Ulrich Hub

Füchse lügen nicht (Foxes Don’t Lie). Carlsen 2014

An illustrious troupe of animals - two totally identical sheep, an egotistic tiger, and a goose who is not so bright - are waiting to continue their journey in the airport’s Animal Lounge. There is, however, a problem: all the flights are canceled, the group is stuck, and the mood is lousy. Suddenly, a fox leaps into the group and enthusiastically manages to mix things up. After a wild party at the duty free shop, all the passports have suddenly disappeared. Why? What? How? Were they stolen? Did the fox perhaps have something to do with it, that sly travelling trickster? He cannot be trusted anyway - or can he? With his knack for employing clever language and creating comic situations, Urlich Hub plays with the stock characters of the classic fable. Twists and turns are not just for fun, they also put readers’ expectations to the test. Do foxes always lie, or sometimes, do they tell the truth?! (ages 8 and up)

Ein Känguru wie Du (A Kangaroo Like You). Carlsen 2015

At the annual Circus Festival Competition, Lucky Panther and Pascha Tiger want to pull off such a brilliant performance that, afterwards, the princess will immediately want to marry their trainer. But the rehearsal goes terribly from beginning to end, and besides, the trainer says he has no desire to get married. The seals think they know why - “Your coach is gay” they say. As soon as they say the words, everything starts to make sense to Panther and Tiger. The coach smells like lily of the valley, is a good cook, listens to Mozart, and reads books. What strong evidence! Panther and tiger are in agreement: they cannot have a trainer “like that”, so they drop everything and get out of there. On their way, they come across Django, a boxing kangaroo who is a genuine athlete - a great guy! But then they learn - this great guy is, himself, attracted to great guys. Huh? He doesn’t smell anything like lily of the valley! Absolute certainties break down and the big cats realize: Same or different, it’s all okay. Thanks to Hub’s sophisticated, dramatic writing skills, in this story stereotypes are dismantled lightly and effectively without becoming overly didactic. (ages 6 and up)