Picturebook

2010
Uitgeverij De Geus
3e druk
ISBN 9789044516715 
Met illustrator Benjamin Leroy

translations

German Die Sauerdropse Mixt Vision Birgit Erdmann
South Africa Die Suurtjies Protea Boekhuis Daniel Hugo

 

The Sourballs

About the book 

Go on. Stand in front of the mirror. Look at your face. Lick on a lemon. Do you see any changes? Now, take a big bite out of the lemon. And another one. 

Think of grapefruit, sour cream, or fingernails on blackboard. Soup made of toilet blocks. 

The way your face looks now, that’s exactly what brothers Harry and Herbert Sourball look like. All the time. And that’s how they like it! 

Hurry up. Take a lump of sugar. Read what happens when one day, Harry and Herbert receive a little something in the mail that turns their easy-peasy life upside down. 

They live in a terraced house in an ordinary street, those Sourballs. They complain all the time. About everything. Nobody wants to live next-door to them. Inside, it’s spectacularly dreary. Even the flowers on the wallpaper hang their heads. The Sourballs want no truck with anybody, ever. No noisy or nosy neighbours, no chats on the pavement, no ‘come in, do you fancy a cuppa?’ They prefer it this way. Just as they go for second-mouth false teeth because they’re free. Have the brothers always been this bitter? What has happened to turn them into surly, money-grubbing misers? 

A funny, sweet-and-sour, richly illustrated children’s book about two brothers, Harry and Herbert Sourball. They don’t laugh. They dread anything and everything. Their favourite pastime? Whining!

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