On Monday, May 23, 2011, famed author/interior decorator/museum curator/illustrator/archivist/former model/Bad Berleburg library patron/Lady of Schloss Berleburg, Carina Axelsson allowed those in Bad Berleburg, Germany to be in her presence whereupon she read her world-famous book, Nigel in Hyde Park, (for the billionth time) to a myriad of students and their parents at the Bad Berleburg library.
The purpose of Miss Axelsson being at the library was for her to entertain the youths with her book as well as to help them learn English.
According to the German newspaper, Siegener Zeitung, this is what happened during that fun-filled morning with Frau Axelsson:
The children’s book author and illustrator before yesterday, invited many elementary school students to exciting adventures.
Strange noises in the night, creepy shadows in the room and a small dragon provided with exuberant imagination yesterday at the reading of children’s author and illustrator Carina Axelsson at the Bad Berleburg Library for fun and excitement. The companion of Prinz Gustav zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg read from her book ‘Nigel Hyde Park’ in front of students from the Elsoff and Dotzlar schools.
And the children listened completely spellbound, especially since the author put forward the in the English, while Rikard Riedesel, the curator [manager] of the city, translated some of the words into German.
Time and again the smart and cute winged illustrations from the book, which were thrown by video projector on the wall, the imagination of the students who know that morning to work with Nigel and his adventures, the one or two new English vocabulary were allowed to learn. After the turbulent story of Nigel, the students had the opportunity to ask Frau Carina Axelsson questions.
The girls and boys asked, ‘Do you also write for adults?’ Wanted to know as one of the girls. ‘No,’ said Carina Axelsson and smiled, ‘I only write for children because it gives me the most.’ ’How the idea for Nigel formed?’ Wanted to know one of the boys. ‘It’s a long story,’ said the author, but she would still tell you. Eventually she was asked by a friend if she design a funny animal figure for a logo for a children’s shampoo. ’I finally offered him ten different animal figures, and among them was a small green dragon.’ In the end, the choice of their friend had chosen small, fluffy bunnies.’ But the people I still have repeatedly responded to the dragon. The painting was so funny that there actually had time to create a story.’ So from there emerged Nigel of Hyde Park.
‘Is there a second part (second series),’ asked one student. ‘The second part of Nigel is already done. I am currently busy with another book, which is also almost done’, said Frau Carina Axelsson. The new book is the way a detective story. And it is about a girl that has a particularly strong character like me. At the moment I’m still looking for a publisher (she was dropped by her old publishing house, Assouline Books) and I hope the whole thing will be finished next year.’
‘Why do you write children’s books at all?’ Asked another girl. ‘Why do I write children’s books?’ repeated Frau Carina Axelsson, ‘primarily because I love books and reading about everything.’
She then thanked the head of the Bad Berleburg library, Gaby Klotz, and then Carina also once again thanked those for their generous donation a few months ago to the library. The proceeds of the Advent Calendar, designed by Carina Axelsson, even in the way again appeared the little green dragon is Nigel, you have to buy back a lot of new children’s books for the library. ‘And that has made us all very happy,’ said Gaby Klotz.
Incidentally, anyone interested in reading the book, Nigel Hyde Park, can find it in German and English in the library bathroom in Bad Berleburg. After the reading, some students were on their way to have their own books signed by Frau Carina Axelsson. In addition, there was also an autographed photo of Frau Carina Axelsson on the hand.