Sebastian Meschenmoser  [ Germany ]


Portrait Meschenmoser
Copyright Meschenmoser / C. Jan-Ulrich Schmidt

Guest 2017.


Fliegen lernen


Esslingen, 2005

Herr Eichhorn und der Mond


Esslingen, 2006

Herr Eichhorn und der erste Schnee


Esslingen, 2007

3 Wünsche für Mopsmann


Esslingen, 2008

Herr Eichhorn weiß den Weg zum Glück


Esslingen, 2009

Mopsmanns magische Wunderwolle


Esslingen, 2011

Herr Eichhorn und der Besucher vom blauen Planeten


Esslingen, 2012

Der Fall Lori Plump


Esslingen, 2013

Gordon und der Tapir


Esslingen, 2014

Herr Eichhorn und der König des Waldes


Stuttgart, 2015

Rotkäppchen hat keine Lust


Stuttgart, 2016

Die verflixten 7 Geislein


Stuttgart, 2017

Der Wind in den Weiden


Zürich, 2017

Sebastian Meschenmoser was born in Frankfurt am Main in 1980 and began studying at the Akademie für bildende Künste in Mainz in 2001. After visiting the École Nationale Supérieure d’Art in Dijon for half a year, he transferred to Anne Berning’s master class in Mainz in 2006, completing his studies in 2007.

His debut »Fliegen lernen« (2005, Eng. »Learning to Fly«, 2006), written for children ages four and up, breaks from picture-book conventions in both pictorial and narrative terms; the story of a confused penguin’s first futile attempts to fly has a surprising, ambiguous ending, the illustrations are minimal and colors and contours are used sparingly. Meschenmoser launched his squirrel series with his second picture book, »Herr Eichhorn und der Mond« (2006; Eng. »Mr. Squirrel & the Moon«, 2008). In the first volume, the moon falls onto Mr. Squirrel’s house and he must somehow get it back where it belongs. Other volumes include »Herr Eichhorn und der erste Schnee« (2007; Eng. »Waiting for Winter«, 2009), »Herr Eichhorn weiß den Weg zum Glück« (2009; tr. Mr. Squirrel knows the path to happiness), »Herr Eichhorn und der Besucher vom blauen Planeten« (2012; tr. Mr. Squirrel and the visitor from the blue planet) and »Herr Eichhorn und der König des Waldes« (2015; tr. Mr. Squirrel and the king of the forest). Another recurring character in Meschenmoser’s work is Pugman; in »3 Wünsche für Mopsmann« (2008; Eng. »3 Wishes for Pugman«, 2010), the protagonist is a cranky pug who wakes up late one day and realizes he has nothing to eat and his newspaper is soaked through. The morning seems to be ruined, but then a fairy appears and grants Pugman three wishes to save the day. In »Mopsmanns magische Wunderwolle« (2011; tr. Pugman’s miraculously magic wool), Pugman discovers the magic of automatic knitting needles and an endless supply of wool left to him by a pig princess who’s off at a beauty pageant. In his Pugman books, Meschenmoser’s illustration style changes somewhat, and he draws the disgruntled, wrinkly face of the title figure in great detail. »Der Fall Lori Plump« (2013; tr. The case of Lori Plump) is a story of friendship, a stolen lottery win and the search for true happiness. »Gordon und Tapir« (2014; Eng. »Gordon and Tapir«, 2016) is about a tiny, order-obsessed penguin named Gordon who lives with his messy friend Tapir; they fight about toilet paper, clutter and stinky fish until Gordon decides to leave their shared apartment. Once again, Meschenmoser’s pencil drawings create a humorous story for children five years and up, and explore the basic ideas of understanding and mutual respect.

Meschenmoser also generated several image cycles shown in a number of group- and individual exhibitions in Germany and Switzerland. In 2007 and 2015, he was nominated for German Children’s Literature Award. The author and illustrator lives in Berlin.


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