Books by Kerstin Meyer

THE PIRATE PIG by Cornelia Funke
by Cornelia Funke, illustrated by Kerstin Meyer, translated by Oliver Latsch
Released: June 23, 2015

"A nifty high-seas caper for chapter-book readers with a love of adventure and a yearning for treasure. (Adventure. 7-9)"
It's not truffles but doubloons that tickle this porcine wayfarer's fancy. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Training wheels for Funke's future fans. (Fantasy. 7-9)"
Emma and her dog, Tristan, steal down to the moonlit sea for some quiet time and find a mysterious bottle bobbing on the waves; inside, of course, is a genie. Read full book review >
PRINCESS PIGSTY by Cornelia Funke
Released: April 1, 2007

This author/illustrator team once again embarks upon a tale of an obstreperous princess. Life is boring for Princess Isabella. She's tired of fancy dresses, having someone else blow her nose and smiling for hours on end. Enough—she chucks her crown out the window where it lands in the fishpond. When she refuses to retrieve it, her father the King punishes her by sending her to the pigsty. Surprise! Isabella is happy as, well, "a pig in mud!" She scratches the pigs' bristly hides, feeds them and cleans out the sty. The backfire works; the King caves, fishes out her crown and consents to letting her do as she wishes. Sketchy cartoon illustrations ham up the humor, and kids will be rooting for the princess. Occasionally, bold type helps to emphasize words and bring the text to life: "crumbs, scratch, boring, yuckety yuck, pigsty," and, of course, "stink" stand out on the page. A plucky princess in yucky muck is good and dirty fun. (Picture book. 4-7)Read full book review >
AN ELK DROPPED IN by Andreas Steinhöfel
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

When Mr. Moose, Santa's sled tester, crashes through the roof of the Webster home shortly before Christmas, it guarantees an unusual holiday season. Mr. Moose has a broken ankle and is going to stay with Billy, his sister Kiki and their mother until it has mended. In the meantime, the Websters have their hands full with unusual dinners, meddlesome neighbors, unearthly travels and unexpected visitors. Gradually, the family comes to love Mr. Moose, and when Santa arrives to fetch him, the children's visiting grandmother postpones the inevitable by serving Santa some alcoholic holiday cheer. Finally, though, it's time for Mr. Moose to say goodbye. Billy is particularly reluctant to see him go, but with Mr. Moose's clout, Billy's Christmas wish for his separated parents to reunite just might come true. The attractive overall design and the appealing nature of the sophisticated cartoon-like illustrations perk up this holiday offering. Unfortunately, the ending is rather saccharine, and asides clearly directed at grownups interrupt the flow of the story. A holiday offering most suited for an adult audience. (Fiction. 7-10, adult)Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2006

Funke and Meyer deliver a third collaboration featuring a feisty, imaginative kid. This time, it's Ben (mostly tolerated and occasionally abetted by his older sister Anna), whose powerful fantasies fuel his raucous play. Whether he's a wolf, knight, monster or himself (defending the household from human and beastly intruders), Ben is one busy boy. "Yes, Ben really has to fight quite a lot," the wry narrator intones, "All day long, in fact. His muscles have already grown big from it all." In Meyer's accompanying spread, Ben's in the garden, whomping three substantial grizzlies into submission as sidelined pet guinea pigs cheer. On the facing page, a pale, intent Ben admires his puffed-up physique in the mirror as Anna peeks and giggles. Play's hard work, and Ben's imagination and physicality leave him exhausted by bedtime. Nighttime scares him: The house's heating sounds like "a thousand biting beetles." In a soothing role reversal, trusty Anna protects Ben now, as he crawls into her bed for some much-needed sleep. Kudos for celebrating the exciting fantasy play of boys. (Picture book. 4-7)Read full book review >
PIRATE GIRL by Cornelia Funke
by Cornelia Funke, illustrated by Kerstin Meyer, translated by Chantal Wright
Released: June 1, 2005

In this well-translated humorous turnabout from the author of The Princess Knight (2004), similar themes of female strength and empowerment come through protagonist, Molly, a little girl in her own sailboat who's kidnapped by pirates. Forced to peel potatoes, patch the sails and scrub the deck, Molly refuses to give her parents' names and address for a ransom note and cleverly outsmarts the ruffian Captain Firebeard and his fearsome crew. She secretly carries out a plan to communicate with her family through messages tucked into several empty bottles tossed into the sea. When her plan is discovered by mate Morgan O'Meany, and she's about to be fed to the sharks, the dreaded Barbarous Bertha, a pirate, who just happens to be Molly's mom, comes cruising in, surprising Captain Firebeard and his petrified bunch. Tables turned, the Firebeard buccaneers are now prisoners of their own game, scrubbing the deck and polishing Bertha's boots 14 times a week. Meyer's bright, droll mixed-media pen-and-ink paintings of bushy bearded, scruffy, pot-bellied males countered by a voluminous slightly grotesque matriarch with her buxom throng add to the amusing comeuppance. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2004

After training his three sons in the manly arts of jousting, sword-fighting, and giving orders, the King decides to treat his young (motherless) daughter the same way. Violetta's brothers tease her because she's little and laugh as she struggles to mount her horse while wearing heavy armor. Determined, she practices at night until she is better than her brothers, who stop calling her Itsy-Bitsy Little Vi. For her 16th birthday, the King holds a jousting tournament, offering Vi's hand in marriage to the winner. Vowing not to marry a dimwit in a tin suit, she disguises herself as Sir No-Name and defeats all the knights, declaring she will only marry one who can defeat her. Years later, she does marry—but not the expected knight. Horizontal illustration strips whimsically generate the action in soft colors against white backgrounds. The feisty heroine proves that determination can be mightier than the sword. Droll fun. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >