Olten, Manuela 1970-

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Olten, Manuela 1970-


Born 1970, in Germany; married; children: one son. Education: Studied at Kasseler Werkakademie and Hochschule für Gestaltung (Offenbach, Germany).


Home—Offenbach am Main, Germany.


Author and illustrator of children's books. Teacher of art.

Awards, Honors

Oldenburger Kinder-und Jugendbuchpreis, 2004, and Deutschen Jugendliteraturepreis nomination, 2005, both for Echte Kerle.



Echte Kerle, Bajazzo Verlag (Zurich, Switzerland), 2004, translated as Boys Are Best!, Sterling (New York, NY), 2007.

Muss mal Pipi, Carlsen Verlag (Hamburg, Germany), 2005.

Wahre Freunde, Bajazzo Verlag (Zurich, Switzerland), 2005.

Mama?, Calrsen Verlag (Hamburg, Germany), 2007.

Schnell ins Bett, Carlsen Verlag (Hamburg, Germany), 2008.

Author's books have been translated into Spanish.


Brigitte Raab, Wo Wächst der Pfeffer?, Friedrich Oetinger Verlag (Hamburg, Germany), 2005, translated by J. Alison James as Where Does Pepper Come From?, and Other Fun Facts, North-South Books (New York, NY), 2006.

Brigitte Rabb, Jetzt hol ich mir eine enue Mama, Friedrich Oetinger Verlag (Hamburg, Germany), 2007.

Biographical and Critical Sources


Horn Book, July-August, 2006, Danielle J. Ford, review of Where Does Pepper Come From?, and Other Fun Facts, p. 467.

Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2007, review of Boys Are Best!

School Library Journal, October, 2006, Lauralyn Person, review of Where Does Pepper Come From?, p. 142; November, 2007, Mary Jean Smith, review of Boys Are Best!, p. 98.