Hummelburg Verlag

Do you know the old Hamburg greeting »Hummel, Hummel« and the story about it? This is how children in the 19th century called Hamburg's water carrier. »Hummel« means bumblebee. It is known as a peaceful, productive and lovable insect. A real popular figure!
Both were sources of inspiration, which led us to find the name of our publishing house: »Hummelburg Verlag« (bumblebee castle publishing). As an imprint of Ravensburger, the castle (»Burg«) is not only a connecting element between the two associated publishing headquarters in Hamburg and Ravensburg. By our authors and illustrators it can also be seen as a sign of home with plenty of creative freedom.

Program

At Hummelburg Verlag we want to inspire children's imagination. We publish individual and creative stories for the reading age of three years up to eleven – especially by German authors and illustrators. Together with them, we campaign for children's book fictional characters who do not personify clichés but are heroes with rough edges. This is how favorite books can be created for children and for all of us.

Wie wär's, wenn du mit uns losziehst? Wir haben was vor. Dazu musst du aber mutig sein.

Zitat und Illustration aus »Spukalarm in der Schokofabrik« von Mascha Matysiak, illustriert von Monika Parciak

Authors and Illustrators

We create our program in cooperation with known authors and illustrators as well as talented debutants:

Heike Abidi, Anja Ackermann, Maja Bohn, Anke Faust, Anja Fröhlich, Erhard Dietl, Barbara Fisinger, Corinna Gieseler, Angela Glökler, Susanne Göhlich, Betina Gotzen-Beek, Maike Harel, Petra Hämmerleinova, Felicitas Horstschäfer, Fee Krämer, Mina Lystad, Mascha Matysiak, Monika Parciak, Anna Pfeffer, Max Meinzold, Florentine Prechtel, Nadine Reitz, Andrea Schomburg, Edda Skibbe, Annette Swoboda, Susanne Weber, Sabine Wilharm, Christina Wolff, Miriam Zedelius

Publications

  • Malve will keine Elfe sein

    Author
    Heike Abidi
    Illustrator
    Susanne Göhlich
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  • So ein verflixtes Erbe

    Author
    Andrea Schomburg
    Illustrator
    Maja Bohn
    Infos
  • Monty, Castor und der Findelfuchs

    Author
    Maike Harel
    Illustrator
    Bettina Gotzen-Beek
    Infos
  • Billy mit den Bambusbeinen

    Author
    Erhard Dietl
    Infos
  • Die Magier von Paris

    Author
    Christina Wolff
    Illustrator
    Max Meinzold
    Infos

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Malve Doesn't Want to Be an Elf!

  • Heike Abidi
  • Autumn 2019, 192 pages, 14.3 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 8+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Girls, humour, fantastic everyday adventure
A wonderful story of friendship, full of appreciation and admiration for each other/a different way of life!

The Blossom Holidays are finally here! The students of the Albenheim Boarding School are over the moon. Only Malve isn't looking forward to the holidays and the coming Apple Blossom Festival at all. Nothing but singing and dancing all day long! Whew! She'd much rather dream of becoming a humanling. How exciting the life of humans must be! Besides, they never have to deal with weeding, harvesting pollen and all those awful things. Will Malve manage to sneak off during the holidays and establish contact with a humanling? But things turn out quite differently: Malve's parents have been informed by the school's
principal that Malve still can't change into a butterfly, let alone recite the colours of the rainbow in the correct order. If things carry on like this, Malve will be the worst student the Albenheim boarding school has ever seen. As a deterrent, and because Malve is always just dreaming, her parents send her to a human school the very next day. Malve can't believe her luck – but of course acts as if this was the worst punishment imaginable. Being amongst the humanlings is marvellous! And the most awesome humanling is Alma, who becomes Malve's friend on her very first day of school. However, under no circumstances can Alma find out that Malve is actually an elf. A tough ask, in particular when Alma simply turns up on Malve's doorstep one afternoon ...

