ROTFUCHS

The Publishing House and its History

Rotfuchs is one of the first and most renowned children's and YA book programmes in the German-speaking world. Founded in 1972 by Uwe Wandrey, the eye-catching white paperbacks with the fox comic on the back stood for committed, contemporary literature that children and young people loved to read. Many titles found their way into school reading, including "Wir warten auf den Gurkenkönig" by Christine Nöstlinger or "Papa, was ist ein Fremder" by Tahar Ben Jelloun. In its now 50-year history, Rotfuchs has published a large number of bestsellers and award-winning titles. Our best-known brands include "Bobo Siebenschläfer" by Markus Osterwalder and "Der kleine Vampir" by Angela Sommer-Bodenburg.

Program

Today, Rotfuchs offers a cheerful and colourful list of children's books as well as ambitious, engaging YA books, ranging from cardboard picture books to high literature.

Authors and Illustrators

Our authors include Elizabeth Acevedo, Rüdiger Bertram, Simon Farnaby, Franziska Gehm, Kerstin Gulden, Sarah Jäger, Philip Kerr, Sabine Ludwig, Holly-Jane Rahlens and David Walliams. Our Illustrators include Dorothée Böhlke, Julia Christians, Nina Dulleck, Anke Faust, Amelie Glienke, Anke Kuhl, Marine Ludin, Lea Melcher, Tony Ross, Annabelle von Sperber and Miriam Zedelius.

Current awards

  • Leipziger Lesekompass 2022 – Lev Grossman: Der Silberpfeil
  • Manfred-Mai-Preis für Kinderliteratur 2022 – Katja Reiders: Cool in 10 Tagen
  • Kranichsteiner Jugendliteratur-Stipendien 2021 – Sarah Jäger: Nach vorn, nach Süden
  • Leipziger Lesekompass 2021 – Linn Skåber: Being young - Uns gehört die Welt
  • Oldenburger Kinder- und Jugendbuchpreis 2021 – Kerstin Gulden:Fair Play
  • KIMI Kinderbuchsiegel 2020 – Sarah Jäger: Nach vorn, nach Süden
  • KIMI Kinderbuchsiegel 2020 – Linn Skåber: Being Young: Uns gehört die Welt

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Beaver & Quaaks. Quaaks Sets Off.

  • Regina Schwarz
  • Illustrated by Uta Bettzieche
  • Spring 2022, 32 pages, 21.0 x 28.0 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 3+
  • All rights available
  • Website

A picture book on the theme of courage.
Great rhymes full of wordplay and warm-heartedness.

Mr Beaver has sent an invitation! But it’s a real challenge for the duck Quaaks to make his way across the river to see Mr Beaver because Quaaks can’t swim! Hare and Mouse Rosina help with a hoop, a board and an aqua noodle, but Quaaks just can’t get the hang of it. He is almost ready to give up getting to the party, but his friends are not! And indeed: with their help, Quaaks soon figures it out and off he swims across the river …

Jolly Lotta

  • Lea Melcher
  • Illustrated by Lea Melcher
  • Spring 2022, 32 pages, 21.0 x 28.0 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Always jolly with Lotta!

An inventive story about courage, friendship and the search for something special.

Lotta is a superhero. She is quite sure of that. She even has a costume. But a real superhero needs a superpower to help other people. What might Lotta’s special power be? Maybe she can fly? Or make herself invisible? Or is it something else completely …

Pippa in Paris (Vol. 1)

  • Kristina Kreuzer
  • Illustrated by Marine Ludin
  • Spring 2022, 160 pages, 14.0 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 7+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Pippa has something really great planned: a weekend in Paris with her family! Lots of things happen on such a trip: Daddy ordered very strange dishes in the restaurant, even though his French is sooo good, and on the very first evening, her brother Nick met a French princess. The big question is: Will Pippa really dare to attend the painting course in the Louvre Museum all by herself? She really wants to become an artist, but sometimes you have to be pretty brave to do so.
Explore a different city in each volume! With a city map and recipes in each volume.

The Wonderful Florentine Feelgood. Wish Seldom Comes Alone (Vol. 1)

  • Uli Leistenschneider
  • Illustrated by Nina Dulleck
  • Spring 2022, 160 pages, 14.0 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 8+
  • All rights available
  • Website

In the small town of Forest Hill, most of the inhabitants are very happy and it’s safe to say that this is down to the wonderful Florentine Feelgood! She has made it her business to fulfil heartfelt wishes and solve problems as best she can, especially for the children living in the town. The children hang their wishes on the branches of Florentine’s apple tree in her back garden – this way she knows where her help is urgently needed. The tree is also home to the trusting robin Peep, who actively helps Florentine in her tasks. In each volume, Florentine fulfils small and large wishes in her unconventional manner. And when she has once again managed to make everyone happy, Florentine fires up the old crêpe oven in her back garden and invites everyone round to celebrate.

