Mats Vänehem

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Agent

Mathilde Coffy

Foreign Rights Director | Children's Books

Agent

Mathilde Coffy

Foreign Rights Director | Children's Books

Category: Children

Mats Vänehem

Mats Vänehem is an illustrator and an archaeologist. He started as an illustrator of children’s books with the Easy-to-read series The School for Knights together with the author Magnus Ljunggren. The duo creates the football series The Best Club as well.

Mats also collaborates with the author Martin Widmark and makes the illustrations for the books about the boy Halvdan Viking. Beside this, he published his own picture book in 2010, called Hitta Historien.

In parallel with his work as an archaeologist for many years, he has been freelance as a cartoonist all the time. It has mostly become illustrations of and for historical facts. The pictures have been used in teaching materials, magazines, dissertations, popular science books and so on. They can also be seen in exhibitions at various museums around Sweden.

Books by Mats Vänehem

The Bear is on the Run!

Magnus Ljunggren

An easy-to-read adventure for beginner readers!The children at the School of Knights are at the village market. There they come upon some pranksters, one of whom has a real live bear in a big cage. But animals should not be in cages, they think. And…

Swedish title: Björnen är lös!

Series: The School for Knights

Category: Children

Pub date: 01-07-2021

Format: 148 x 210 mm, 64 pages, colour

The Dangerous Duel

Magnus Ljunggren

An easy-to-read adventure for beginners! Egon, Fiona and Urban get curious when a theatre company comes to the castle. But the knights are not very impressed and start quarrelling with the actors. Now there is going to be a duel at dawn! And how will…

Swedish title: Den farliga duellen

Series: The School for Knights

Category: Children

Pub date: 01-07-2020

Format: 148 x 210 mm, 64 pages, colour

The Crazy Treasure Hunt

Magnus Ljunggren

Egon, Fiona and Urban find a real treasure map, and they are soon on the treasure hunt of the century. Along the way, they have to face a waterfall, dangerous traps and an angry dragon. But the worst is yet to come…

Swedish title: Den galna skattjakten

Series: The School for Knights

Category: Children

Pub date: 02-07-2019

Format: 148x210 mm, 64 pages, color

The Big Cheat

Magnus Ljunggren

Knights and adventures in this easy-to-read and playful book for girls and boys that have just started to read.The King’s cousin the Emperor is visiting and he has the children from the school in the castle with him. It’s time to see whichof the cous…

Swedish title: Det stora fusket

Series: The School for Knights

Category: Children

Pub date: 02-07-2018

Format: 148 x 210 mm, 64 pages, colour

Bad Luck in the Castle

Magnus Ljunggren

An easy to read adventure about knights for boys and girls that have just started to read. This exciting tale complete with action-packed illustrations is about the three friends Egon, Fiona and Urban.   The king is planning a magnificent birthday pa…

Swedish title: Otur i borgen

Series: The School for Knights

Category: Children

Pub date: 03-07-2017

Format: 148 x 210mm, 64 pages, color

The Best Club

Magnus Ljunggren

It all starts with a new player on the team. He is very good and Joel, who up to now has been one of the better players, feels threatened. The team is going on tour but Joel is only interested in his own game and showing that he is the best in the te…

Swedish title: Öppet mål

Category: Children

Pub date: 01-09-2016

Format: 148 x 210 mm, 80 pages, b/w illustrations

Write and Tell with the School for Knights

Magnus Ljunggren

What would happen if a giant came to the fortress? Or a wicked magician! Thinking “What if…” is the best way to begin a story with writes Magnus Ljunggren. He has written scripts for television, books for young people and all thirteen books about t…

Swedish title: Skriv och berätta med Riddarskolan

Series: The School for Knights

Category: Children

Pub date: 01-07-2016

Format: 148 x21O mm, 64 pages, calar

The Secret Letter

Magnus Ljunggren

Excitement, drama and humor in an entertaining mixture of the life of a knight and a school setting. Entertaining reading for both boys and girls who have just learned to read on their own, with cool, action-packed illustrations. The series about the…

