Last updated: 04.12.2023, 08:48 a.m.
By: Sven Trautwein
Nothing lifts the anticipation of Christmas like an Advent calendar. But how about a calendar in book form? A chapter every day.
Reading together is fun. Reading aloud is even more fun and can strengthen bonding. In this way, reading together also creates space for in-depth and independent learning and immersion in foreign worlds. Especially in the run-up to Christmas, it is all the more comfortable not only to read the book at your favorite place, but also to have a story or two read to you. With the right story, the wait for Christmas is shortened for some children. With Kai Pannen's "Du spinnst wohl" this succeeds. Whether read aloud or read by yourself, the book is a pleasure.
Kai Pannen "You're crazy!": That's what the book is all about.
A humorous and whimsical Christmas story in 24 chapters. Perfect for reading aloud: "You're probably crazy!" by Kai Pannen. © Funke Foto Services/Imago/Tulipan Verlag (montage)
On the first of December, a terrible event befalls the fly Bisy: it carelessly gets caught in the web of the spider Karl-Heinz. Bisy is wrapped in his spider threads by Karl-Heinz and hung up on the edge of his web. His plan is to keep Bisy until Christmas and then eat it as a holiday roast. Of course, Bisy is horrified. But he is clever and begins to talk incessantly to the annoyed Karl-Heinz, who really just wants his peace and quiet. He persuades him to be well fed, lures him on a trip and even helps him when he has a toothache. Little by little, Bisy wins a place in Karl-Heinz's heart. He frees him from the clutches of his greedy aunt and even cuddles with him on the sofa at night. But Christmas is inexorably approaching...
One fine December morning, the grumpy spider Karl-Heinz gets the fly Bisy in his web: an excellent holiday roast that, tied up in a package like a spider, is supposed to dangle in the web until Christmas Eve. Bisy has 24 days to dissuade Karl-Heinz from his holiday plans. 24 days to really get on the spider's nerves. And all of a sudden, the question arises as to who is actually the victim and who is the perpetrator.
A Christmas roast becomes a friend: The bizarre story of Bisy the fly and Karl-Heinz the spider
In 24 chapters, readers follow the slow rapprochement of these two disparate animals. As is typical for an Advent story, it naturally ends on a positive note. Bisy acts very skilfully and is by no means speechless. He succeeds in making it clear to the lonely Karl-Heinz that there is more to life than just sitting on the sofa. Together they cook, decorate the net for Christmas, have many discussions and get closer and closer. And for the first time in his life, Karl-Heinz learns what it means to have someone who likes him.
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This Advent story is truly special. It is unusual, a little whimsical, but by no means less contemplative and with a beautiful message. A read-aloud book that not only prepares children aged 4 to 8 for Christmas in an entertaining way, but also brings joy to adult readers.
"You're crazy!" is the first book in the Karl-Heinz and Bisy series. The other volumes are also humorously and lovingly illustrated by Kai Pannen:
- Volume 2: Make the bend, fly!
- Volume 3: Hanged, Captured!
- Volume 4: As won, so spun!
- Volume 5: Rumba Summmba
Kai Pannen "You're crazy"
2015 Tulipan, ISBN-13 978-3-86429-231-6
Price: hardcover 15 €, 104 pages
Born in the Lower Rhine region, Kai Pannen completed his studies in painting and film in Cologne. Since then, he has been working as an illustrator and animator. In recent years, he has enriched a large number of books for various publishers with his illustrations.
In addition to his work as an illustrator and animator, he has passed on his knowledge as a lecturer for animation and storyboard at the Animation School Hamburg. In addition, he has made a name for himself as a producer of animated short films for children. Today, Kai Pannen lives with his family in Hamburg.