slate Pencil Award)
Some quotes from the jury report:
Madame Petrova's Fortune Cards not only takes you through lovely woods and enchanting countryside; it is also a journey through the beauties of language. That makes this book a real treat. Almost every sentence is a gem, the descriptions are are picture perfect and Hof's choice of detail is pertinent and apt throughout - her style is no less than masterful. She knows how to hold back and excite at the same time.The narration - ever so carefully unspooled - is both moving and timeless, but above all it is the unique atmosphere that gives Madame Petrova's Fortune Cards the allure of a true classic. You want to keep on reading and reading, the story must not stop.


Madame Petrova's Fortune Cards

July 07 | 2022


Madame Petrova's Fortune Cards (De kaarten van madame Petrova) is the sequel to Spoon Carver (Lepelsnijder). The novel will be published by Querido children's books and should be available in Dutch bookshops by the second half of October. As before Annette Fienieg will take care of both illustrations and cover design.


Growing old, staying young

July 04 | 2022


Rules of Three (De regels van drie) is the 2022 choice for Nederland Leest Junior, a national campaign which aims to have a particular book or theme discussed by large groups of readers. This year's theme is Growing old, staying young. It means nearly a hundred thousand copies of Rules of Three will reach 8-14 year-olds.
In the adult category a book by Yvonne Keuls was selected: Mevrouw mijn moeder.


A treasury of stories, poems and illustrations

May 22 | 2022


To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of its children's literature fund Querido publishers have published a huge treasury of stories, poems and illustrations. My story Dingendag is to be found there (illustrated by Judith ten Bosch), besides an excerpt from Against the Odds (Een kleine kans).
What a marvellous book it has turned out to be!