Mickey Mouse, by Carla Regalado Teixido
'Manno! Alles genau so in echt passiert' (2020).

Anke Kuhl is a German writer and illustrator of children's books, based in Frankfurt am Main. She is also the author of the children's graphic novels 'Lehmriese lebt!' (2015) and 'Manno! Alles genau so in echt passiert' (2020).

Early life and career
Born in 1970 in Frankfurt am Main, Anke Kuhl was raised in a small town in the federal state of Hessen in central Germany. She spent two semesters studying free drawing at the Universität Mainz, and then continued her education in the direction Visual Communication at the Offenbach University of Art and Design. Graduated in 1999, she co-founded the Labor Ateliergemeinschaft. Apart from her, this studio collective was the homebase for several Frankfurt graphic designers, illustrators and authors, such as Moni Port, Philip Waechter, Jörg Mühle, Natascha Vlahovic, Zuni and Kirsten von Zubinski. For a number of years, the group worked - either individually or as a group – on a broad range of creative projects, including children's books, illustrations for newspapers and magazines, book covers and design, book readings, workshops, exhibitions and self-initiated works.

Children's books
Specializing in working for children, Kuhl illustrated picture and story books for publishers like Fischer Schatzinsel, Klett Kinderbuch, Carlsen, Gerstenberg, Dt. Taschenbuch-Verlag and Beltz & Gelberg. These included three books in the 'Hedvig' series by Frida Nilsson (2012-2014), additional children's novels by Hilke Rosenboom ('Ein Pferd namens Milchmann', 2005), Salah Naoura ('Matti und Sami und die drei größten Fehler des Universums', 2013) and Heiko Wolz ('Allein unter Superhelden', 2013), picture books by Wilfried von Bredow ('Lola rast und andere schreckliche Geschichten', 2009) and Martin Schmitz-Kuhl ('Alle Kinder. Ein ABC der Schadenfreude', 2011) and non-fiction books by Alexandra Maxeiner and Katharina von der Gathen. As all-round author, she made the children's picture books 'Ene mene muuh: Abzählreime mit und ohne Kuh' (2002), 'Cowboy will nicht reiten' (2003) and 'Höchste Zeit, Herold!' (2014), with the second book winning the 2004 Eulenspiegelpreis.


'Lehmriese lebt!' (2015).

Comics
In 2015, Kuhl made her debut as a comic artist, when Reprodukt released her children's graphic novel 'Lehmriese lebt!' ("Clay Giant Lives!"), about two kids who build a clay giant. During the night, the giant wakes up and sets off for the city, where it causes a lot of chaos. Her next graphic novel, 'Manno! Alles genau so in echt passiert' (Klett Kinderbuch, February 2020) was fully autobiographical, depicting funny and disastrous anecdotes from the author's childhood. Together with her sister Eva, she grows up in a small town, where the siblings duel with toilet brushes, undergo an eye test at the local optician, witness their parents quarrelling and have fun with their resident grandparents. In 2021, the book was also released in a Dutch translation.

Recognition
Several books for which Kuhl made the illustrations received children's literature awards. Her own 'Cowboy will nicht reiten' won the 2004 Eulenspiegelpreis. Her well-received autobiographical 'Manno!' comic, won the 2019 Comicbuchpreis of the Berthold Leibinger Foundation, the 2020 "Lynx of the Month" prize for children's literature - awarded monthly by Radio Bremen and Die Zeit magazine - and the 2020 Max-und-Moritz-Preis for "Best Children's Comic".


'Manno! Alles genau so in echt passiert' (2020).

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