Writer Benny Lindelauf and illustrator Ludwig Volbeda receive the 34th Woutertje Pieterse Prize, the award of 15,000 euros for the most beautiful children's book of the past year.

They take home the prize with

Whole stories for half a soldier

(Publisher Querido).

It is a daring book, is the jury's verdict.

"A book that does not shy away from the grim, takes the reader on a blood-curdling journey and shows him how big and deep our world can be."

The jury, chaired by Abdelkader Benali, says the book also "combines the best of language and image".

Full Stories for Half a Soldier

appeared in October 2020 and is about six brothers who are called up to join the army.

A donation is expected at one of the border posts where they have to report.

Since they cannot offer this, they are instructed to tell a story.

Last year the prize went to Bette Westera and Sylvia Weve with

Uit Each other

.