Life and work
For many years Sieb Posthuma (b. 1960) illustrated magazines, newspapers and book covers, before moving on to picture books in the mid-1990s. He then started writing books himself, about his fox terrier Rintje, the first of which was published in 2001. Further picture books followed, as well as collections of stories for reading aloud. He has created musicals about Rintje and designed scenery and costumes for the ballet Coppelia. In 2007 he won a Silver Paintbrush for Feodoor has Seven Sisters and in 2009 the Golden Paintbrush with a book of fables, Up in the Green Lime Tree Sat a Big Fat Hen. That same year Posthuma illustrated Mr. Finney and the Word Turned Upside-Down, written by Princess Laurentien van Oranje.
Mr. Finney en de wereld op zijn kop
Mr Finney lives in his self-built house en knows everything about his garden. He sits often with his best friend Slak on the lowest branch of his favorite tree. But their quiet life changed when Pinky Pepper came. Pinky Pepper is a little rose being which can fly. She can show the whole world with her SuperBiBi. So she shows big cities, oceans, forests and a mysterious flag to Mr Finney en Slak. Mr Finney is curious about the world outside his garden en has a lot of questions. But before he can ask these questions, Pinky Pepper disappeared. So Mr Finney decides to find the answers by the way of traveling. He meets all kinds of animals en finds out that not everywhere of the world is beautiful. He also finds out that questions can help us en that the answer is maybe not so far as we think.
Translation in Chinese
Oranje, Laurentien van, & Posthuma, Sieb [(Mr. Finney en de wereld op zijn kop)] Chinese: 21st Century Publishing House, in preparation.