Published by Querido, 2022

Illustrations by Piet Grobler

Rights sold to Japan

Splash, splash.
There goes Shoebill.
Wading through the water on his long stilts.

What kind of strange bird is that? His head seems as big as a whale’s, and his beak looks more like a shoe. The other birds mock him and say there’s nothing elegant about Shoebill. They prefer to look at themselves and to praise their own beauty.
Poor Shoebill! Just imagine people saying such mean things about you. Or could it be that the other birds have got the wrong idea about him?

A picture book about being mean and conceited – but mostly about the incredibly handsome shoe-billed stork!

View Izak de Vries’s conversation with Shoebill’s creators for below:

'A wonderful picture book about a very special bird.'

Friesch Dagblad

'Grobler and Akveld are a good match – they know exactly what a good read-aloud book needs.'

Susan Venings,

'A future favourite for pre-schoolers.'

Volkskrant reviewer Pjotr van Lenteren

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