The Fantastic Adventures of Baron Munchausen

The Fantastic Adventures of Baron Munchausen

By Heinz Janisch; Aljoscha Blau (Illustrator); Belinda Cooper (Translator)

Enchanted Lion Books, Hardcover, 9781592700912, 32pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2010


A gorgeous collection of Munchausen tales by an award-winning master storyteller and an enormously talented illustrator.

About the Author
Heinz Janisch was born in Austria in 1960 in Gussing, Austria and studied German literature in Vienna. He has published numerous books, including many children's titles, which have been translated into more than twelve languages. He was nominated for the 2009 Lindgren Memorial Award and the 2010 Hans Christian Andersen Award. In 2008, he received the Austrian Picture Book Award. Heinz Janisch lives with his family in Vienna and in Burgenland.

Aljoscha Blau was born in 1972 in St.Petersburg and has been living in Germany since 1990. He studied art in Hamburg, has received several awards and has exhibited his works in Paris, New York, Hamburg and Bologna. He lives in Berlin with his wife and two children.

Belinda Cooper is a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute in New York and an adjunct professor at New York University's Center for Global Affairs and Columbia University's Institute for the Study of Human Rights. She has written for a wide variety of publications in German and English and has translated German scholarly books and articles for twenty-five years.

Praise For The Fantastic Adventures of Baron Munchausen

LMC Library Media Connection Starred Review

"Children with a romantic streak will be taken both with the Baron and his courtly fictions and by Blau's misty, stately portraits." - Publishers Weekly

"Each quick tale is told in a merry, unadorned fashion on one page, faced by an off-kilter painting by Blau on the other. Well matched to the stories, the scenes feature a jaunty Munchausen stoically going about his outrageous feats in dreamlike compositions that own much to the spacious weirdness of Dali." - Booklist

"These lighthearted, fantastical tales are greatly magnified in their imaginative impact by the delicate, mysterious illustrations, all with more than a touch of whimsey. [...] The Fantastic Adventures of Baron Munchausen is a collections sure to delight and mystify children of all ages, along with their parents and teachers." - The Midwest Book Review

"This newest picture book version captures these delightfully fantastical stories with illustrations which will ignite the imagination. [...] These stories are an important component of children's literature which no library should be without; many will be wise to update the aging collections on their shelves with this one to make the stories more accessible to current readers." -

"These European stories will add a new dimension to your instruction on exaggeration and tall tales." - Gail Dent, Tucson Unified School District