Jaap Robben

De Geus, Amsterdam
Together with illustrator Benjamin Leroy
Awards & nominations
Vlag en Wimpel 2013
Shortlist Golden Poetry Medal (Gouden Poëziemedaille) 2014

If Anyone Ever Were To Find My Bones

Children’s poetry about strange animals you won’t come across in the zoo.

Every year, a number of new words are added to the Dutch dictionary. But that also means some words have to make way, the so-called disappearing words. Words that have not been used in newspapers and magazines for years. Words that no longer seem necessary, although they’re often beautiful. Like baffetoen, tempest, zefier or ponjaard. Words that could use some help. Jaap searched for 23 words that sound like animal names. For each word he wrote an animal poem, inspired by the meaning of the word that disappeared.

So an animal kingdom came into being where the animals appear in each other’s poems, eat each other up and try to survive. A collection about extinction and disappearing. But above all, a collection about survival. It was immediately clear that Benjamin Leroy had to work on this. He drew a forest full of peculiar, unpredictable and unique animals and turned it into a unique animal world.

"An unusually fine piece of children’s poetry." ****
– De Morgen newspaper
"An ode to language."
– NBD Biblion
"Not only the nature of the beast and the humor make the fantastic creatures unforgettable, but also the poetic language they are brought to life in. Some lines sink their teeth into you through surprising, sonorous combinations."
– Poëziekrant


Jaap wordt vertegenwoordigd door zijn manager Michaël Roumen. Voor optredens en andere zakelijke verzoeken kunt u een bericht sturen naar: michael@michaelroumen.com 
Postbus 92
2501 CB Den Haag 

Voor persverzoeken rondom Schemerleven kunt u contact opnemen met Charlotte van Arnhem:


Jaap Robben is represented by Michaël Roumen. For inquiries and requests, please send an email to: michael@michaelroumen.com 
P.O. Box 92
2501 CB The Hague
The Netherlands 

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