The Donkey and the Squirrel Who Wanted to Find the End of the World

  • Anja Fröhlich
  • Illustrated by Anke Faust
  • Autumn 2019, 32 pages, 21.5 x 30 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Age 4+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Best friends Donkey and Squirrel have decided to go find the end of the world. On their adventurous journey, they meet many animals from other countries and continents they have never seen before. And each of these unfamiliar animals helps them in its own way: There are the sheep they can ask for the way, there is the whale that saves them from the big floods, there are the camels that carry them through the desert, the penguins who provide them with lots of warmth, the kangaroo and the elephant. Yet despite their help and all the new friends Donkey and Squirrel have made, their amazing journey is difficult and full of danger. But they won't even consider giving up. Time and again, they support each other, and then, entirely unexpectedly, they reach a place that feels very familiar. Could it be the familiar stars or the “homesickness scent” that lingers
in their noses? As a matter of fact, it's something else entirely – they are back home again, having gone around the entire world in a circle! “So there isn't actually an end of the world,” Donkey says to Squirrel. “And the two of us have found out all by ourselves.”

Help, A Mirror Bilee

  • Heike Abidi
  • Illustrated by Meinhard Berger
  • Spring 2020, 160 pages, 14.3 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 8+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Silas is sure he is dreaming when his mirror image suddenly starts speaking. It explains to him that it's not a reflection, but a BILEE, like a Buddy In Life's Exciting Escapades. But the reflection has no intention of accompanying Silas anymore, because his life is much too boring. Nothing ever happens! So BILEE suggests to Silas that they switch places for a day. Silas is supposed to move into the mirror command central, and his mirror image will go to summer camp in his place. Will it work?
A fast-paced and relatable story as well as a call to courage!

Silas is spending the summer holiday with Grandma Ilse, and is anything but excited about the children's camp she registered him for. Making new friendships doesn't come easily for Silas.
One evening he notices with a fright that what he sees in the mirror is not just a reflection, but is Salis, Silas's mirror BILEE, a Buddy In Life's Exciting Escapades. On the spot, the two of them decide to trade places for a day. Silas soon regrets the arrangement he agreed to, because Salis is quite the daredevil and turns his whole life upside down.
When he bumps into Oscar at the adventure park, Oscar's glasses fall to the ground and break. Oscar blames Silas and get the other kids there upset with him, too. Oscar tells them to boycott the baking class that Silas suggested be part of the program, which is scheduled for the next day in his grandmother's café.
Suddenly, Salis shows up. When Oscar's glasses broke, he tumbled out of the mirrored world. Instead of hiding himself, Salis tries his hand at a rope climbing course. Only with a lot of luck are Silas and Salis not seen together. Salis promises not to show himself again in the future, and Silas actually dares to try one of the courses. He even manages to calm Simon, who panics in the middle of the course and wants to quit, and Simon is able to finish. In the evening, with Silas's help, Salis finds his way back into the mirror. The baking project takes place the next day. No one pays any mind to Oscar's call for a boycott, especially after
Simon told them about Silas's bravery on the ropes course. It turns out that Grandma's idea to sign Silas up for a summer camp was a fantastic one. But without his mirror BILEE, Salis, he might never have realized it!

Ghosts at the Chocolate Factory

  • Mascha Matysiak
  • Illustrated by Monika Parciak
  • Autumn 2019, 168 pages, 14.7 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 8+
  • All rights available
  • Website

Moving house sucks! Even when you're moving to a chocolate housing estate that includes an old, abandoned chocolate factory. At least Klara thinks so. She would much rather be in her old neighbourhood, with her best friend Amelie. Instead, she gets into a fight with Matti in Confectionery Alley near her new home. Luckily, Matti's friend Theo is much nicer to Klara. The two boys challenge her to a dare: Allegedly, there are ghosts in the old chocolate factory. They plan to sneak in together and see whether there really is a factory ghost. Klara isn't too sure about the entire undertaking, because she also has spotted a light moving around behind the factory windows in the evenings. But when Theo puts on his old bear costume for self-defence and Matti turns up in his ninja gear, she can't help but laugh. Surely it won't be that bad?
But soon after, in the basement of the old factory building, they encounter someone they weren't expecting at all ...