Lowinda Dandelion and the Magical Garden (Vol.1)

  • Marikka Pfeiffer
  • Illustrated by Miriam Koch
  • Spring 2022, 144 pages, 14.0 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 8+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Paula and Luke can hardly believe it! Not only are they the only children in the school gardening group, but the plot of land is completely overgrown! They would really like to get rid of their teacher Mr Peartree, but then they meet the flower fairy Lowinda Dandelion and discover that the school garden is home to many magical creatures. Instead of weeding, the two of them do everything they can to maintain the magic of the garden. And that turns out to be very challenging because Mr Peartree has suddenly disappeared off the face of the earth, and the new teacher, Mrs Curser, hates weeds. Might Paula and Luke’s dandelion wish have anything to do with Mr Peartree’s disappearance? Lowinda, Paula and Luke have to undo the magic as quickly as possible …

Once Upon A Future – Tales from a Distant World

  • Holly-Jane Rahlens
  • Illustrated by 10 young illustrators
  • Spring 2022, 272 pages,
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 13+
  • All rights available
  • Website

What a pleasure to read! What fun!
Holly-Jane Rahlens unleashes all her expertise and creativity with each of these highly original fairy tale retellings. Whether it be Cinderella, Rapunzel or Little Red Riding Hood, she skillfully teases the essence out of each tale, reimagining it with an intriguing, futuristic perspective.
hese are stories of subtle humor, emotional truth and inventive spirit, yet each one is defined by its own style, genre and narrator, whether it be a diary, a short story, screen play, or blog. And remarkably, right before our eyes, a complex but heartening future world emerges that will resonate with readers of all ages.
An innovative fairy tale collection for lovers of storytelling everywhere!

The Pearl Thief

  • Axel Scheffler & Rosa Scheffler
  • Illustrated by Axel Scheffler
  • Autumn 2019, 80 pages, 19 x 20 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 5 +
  • Rights sold to the Netherlands, English world

When Peacock employs the little chicken in his shop, he’s blissfully unaware of the chaos that’s about to ensue: a royal visit, petty theft, a hunt for a robber and a sudden burst of glamour and fame in the morning! And there’s a radiant happy end for the chicken, too.
Accompanying the book is a set of embroidery instructions for children by Rosa Scheffler to recreate pearl brooches from the story.

Forward, to the South

  • Sarah Jäger
  • Spring 2020, 224 pages,
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 14+
  • All rights available

In the backyard of the local supermarket, you get your name whether you like it or not. If you are lucky, you will be ennobled with an “ours”, just like our Pavel. Or you are unlucky Like “duck ass”. She got her name from Jo, who disappeared months ago. Marie, his ex-girlfriend decides to find out what happend. Together with her and Can, who never stops talking, “duck ass”, who’s the only one with a driver licence, hits the road. The search for Jo develops into a wild summer trip through roaring hot July days. Without a plan, without air conditioning, further and further south.

The Mystery of Ainsley Castle

  • Holly-Jane Rahlens
  • March 2020, 320 pages,
  • Age 12+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Lizzy and her father have just moved far north to her future stepmother’s hotel. It's on a rainy and secluded island with little to recommend except a sleepy, quaint town and the ruins of an ancient castle. One day, mysterious emails land in Lizzy’s account. Someone knows exactly who she is, what she’s doing – and even what she’s thinking! Then a young girl called Betty – her exact double! – appears on the scene. There’s no doubt in Lizzy’s mind that something really weird is going on. Lizzy, Betty, and their friend Mack go on a journey to unravel the mystery of Ainsley Castle, only to discover that they are characters in a soon-to-be completed book. Even worse: the author intends to delete Lizzy’s character and replace her with Betty! Can Lizzy and her world be saved?

The Heart of Time: The Invisible City (Vol. I)

  • Monika Peez
  • February 2019, 432 pages,
  • Age 12+
  • Rights sold to Czech Republic, Italy, Poland, Romania, Russia, Ukraine
  • Website

What would today look like if you could change the past?

"That girl has a very active imagination. Too active, if you ask me." Lena can't count the number of days she's heard Auntie Sonja say that. She's lived with her aunt for as long as she can remember, along with her two younger cousins. But she feels like a stranger in the heart of this family.

Her best friend Bobbie says that all 15-year-olds have that feeling sometimes. But Lena is convinced there's more to it. She was only four when her parents died. But the accident is never spoken about in the family.

Lena's suspicions are borne out when she finds a mysterious clock among her parent's old things. By accident, she activates the timepiece's mechanism, calling forth enigmatic friends and powerful enemies. Far away, in a place not of this world, a boy takes notice of her: Dante.

Lena is fascinated by Dante, who seems to have magical powers. And the key to her heart. They team up and journey to Dante's home, an invisible city. But who is Dante? And what does he have to do with her parents' deadly accident?

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Contact

Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

Kirchenallee 19
20099 Hamburg

Germany

Phone +49 (0)40 72 72-0

rotfuchs@rowohlt.de
www.rowohlt.de

Contact Person

Publisher Nicola Bartels

Program Director Christiane Steen (-313)

Public Relations Hanna Biresch (-412)
Hanna.Biresch@rowohlt.de

Events Bettina Schalk (-217)
Bettina.Schalk@rowohlt.de

Marketing Julia Reimer (-416

Production Florian Enns (-373)

Foreign Rights Nathalie Wittfoth (-364)