Catharina Valckx was born in 1957 in The Netherlands but moved to France when she was young and lived in a small village in the suburbs of Paris with her four sisters. For many years she worked as an artist before starting to create her own picture books for children after the birth of her son. Since 1997 she has written over 30 books for children including the very funny Bruno which brings us days in the life of a quirky cat called Bruno. Soon to be published in summer 2019 by Gecko Press is her book Zanzibar, which is an uplifting, warm hearted story about a crow who proves that you can move mountains if you really believe in yourself. In 2011 she was nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.
I’ve always seen the picturebook as an entity: the story and the pictures. As I write, I see the pictures before me like a film. And of course I write about the things I enjoy drawing.
- Nomination for The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award
- Nominated for the Book Lion 2016
- The Nanterre Young Reader Award
Praise for Bruno
This surreal yet sincere French import is one of the more interesting books in my life so far.
Did you know…
Catharina Valckx was twelve when they set foot on the moon for the first time
She is Dutch but grew up near Paris and finds it easier to write in French than in Dutch.
She once made a film starring a real pig with music by Bach!