Swedish title: Det hemliga brevet

Series: The Shcool for Knights

Category: Children

Pub date: 01-07-2016

Format: 148 x21O mm, 64 pages, color

Alone in the Castle

Magnus Ljunggren

All the grown-ups are at a party in the village. But for Egon, Fiona and Urban the evening in the castle is anything but a quiet one. Lucky that they are always on the alert! Magnus Ljunggren and Mats Vänehem’s series The School for Knights are easy-…

Swedish title: Ensamma i borgen

Series: The School for Knights

Category: Children

Pub date: 01-07-2015

Format: 148x210 mm, 64 pages, color

The Vikings

Mats Vänehem

A book about Vikings by Mats Vänehem who has written, illustrated and dug deep—like the archaeologist he is! Who were the Vikings? Go on an exciting dig among prehistoric graves, houses, boats and sacrificial places. Every object that is found is a p…

Swedish title: Vikingar

Category: Children

Pub date: 10-06-2015

Format: 250 x 290 mm, 48 pages, color

Trim the Team

Magnus Ljunggren

Zickan gets the football boots of her dreams as a birthday present, but she’s not chosen to play in the match—she sits on the sidelines. The best club’s usual trainer is sick and a couple of parents are helping out, but they trim the team! Zickan is…

Swedish title: Toppa laget

Series: The Best Club

Category: Children

Pub date: 15-04-2015

Format: 148x210 mm, 80 pages, b/w illustrations

Lost in the Dark Forest

Magnus Ljunggren

Swedish title: Vilse i mörka skogen

Series: The School for Knights

Category: Children

Pub date: 01-07-2014

Format: 64 pages, 148 x 210 mm, color

A Lucky Shot

Magnus Ljunggren

The hightlight of the year is only a few days away – the Derby Cup! Last year both the boys and girls teams lost the finals to Ekeby. The boys were winning a bit into the first half of the game with 2-0 and yet they lost! This year they would take th…

Swedish title: Stolpe in

Series: The Best Club

Category: Children

Pub date: 17-03-2014

Format: 80 pages, 148 x 210 mm, b/w illustrations

How Rodrick Became a Knight

Magnus Ljunggren

Welcome to a non-fiction adventure in the series The School for Knights. The School for Knights’ teacher Rodrick is back to tell about how he became a knight. Magnus Ljunggren’s fun and catchy text illustrated by Mats Vänehem’s detailed, vivid pictur…

Swedish title: Hur Rodrick blev riddare

Series: The School for Knights

Category: Children

Pub date: 05-08-2013

Format: 64 pages, 148 x 210 mm, color

A Dragon of Ones Own

Magnus Ljunggren

Knights, excitement, humour, and easy to read in a playful mix for girls and boys who are just beginning to read themselves. Entertaining read with speedy and tough illustrations. The three friends Egon, Fiona and Urban attending The School for Knigh…

Swedish title: En egen drake

Series: The School for Knights

Category: Children

Pub date: 15-07-2013

Format: 64 pages, 148 x 210 mm, color

Tough Game

Magnus Ljunggren

In the new series about The Best Club by Magnus Ljungren and Mats Väneholm, there are two teams that train together, a boys team and a girls team. The books are as much about football as of life off the football pitch. These are perfect books for chi…

Swedish title: Tufft spel

Series: The Best Club

Category: Uncategorized

Pub date: 25-03-2013

Format: 80 pages, b/w illustrations, 148 x 210 mm

Bamboozled

Magnus Ljunggren

Yalam and Samir train on the same team. They`ll take the bus home from a match as no-one has the time to pick them up but they have been given money for   sweets. They can’t think of anything but the sweets so things don’t go well either on the footb…

Swedish title: Bortdribblad

Series: The Best Club

Category: Children

Pub date: 25-03-2013

Format: 80 pages, b/w illustrations, 148 x 210 mm

Defending the Castle

Magnus Ljunggren

Take cover! When author Magnus Ljunggren and illustrator and archaeologist Mats Vänehem tell what could happen during a siege in the Middle Ages it becomes more than just facts. Welcome to a breathtaking non-fiction adventure in the series The School…

Swedish title: Slaget om borgen

Series: The School for Knights

Category: Children

Pub date: 30-07-2012

Format: 64 pages, 148 x 210 mm, color

The Giants are Attacking!

