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Creator / Janosch

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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 waterfowl with a tiger's stripes that has become iconic and is intrinsically tied to his name. One shouldn't remind the creator of it, though.

Janosch's books, beloved by children and adults alike, may sometimes invoke What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?; 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:

  • Hard Truth Aesop: While there is usually some kind of moral to the stories, they may not always be congruent to the expectations of an ordinary audience.
  • Ingesting Knowledge: One story is about a family of mice whose son becomes smart by eating books.