Here´s a list of all my illustrated English books - published and in process. By clicking on the respective cover, you get more information about the individual work of art.

Finished or Published :

Painting black

Larry Stevenson, illustrated the book about the pencil that doesnt want to do math but sketch. The book starts with this sentence: Books are made to be used. Drawing, painting and coloring are explicitly encouraged in this book.

This book can be used to learn drawing, to color or to continue the story with your own ideas. "Painting Black" has the ISBN 978-3-9824397-0-9, is 80 pages thick and available all across the globe. The blurb: On a desk, there is Ruler who, by nature, wants to draw straight lines. Triangle wants to measure angles. While Pencil, meant for math, actually wants to create a children's book. The crayons, however, want nothing to do with a pencil that is yellow on the outside and grey on the inside‘. Eraser usually just wants to rest, because her work would wear her down. Painting Black tells the story of the creation of a children’s book and explains that everyone has their purpose and that cooperation is best for everyone. In the process, the stationery utensils are brought to life and given personalities to make both the children and adult readers giggle. Who knew Crayons squeak while painting?

"Painting Black" explains that you should follow your dreams even if you don't know how they can become reality. It also aims to strengthen the imagination and thus emotional intelligence of the reader, wrapped in a punny story.

Clicking on the cover will take you to a reading sample and more information about the story.

How do dinosaurs sleep?

"How do Dinosaurs Sleep?" tells a short bedtime story with illustrations by Nicola Zips. The book is 6 x 9 inch (about 15 x 23 cm) and 52 pages long. It contains 24 drawings for colouring in and the reading time will take only a few minutes, so Mum and Dad can go to bed, too!

"How do Dinosaurs Sleep?" is a bedtime story about a young Triceratops. Little Cara can't sleep because her feet hurt from walking. To learn how other dinosaurs spend the night, the curious young dinosaur takes a nightly walk through the jungle.

The book has been edited, proofread and was published on 28th April 2022. There is a reading sample and illustrations to print and colour in, just click the cover!

The pencils in my drawer

"The Pencils in my Drawer" is a book about grief and life afterwards. The meanwhile grown up Leo is an artist and tells about the worst time of his life throught his paintings: when his mother got ill and died. The book is illustrated by Maria Bodewald.

With this 46 pages book, I like to support children in coping with grief and also show adults that good and bad times pass. Therefore, the story includes joy and sadness and shows that someones path doesn't have to be straight as well as other subtleties that are a big part of life.

Please click on the cover to get more information about the book. It is published with the ISBN 9783982439716.

Being happy with Nevis

The first illustrated book by me and my partner Anna-Theresa Fackler is called "Being happy with Nevis".

The book was published on 6th June 2019 and tells the rhymed story of a butterfly, that has failed to free himself from his cocoon.

He is dead-unhappy about his situation, as his brothers are already flying over the meadows. This way, Nevis realizes that he has to make the best of every moment to be happy. After some time, the loner of the class that never particiated in any school activities, transforms into a happy caterpillar, enjoying life on the ground.

With sufficient patience, the waiting time until his hatching is far less serious. So, in no time, the day of losing his cocoon comes, and he finally becomes a beautiful butterfly.

In process

Circle and square

Together with Christel Hasse, I am working on an unusal lovestory: What happens, when circle and square fall in love?

This will be an unique book with two beginnings. The story will be told with Christels handicraft work, while using sugar paper.

Circle and Square live in a fantasy world, made of the basic forms and the basic colors. But, I´d like to keep the rest a secret for now.

A few illustrations are done, check them out by clicking the picture to the right.

Orla Octopus

My partner Anna-Theresa Fackler and I are always creating new illustrated books. As a follow-up for Nevis, we decided to transfer the experiences of our next hero into the ocean.

The result is Orla Octopus. She went missing as a baby from the other octopi eggs and grows up alone. Since she lacks the understanding of what she is, she tries to be accepted by countless other marine life. Because of her ability to transform, this seems to work, but it never seems to fit for Orla.

During the narration, Orla discovers more of her skills and finds a place, where she can be, as she is.

The book is currently being painted with watercolors. On the right you can see a first draft for the cover. Click on the picture for more information and illustrations


Nicola Zips will paint Sarya - the story of a girl and her lionesses - stay tuned!

In a secret place in Africa, before mankind knew what time was, a girl was born. As soon as she was wrapped in linen, two young lionesses set foot in her village. They joined the child, whose mother never knew the fear of lions, and stayed day and night protective by her side, that the village called Sarya.

This book tells the legend of Sarya, a special girl with an extraordinary connection to the animal kingdom. To save her mother from a rare snake fever, she has to walk to the mountains on the horizon and pick a crimson flower for the shaman. During her journey, she gets support by almost all animals in miraculous and unimaginable ways.

As soon as Nicola has finished a few drawings, I'll upload them for you to check out!