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The Publishing House and its History

rowohlt rotfuchs is among the most richly traditional programs for children and young adults in German-speaking countries. Founded in 1972 by Uwe Wandrey, rotfuchs soon became synonymous with committed, contemporary literature for children and young adults. In its over 40 years, rotfuchs has produced children's book heroes such as Markus Osterwalder's «Bobo Siebenschläfer» or Angela Sommer-Bodenburg's «Der kleine Vampir». rotfuchs is also the home of the legendary Roald Dahl's children's book classics like "Matilda" or "Charlie und die Schokoladenfabrik".


rotfuchs is proud to publish great children's authors like British bestselling writer David Walliams as well as acclaimed German authors such as Rüdiger Bertram, Salah Naoura or Franziska Gehm.

Our young adult program features outstanding and award-winning German writers such as Nils Mohl, Holly-Jane Rahlens, Kirsten Fuchs or Sarah Jäger alongside renowned international authors like Elizabeth Acevedo, Helen Cooper, Philip Kerr, Simon Mason, Nic Stone or William Sutcliffe.

Authors and Illustrators

We count ourselves lucky to present artists like Dorothée Böhlke, Anke Faust, Amelie Glienke, Cathy Ionescu, Regina Kehn, Barbara Korthues, Anke Kuhl, Ute Krause, Tony Ross, Birgit Schössow, Kai Schüttler or Joëlle Tourlonias.

Current awards

  • KIMI Kinderbuchsiegel 2018 – Nic Stone: Dear Martin
  • ILB Außergewöhnliches Buch 2017 – Roald Dahl: Sophiechen und der Riese
  • ILB Außergewöhnliches Buch 2017 – Margo Lanagan: Ligas Welt

Foreign Rights Highlights

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The Pearl Thief

  • Axel Scheffler & Rosa Scheffler
  • Illustrated by Axel Scheffler
  • Autumn 2019, 80 pages, 19 x 20 cm
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 5 +
  • Rights sold to the Netherlands, English world

When Peacock employs the little chicken in his shop, he’s blissfully unaware of the chaos that’s about to ensue: a royal visit, petty theft, a hunt for a robber and a sudden burst of glamour and fame in the morning! And there’s a radiant happy end for the chicken, too.
Accompanying the book is a set of embroidery instructions for children by Rosa Scheffler to recreate pearl brooches from the story.

Carla Chameleon – How Miserable, I’m Invisible!

  • Franziska Gehm
  • Illustrated by Julia Christians
  • Spring 2020, 160 pages,
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 9+
  • All rights available

Carla can’t believe it, first her best friend Herta just moved to Australia and now in the first lesson after the holidays Jole, the new one in her class, sits next to her and makes embarrassing jokes. This is clearly too much for shy Carla – she becomes invisible and takes on the colour and texture of her surroundings. Fortunately, nobody notices. Except Jole, who enthusiastically observes this transformation. Carla herself is horrified! She absolutely wants to be normal! Unfortunately, it does not remain with this one transformation and soon a secret society also becomes aware of Carla’s rare quality For “the cavaliers” Carla’s transformation is an interesting option!

Forward, to the South

  • Sarah Jäger
  • Spring 2020, 224 pages,
  • Hardcover
  • Ages 14+
  • All rights available

In the backyard of the local supermarket, you get your name whether you like it or not. If you are lucky, you will be ennobled with an “ours”, just like our Pavel. Or you are unlucky Like “duck ass”. She got her name from Jo, who disappeared months ago. Marie, his ex-girlfriend decides to find out what happend. Together with her and Can, who never stops talking, “duck ass”, who’s the only one with a driver licence, hits the road. The search for Jo develops into a wild summer trip through roaring hot July days. Without a plan, without air conditioning, further and further south.


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Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

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20099 Hamburg


Phone +49 (0)40 72 72-0

Contact Person

Publisher Florian Illies

Program Director Christiane Steen (-313)

Public Relations Hanna Biresch (-412)

Events Bettina Schalk (-217)

Marketing Julia Reimer (-416

Production Florian Enns (-373)

Foreign Rights Nathalie Wittfoth (-364)