Magnus Ljunggren

Knights, excitement, humour, and easy to read in a playful mix for girls and boys who are just beginning to read themselves. Entertaining read with speedy and tough illustrations. The three friends Egon, Fiona and Urban attending The School for Knigh…

Swedish title: Jättarna anfaller!

Series: The School for Knights

Category: Children

Pub date: 01-03-2012

Format: 64 pages, 148 x 210 mm, color

Party in the Castle

Magnus Ljunggren

Knights, excitement, humour, and easy to read! The castle is celebrating 850 years and there is to be a big party with lots of guests. The King’s priceless jewels are to be on display for the occasion too. The magician Zeke arrives before the p…

Swedish title: Fest i borgen!

Series: The School for Knights

Category: Children

Pub date: 21-02-2011

Format: 64 pages, 148 x 210 mm, color

Horrible Harald

Magnus Ljunggren

Swedish title: Hemska Harald

Series: The School for Knights

Category: Children

Pub date: 25-07-2010

Format: 64 pages, 148 x 210 mm, color

Finding History

Mats Vänehem

A non-fiction book fun for both kids and adults!Come along on a journey of discovery in pictures, and learn some interesting facts into the bargain! “Finding History” is a fantastic, fascinating historical picture book that describes one particular p…

Swedish title: Hitta historien

Category: Children

Pub date: 29-03-2010

Format: 32 pages, 210x280, colour

Small is Best

Magnus Ljunggren

Knights, excitement, humour, and easy to read!When the knights play football, anything goes – if you have the nerve!Knights, excitement, humour and easy reading in a playful mixture of the life of a knight and a school environment for both boys and g…

Swedish title: Liten är bäst!

Series: The School for Knights

Category: Children

Pub date: 08-03-2010

Format: 64 pages, 148x210 mm, color

The Headlong Gallop

Magnus Ljunggren

The School for Knights is a series about three friends, Egon, Fiona and Urban, who attend the school for knights.Egon, Fiona and Urban have just finished their first riding lesson, and have discovered how cool riding is. When the other pupils return…

Swedish title: Den vilda galoppen

Series: The School for Knights

Category: Children

Pub date: 11-05-2009

Format: 64 pages, 148 x 210 mm, color

The Best Knight in the World

Magnus Ljunggren

Knights, excitement, humour, and easy to read!Excitement, drama and humour in an entertaining mixture of the life of a knight and a school setting, perfect for both boys and girls. Entertaining reading for children who have just learned to read on th…

Swedish title: Världens bästa riddare

Series: The School for Knights

Category: Children

Pub date: 09-03-2009

Format: 64 pages, 148 x 210 mm, colour

The Dreadful Dragon

Magnus Ljunggren

Egon, Fiona and Urban succeed in stopping the dragon from destroying the castle and the entire school for knights; their methods are somewhat unexpected! Excitement, drama and humour in an entertaining mixture with a high recognition factor, perfect…

Swedish title: Den hemska draken

Series: The School for Knights

Category: Children

Pub date: 17-03-2008

Format: 64 pages, 148 x 210 mm, color

The Magic Sword

Magnus Ljunggren

The School for Knights is a series about three friends, Egon, Fiona and Urban, who attend the school for knights and are training to be knights.In the second completely free-standing story The Magic Sword the three friends first of all manage to lose…

Swedish title: Det magiska svärdet

Series: The School for Knights

Category: Children

Pub date: 17-03-2008

Format: 64 pages, color