Stian Hole
Garmann’s Summer

Garmann’s Summer is the first book about Garmann.

Summer is nearly over and Garmann is going to start school. Garmann is dreading it, and he tries to find out if adults dread doing things, too, while he’s seeing if he’s got a loose tooth. Garmann thinks about life and death, the present and the future. "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Aunt Augusta whispers to him. "A sword-swallower," Garmann answers.

This is an unusual and nice story in words and pictures by Stian Hole.

In 2009 Garmann’s Summer has received the Mildred L. Batchelder Award, announced by the Amercian Library Association.

Garmann’s Summer also won the French Prix Sorciere for best album of the year 2008.

The other two books in the award-winning series about Garmann are:
Garmann’s Street (Garmanns gate), 2008
Garmann’s Secret (Garmanns hemmelighet), 2010.

‘Fantastic illustrations and a warm story about approaching a change in life.’


‘Let it be said straight away: this is a lovely book! It feels good to hold it, it is beautiful to look at, and the story touches your heart.’

Drammens Tidende

Stian Hole

Stian Hole
Photo: Jo Michael

Stian Hole is a reputed illustrator and author. He has created several picture books and a number of book covers.

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2005 Norwegian Ministry of Culture’ Debutant Prize, The Old Man and the Whale
2006 Most Beautiful Norwegian Picture Book of the Year, The Old Man and the Whale
2006 The Brage Prize, Garmann’s Summer (Norwegian prize)
2007 BolognaRagazzi Award, Garmann’s Summer
2007 The Ministry of Culture’s Picture Book Award, Garmann’s Summer
2007 Most Beautiful Picture Book of the Year, Garmann’s Summer
2008 Prix Sorcière, Frankrike – Best Book of the Year, Garmann’s Summer
2009 Notable Children’s Books, USA – Best Children’s Book of the Year, Garmann’s Summer
2009 Ezra Jack Keats New Author Award, New York, Garmann’s Summer
2009 The Batchelder Award Honor Book for Garmann’s Summer
2009 The Book Art Prize
2009 The Nordic Children’s Book Award for Garmann’s Street
2010 Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis for Garmann’s Summer
2010 The Brage Prize for Garmann’s Secret

Edited August 28, 2019 by Cappelen Damm Agency