The Day We Dropped Einstein From the Sky

  • Anna Pfeffer
  • Illustrated by Angela Glökler
  • Autumn 2019, 160 pages, 14.3 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 9+
  • All rights available
  • Website

What could be better than moving in with your best friend? You don't have to arrange to meet anymore, you can have a slumber party every day, you can watch your favourite movies on the sofa every night ... Nia and Luke, best friends since kindergarten, are thrilled! Nia's father and Luke's mother have fallen in love, and now Luke and his mother are moving in with Nia and her father. But somehow everything is different when the best friend suddenly becomes the big brother, eats all your favourite ice cream and wants to decide whether everyone is going to the zoo or the leisure park on Sunday. Nia is not happy! And because Luke is becoming meaner and meaner, she develops an evil 5-step plan to get even. She mixes olives into his muesli, hides his favourite t-shirt and throws his drum sticks into the bin. Naturally, Luke isn't going to put up with that for very long. The big contest begins ...

A Confounded Bequest

  • Andrea Schomburg
  • Illustrated by Maja Bohn
  • Spring 2020, 192 pages, 14.3 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 10+
  • All rights available
  • Website

There is a big catch in Grandpa's will. Twelve-year old Malina, her parents, and her younger brother Joschi have inherited not only a substantial amount of money, but also an old house just outside the city. But they will only get the money if they move into the house themselves. And what's more, they have to live with Aunt Rosie and her son, Alexander. Aunt Rosie is Papa's sister, and the two siblings haven't been able to stand each other for decades. Aunt Rosie also has to obey the same conditions if she wants to inherit the money left to her in the will.
From the very beginning, living together in the new house proves to be difficult to chaotic. Each one of them, the adults and the children, is so different! And then Eddie shows up. He seems very nice, but soon claims that he is an illegitimate son of Grandpa's. He alleges that he has another, more recent will, that leaves all the money and the house to him.
Joining forces to fight a common enemy, the children start to work together. They discover some things they share in common, and each of them recognizes that the others aren't so dumb after all. Papa and Aunt Rosie also talk through their differences. Finally, they bring to light the reasons for their bitter fighting all those years ago.
In the end, when they all join forces, everyone manages to triumph over Eddie, who turned out not to be a nice guy at all.

The Hunt for the Fog Phantom

  • Mascha Matysiak
  • Illustrated by Edda Skibbe
  • September 2020, 168 pages, 14.7 x 21.5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 8+
  • All rights available
  • Website

On the very first day of vacation it happens: Finjan and Nele run into old Mrs. Silverneedle. Shortly afterwards, a thick fog moves through town making it impossible to see anything. It's Foggy, the fog phantom that Mrs. Silverneedle wanted to catch. Now she is in the hospital, and Foggy is creating chaos in the small town. Nele and Finjan have no other choice than to pursue him. But how do you capture a ghost made of fog?
A fast-paced, small town adventure with a big dose of humor.

In the small town where Mrs. Silverneedle lives, Nele is just picking up her friend Finjan at the train station. She is strolling down the street with him when Mrs. Silverneedle comes careening around the corner on her bicycle. There is a collision, and Mrs. Silverneedle is aken to the hospital. Nele and Finjan promise to take care of the elderly woman's flowers. While there, they meet Mrs. Silverneedle's ghostly housemates, Juna, formerly a gargoyle, and Capt'n Jolle, an ancient seaman. Both of them are in a tizzy because the fog phantom has already reached the town and is starting to scare people and make trouble. Because Mrs. Silverneedle is still confused from the accident, Nele and Finjan get a crash course in ghost hunting from Juna and Capt'n Jolle, and try to contain the fog phantom. The residents of the town are puzzled by the recurring thick fogs that seem to appear out of nowhere, which make people lose their way and create a lot of confusion. Ships are stuck in the locks, and nothing is able to move. In the meantime, Nele and Finjan have learned the the fog phantom can only be captured with a special teapot of Mrs. Silverneedle's. Something goes wrong, however, and instead Capt'n Jolle ends up in the teapot and can't get out. The town is enveloped in chaos. Nele and Finjan have to think up some way to trick Foggy the fog phantom, and at the same time release Capt'n Jolle from the teapot. In the end, they find a way. But the calm doesn't last for long; the windchimes begin to turn again, which means a new ghost is approaching!

