A Reliably Bad Child-rearer

Christine Nöstlinger is a reliably bad child-rearing influence of the same calibre as Astrid Lindgren. Her diversified and highly committed authorship is characterized by disrespectful humour, clear-sighted solemnity and inconspicuous warmth. She is a staunch supporter of children and those living on the margin of society.
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Austrian author, born in Vienna on 13 October, 1936.

Nöstlinger's books, which are written for children of all ages, range from imaginative stories to realistic descriptions of everday life. They also include stories of a retrospective character, and reflect many children's current reality with little money, broken families and school bullies. Her special tone of voice is humorous; free of illusions and sentimentality; unobtrusive and loving. Nöstlinger's first book, Die feuerrote Friederike (Fiery Frederica) which she illustrated herself, was published in 1970.

Nöstlinger's masterpiece among imaginative stories is perhaps Konrad oder Das Kind aus der Konservenbüchse (Conrad: The Factory-Made Boy), that appeared in 1975. Her realistic descriptions of everday life include Ilse Janda, 14 (Girl Missing), 1974, Wetti und Babs, 1987, and Nagle einen Pudding an die Wand, 1990. Two books of a special character are Maikäfer, flieg! (Fly Away Home), 1973, and Zwei Wochen im Mai, 1981, describing nine-year-old Christel's experiences in Vienna during the last year of World War II.

In the last decade, Nöstlinger has primarily written books for younger children, including two series, one about a boy, Franz (started in 1984) and the other about a girl, Mini (from 1992). Christine Nöstlinger has been awarded Friedrich Boedecker Prize (1972), German Youth Literature Prize (1973), Hans Christian Andersen Medal from the IBBY (1984) as well as close to thirty other awards and citations.