Josefine Ottesen

Josefine Ottesen
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Josefine Ottesen

Josefine Ottesen trained as an actor and a clown in the United States. Since 1977 she has worked in children's theatre. She made her literary debut in 1983 with the illustrated story Prinsesse Morgenrøde og Lindormen (Princess Dawn and the Dragon). Her major works are Eventyret om Fjeren og Rosen (The Tale of the Feather and the Rose) (1986), Dragens kys (Kiss of the Dragon) (1993, reissued in 1999), and Regnbuestenen (The Rainbow Quartz) (1999). For her pioneering Eventyret om Fjeren og Rosen, Josefine Ottesen received the Children's Book Prize in 1986, awarded by the Ministry of Culture. In it she establishes the theme of discord and suspicion which illustrates that only where there is mutual understanding can dragons and drought be conquered. Josefine Ottesen demonstrates another of her talents in De artigste børn i verden (The Best Behaved Children in the World) (1999). The illustrator Julie Kyhl expands the grotesque with her choice of ironic elements and with her use of intense colours. In this story the parents assume the role of children: they play, make noise, and create a mess! The children, on the other hand, wish only to be the best behaved children in the world. They are so well-behaved that they even ask permission to blink their eyes or to swallow. In her tales Josefine Ottesen hints that there are many ways of contemplating the world. Her characters show that things are not simply black and white.






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