Billy with the Baboos Legs

  • Erhard Dietl
  • Spring 2020, 32 pages, 21,5 x 30 cm
  • Picturebook
  • Ages 4+
  • All rights available

A cheerful, rhymed story about insects by Erhard Dietl, author of the Olchi series.

Korny in Preschool

  • Susanne Göhlich
  • Illustrated by Susanne Göhlich
  • Spring 2020, 96 pages, 17,5 x 24 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 3+
  • All rights available

Six picture stories about Korny’s everyday experiences in preschool to look at and read aloud, for children 3 years and up.

Lotte and the Granny-Days

  • Miriam Zedelius
  • Illustrated by Miriam Zedelius
  • Autumn 2019, 96 pages, 17,5 x 24 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 4+
  • Rights sold: German Audiobook (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)

Everyday episodes about Grandma and Lotte – a book to read out loud with the potential of becoming a “classic”.

The Best Auntie Saviours in the World

  • Andrea Schomburg & Sabine Wilharm
  • Illustrated by Sabine Wilharm
  • Autumn 2019, 224 pages, 14,3 x 21,5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 10+
  • All rights available

Humorous story with a crime novel touch.

After an unfortunate end to an experiment their parents were conducting, the brothers Jonas (11) and Fabian (8) are living with their young, unconventional Aunt Dotsy. Aunt Dotsy is convinced that a name like hers needs to be lived up to: You have to be both down to earth and gutsy.

It definitely takes guts to rob a bank in a red dress. The siblings are flabbergasted when they hear about it, and the fact that they are now on the run with Aunt Dotsy makes their summer holidays anything but uncomplicated.

Samuel Is Swamped

  • Susanne Weber
  • Illustrated by Susanne Göhlich
  • Spring 2020, 160 pages, 14,3 x 21,5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 8+
  • All rights available

Monty, Castor and the Foundling Fox

  • Maike Harel
  • Illustrated by Betina Gotzen-Beek
  • Spring 2020, 128 pages, 17,5 x 24 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 5+
  • All rights available

A modern fable about consideration, sticking together, and courage .

The Magicians of Paris

  • Christina Wolff
  • Illustrated by Max Meinzold
  • Spring 2020, 304 pages, 15,3 x 21,5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 10+
  • All rights available

Phenomenal debut novel – a magical adventure for all readers ages 10 and up.

For decades, the Delunes and Bellesons, both families of magicians, have been rivals. Why? Claire and Rafael, descendants of the clans, don’t know, since both of their fathers died at the same time in an inexplicable accident. But there is a third wizard in Paris, and he’s pursuing a plan with dangerous consequences. Claire and Rafael have to join forces in order to prevent the unthinkable.

Fantastic Adventures of the Christmas Company

  • Corinna Gieseler
  • Illustrated by Maximilian Meinzold
  • Autumn 2019, 288 pages, 15,3 x 21,5 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 10+
  • All rights available

When Freda gets a strange phone call at 4 o’clock in the afternoon on the sixth of December, she has no idea of the adventure that awaits her within the next few minutes. But when Mr Livingstone, Freda’s cat, starts to speak and then abducts her to the North Pole via the cellar of an old cobbler’s shop, Freda is overwhelmed with amazement. Here, in the eternal ice and snow, are the headquarters of the Christmas Company, the global corporation for presents by all the Santas in all the world…

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Hummelburg Verlag, Imprint der Ravensburger Verlag GmbH

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Phone +49 (0)40 39809965

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Contact Person

Publisher: Markus Niesen

Editorial Department: Malin Wegner

Assistance/Public Relations and Events: Anika Harder

Foreign Rights and Licences: Florence Roux
florence.roux@ravensburger.de

Foreign Rights and Licences: Lucía Borrero
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