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World Book Day, Thursday 3rd March - Former Staff Marjoke Henrichs is a Children's Book Author

World Book Day will be celebrated at Ipswich School with Prep pupils dressed as their favourite book characters. Marjoke is an author and illustrator of two published books for young children.
21 Feb 2023
Alumni News

Marjoke Henrichs worked at Ipswich School as the Production Designer in the Drama Department from 2006 until 2020. Originally from the Netherlands, Marjoke studied theatre design with the Dutch painter/scenographer Nicolaas Wijnberg in Maastricht, and with Margaret Harris (Percy) at the Riverside Studios in London. 

In 2019 Marjoke gained a Master’s Degree with Distinction in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art. 

Her debut picture book, 'NO! said Rabbit' (Scallywag Press) has been translated in 14 languages and was short-listed for the Booktrust Storytime Prize 2021. The book tells of the everyday battle of wills between a mother and child where everyone ends up a winner!  It was reviewed by the Swedish Library Service who said, ‘This book has the potential to become a classic like 'Guess How Much I Love You...' It’s a declaration of love through everyday actions.’  It tells of how Rabbit is happy doing his own thing, and he doesn't want to listen to his mum telling him to get up, get dressed, have breakfast, play outside, come inside and least of all... have a bath!  But at last they hit on something they both love doing together.

Marjoke both writes and illustrates her books which are for children aged 2 to 4 years old. 

Her second book 'READY! Said Rabbit', is currently translated in 7 languages. It is about Rabbit and Dad deciding to go to the park.

Books for Keeps reveiwed the book and said, 'Henrichs again perfectly depicts the joyful chaos and confusion that make up so much of a toddler’s life. Adults will laugh at the truth of it all... another perfect book for the very young.’ 

The Big Issue North, book reviewer commented, ‘By now a familiar picture book character following his first outing, Rabbit returns with a routine that’s all too familiar to parents – getting ready to leave the house. Told with simplistic humour and warmth.’ 

The paperback edition will be available from Thursday, 3rd March - World Book Day.

Marjoke's third book, titled  ‘Detective Catz and the Missing Nut’ is planned to be published in spring of 2024, also by Scallywag Press.

The author said, ‘It is humbling to realise that a story I dreamed up at my desk at home, now reaches so many children all over the world, giving joy, togetherness and making them laugh.'

 

 

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