Letters to Anyone and Everyone by Toon Tellegen

Letters to Anyone and Everyone

Written by Toon Tellegen
Illustrated by Jessica Ahlberg

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Winner of the 2011 Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation [translated by Martin Cleaver].

Discover an extraordinary treasury of letters in this wonderful collection of short stories from Toon Tellegen and beautifully illustrated with Jessica Ahlberg’s delicate touch. Whether it’s a letter from Elephant to snail inviting him to dance or the squirrel’s letter to a table or the mole who writes letters to himself, you’re sure to find that the letters between all these animals and the world around them will capture the imagination of children and adults alike.

A sister book to this beautifully packaged little gift hardback is The Squirrel’s Birthday and other Parties and the eagerly awaited third one in the series, Far Away Across the Sea will be published in September 2011.

Of the win:

Martin Cleaver said “I am honoured to receive the Marsh Award and delighted at this recognition. It has always been my dream that English-speaking children and adults should be able to enjoy literature and films from other cultures and language areas. Subtitling and literature in translation has a major role to play in this.”

Publisher, David Bennett, expressed delight at the award and said “it is made all the more significant being a small, independent publisher, and being able to choose extraordinary texts - Toon’s work is a vault of gems.”

The shortlisted books for the Marsh Award in Translation 2011 were:

The Pasta Detectives by Andreas Steinhofel, translated from German by Chantal Wright

Letters to Anyone and Everyone by Toon Tellegen, translated from Dutch by Martin Cleaver

No and Me by Delphine de Vigan, translated from French by George Miller

David's Story by Stig Dalager, translated from Danish by Frances Osterfelt and Cheryl Robson


Letters to Anyone and Everyone by Toon Tellegen

Toon Tellegen conjures up a world where the creatures of the earth can send a letter to the sun (and get an answer); where you can actually write a letter to a letter; and where just writing something down can make it true.

Perfectly complemented by Jessica Ahlberg’s delicate illustrations, this collection of lyrical stories will captivate readers of all ages.


“Toon’s stories are beautifully told, quirky and delightful, with the warmth of the wonderful Pooh stories. They’re a joy!” Wendy Cooling, MBE, Founder of Bookstart

About the Author

Toon Tellegen

© Image: Klaas Koppe

Toon Tellegen, born in Den Briel in 1941, is considered one of Holland’s finest poets and his work has been awarded many literary prizes. He has published more than twenty collections to date. While he considers himself in the first place a poet, he is also a well-known children’s book writer, whose animal stories delight children and adults alike. In addition he has also written novels for adults and several plays. Tellegen works as a GP and lives in Amsterdam with his wife.

Translations of Tellegen’s poems have been published in reviews and anthologies in the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Portugal, Russia. His poetry has also been widely published in British and American journals, and has been very well received. One of Tellegen’s collections, In N.., was translated into English and published in 1993 by Cross-Cultural Communications in New York. A more recent collection of translations, About love and about nothing else, has just been completed and will hopefully find a publisher in the not too distant future.

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156 pages


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Boxer Books Limited

Publication date

3rd September 2009




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