A Selection of International Children's and Youth Literature

German / Switzerland

Pass auf mich auf!
(Take care of me!)

Pauli, Lorenz (text)
Zedelius, Miriam (illus.)
Zürich: Atlantis, 2015. – [28] p.
ISBN 978-3-7152-0693-6

Adult / Child – Play – Fun – Zest for life – Lightheartedness – Picture book

“’American Indians! How about I make you a bow and arrow?’ Juri shakes his head. ‘Can’t do that: too dangerous.’ ‘Camp fire?’, proposes Mr. Schnippel. ‚Fire smokes. And smoking damages health.‘“ Whew! When the child is more sensible than the adult supervisor and condemns each game as dangerous or harmful, things are bad. Very bad indeed, but luckily not hopeless. Because supervisor Mr. Schnippel, a childish simpleton, does not seem to be familiar with the dos and don’ts of child rearing or just doesn’t care and simply cannot relate to interdictions. So let’s try a wheelbarrow race – without helmet! With this picture book, brimming with verbal and visual vitality, Lorenz Pauli and Miriam Zedilius advocate play, fun, adventure without cautionary safety netting, while giving an ironic nudge at helicopter parenting. (Age: 5+)