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Biography - 2006-03-16

Carl Norac’s books for children and volumes of poetry for adults have been published widely in Belgium, where he was born. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Carl Norac was (...)


Carl Norac’s books for children and volumes of poetry for adults have been published widely in Belgium, where he was born.


Carl Norac was born in Mons, Belgium, in 1960, the son of a writer and an actress. His early years were spent on a city housing estate, surrounded by playmates with whom he would act out Enid Blyton’s tales of adventure. His father later built a chalet and the family left the city to live in the middle of a forest. The importance of nature in his books comes from these years spent wandering among the trees. Every day after school, Carl went walking alone in the forest, making up stories. At the time, his parents owned a traveling puppet theatre and from the age of 12, Carl took part in their shows.

As a teenager, Carl wrote poems and received his first literary prize at the age of eighteen. This is when he started to travel throughout the world, mainly in Asia but also in Africa and the Americas. His children’s books are sometimes inspired by these travels that took him from sandy deserts to icy arctic wastes.

Carl Norac then worked in a number of different fields as a French teacher, a television scriptwriter, and a journalist before devoting himself completely to his passion—writing. In addition to poetry and plays, he has written about fifty children’s books and has received a lot of price ( He was also in the Honour List for The Andersen Prize in 2004 ) . Some of these, such as Les mots doux (I Love You So Much), have been translated more than twenty different languages with worldwide success. When he writes, the part he likes best is expressing the characters’ feelings. “A little bit of gentleness in a strange world.” These last years, he wrote some books directly in english, especially for Macmillan Chlidren’s Book ( with a american edition also by Clarion Books ). “My daddy is a giant” and “My mummy is magic”, the two first ones, are already translated in many languages. Carl Norac is the father of a little girl called Else.



“Adorable illustrations create the magic for this simple, sweet story of Lola, a hamster, and the day she searches for the right time to say, ‘I love you.’”—School Library Journal

Reassuring words of a parent's love echo throughout a trio of spring titles that have already captured the hearts of booksellers and consumers. Holding the #2 spot on PW's bestseller list just two months after its January launch is I Love You So Much by Carl Norac, illustrated by Claude K. Dubois (Doubleday), first published by Pastel in France in 1996. After several trips back to press, this small-format, $9.95 jacketed hardcover now has 100,000 copies in print.
According to Andrew Smith, director of marketing for BDD Books for Young Readers, the book's sales received a significant boost from its inclusion in Barnes and Noble's First Book Storytime Program, and its promotion in postcard racks in such spots as restaurants and gyms. Though Smith and his colleagues realized that the book's low price and concept -- Lola, an impatient young hamster, waits all day to find the right time to tell her parents how she feels about them -- gave this title double appeal, they were pleasantly surprised at how quickly the book moved out of stores, thanks in part to a counter display that the booksellers we questioned deemed "adorable." This, as well as in-store event kits and buttons, helped make I Love You So Much what Smith termed "the fastest-selling picture book in recent BDD history." The publisher is planning a promotional campaign as Mother's Day approaches and will bring Lola back in another similarly themed book next January.
Sally Lodge -- 4/20/98 PUBLISHERS WEEKLY


From Publishers Weekly
Daddy looms large both figuratively and literally in Norac's (I Love You So Much) ode to a father from a child's perspective. While the words convey the child's belief that daddy possesses extraordinary powers, the pictures demonstrate that daddy's true strength derives from his consistent, loving involvement in his child's life, whether cuddling, playing games or just being there. Children may enjoy this story's gentle humor best from the warmth of Daddy's lap.

From School Library Journal
PreS–Norac's paean to a larger-than-life father breaks no new ground, but it will entertain youngsters nonetheless. The unnamed narrator claims that his father is a giant who can sneeze up a hurricane, kick a soccer ball to the moon, and make the ground shake when he runs. "But I'm not scared of anything when I'm in my daddy's arms." The simple premise captures the little boy's idolization of his dad well, and will certainly speak to children everywhere.

From BBC Parenting
This is a big shout out from sons to their dads...because Dad needs love too.