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[-''Die Ente schießt mit etwas Schrot den Entenjäger etwas tot.''-]\\
([-The duck shoots with a bit of lead the duck hunter a bit dead.-])

Janosch (a.k.a. Horst Eckert, born March 11, 1931) is a German writer and illustrator, who became famous for his children's books (the little bear and little tiger stories, for example). While his work includes a few novels for adults, it is a certain [[http://www.mtholyoke.edu/courses/dvanhand/jugendliteratur/froschkoenig/tigerente.gif waterfowl with a tiger's stripes]] that has become iconic and is intrinsically tied to his name. One [[CreatorBacklash shouldn't remind the creator of it]], though.

Janosch's books, beloved by children and adults alike, may sometimes invoke WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids; for the illustrations are not limited to the children's books and may turn out to be quite graphic.

Several of the stories have been adapted for a tv-series called "Janoschs Traumstunde" (Janosch's dream hour).

!!Tropes in his works:

* AllTakeAndNoGive: In one lesser-known story about a donkey falling in love with an owl. (With the donkey being the giver, and the owl being the taker.) Does he want to suggest that men in love should act like that?! Now that's a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop.
* AnAesop: While there is usually some kind of moral to the stories it may not always be congruent to the expectations of an ordinary audience.
* ArcWords: "Und jetzt kommt der große, dicke Waldbär."
** which is to say, ''"And now comes the big, fat Forest Bear."''
* GermanHumor
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Little Tiger and little Bear.
* IngestingKnowledge: One story is about a family of mice whose son becomes smart by eating books.
* NonIronicClown
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: The tiger duck.