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Penselen & Paletten, Amsterdam

Very nice news again from our dearest northern neighbours…


After the ‘Boekenpauw’ & the ‘Silver Palette’ before summer, a professional jury assigned the Dutch version of our funniest ABC an upgrade to Gold for the ‘most beautifully illustrated foreign book’. (They finally found that magical formula generations of wizards have been looking for!)



No wonder we look genuinely happy on Chris Van Hauts ‘official’ pictures: the whole ceremony took place at the famous Rijksmuseum and that’s exactly where some of my letters will remain…


… next to timeless masterpieces & originals  of – amongst others – Gouden Penseel winner & ex Playboy -illustrator!- colleague Sylvia Weve (co-opening the show on the picture above) and fellow Belgian & Silver Palette winner Gerda Dendooven. Until Dec 10th 2013, at ground level, between the vestiaire & the bathrooms ;-)



Here you can find us still chatting with another fine Dutch colleague Sieb Posthuma, my friend-writer Frans Lasès & other lovely people from Holland… Did I already say we were really really happy?


And here’s what ‘De Vlokskrant’ wrote the day after (still a long way to go in Holland – starting from ‘scratch’,, I’d say – but hey, every decent drum kit has at least 2 toms ;-))

Volkskrant uitreiking 25 sept13

PS In De Standaard won ik de volgende dag zelfs het Penseel en ook in Nederland staan die paletten nog niet écht schérp op de ‘perskaart’, maar gelukkig is cobra.be steeds een bijzonder betrouwbare bron. Check vooral het filmpje met een springende Barbara Rottiers bij ons thuis op de trampoline. (Ikzelf werd diezelfde dag nog doodziek op de fiets naar zee en gaf op in Gent :-()