Gijs van der Hammen

Gijs van der Hammen was born in The Netherlands in 1974. He studied Dutch literature at the University of Amsterdam. Now Gijs writes both stories and poems for children and he also develops websites. Little Wise Wolf, published by Book Island, is his first book published in the UK. It’s a wonderful story about how a little wolf, engrossed in learning, slowly comes to realise that the world outside his books is just as important as the world in his books.

Praise for Little Wise Wolf

An original book, brilliant for those who enjoy stories about a journey - Little Wise Wolf undertakes a journey both physically and morally and needs a little help from his friends for both parts. We loved the unfolding of the plot, the muted colours of the illustrations that span each double-page spread and the intriguing journey maps in the endpapers.

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Did you know…

  • Gijs van der Hammen met his partner, Hanneke Seimensma , when they were both studying Dutch literature in Amsterdam. They both share a passion for stories and pictures.

  • Gijs has been writing stories for as long as he can remember! His poems have been published in children’s poetry books and magazines.

  • Gijs lives with Hanneke in Haarlem in Holland. They have two children and live in a nice house, but they don't have a cat!

Performing in 2019!

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