Mats Vänehem

Agent

Mathilde Coffy

Literary Agent | Children's & YA

Agent

Mathilde Coffy

Literary Agent | Children's & YA

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 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

Halvdan and Meia. Among slaves and gods

Martin Widmark

A Viking adventure and reference book all in one! The author Martin Widmark and archaeologist and illustrator Mats Vänehem take us to the Viking Age’s Uppåkra – the Nordic centre of power and trade a thousand years ago.Halvdan and Meia are best frien…

Swedish title: Halvdan och Meia. Bland trälar och gudar - äventyr och fakta om vikingar

Category: Children

Pub date: 23-10-2018

Format: 195 x 260 mm, 96 pages, b/w ills.

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

Ulfberht’s Sword

Martin Widmark

 The ninth installment in the Halvdan the Viking series invites the reader to excitement, laughter and a great dose of history.  Halvdan, Meia and the monk Do have left England behind and head for Iceland. But a fire-breathing mountain has erupted! F…

Swedish title: Ulfberhts svärd

Series: Halvdan The Viking

Category: Children

Pub date: 15-05-2017

Format: 148x210 mm, 128 pages

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

The Monk’s Promise

Martin Widmark

A dispute breaks out during the autumn market and suddenly Halvdan, Meia and their friend Björn are captured, tied up and on their way to be shipped off as slaves in England! On board the boat is also the mysterious Do, a warrior monk from the Middle…

Swedish title: Munkens löfte

Series: Halvdan The Viking

Category: Children

Pub date: 13-05-2016

Format: 148 x21O mm, b/w illustrations

The Treasure of Seven Brothers

Martin Widmark

The Seven Brother’s Treasure is part of the series Halvdan Viking. Crook and his six bloodthirsty brothers are notorious for their plundering raids where they have no hesitation about killing people over a sack of silver. Having plundered in faraway…

Swedish title: De sju brödernas skatt

Series: Halvdan the Viking

Category: Children

Pub date: 16-10-2015

Format: 112 pages, 148 x 210 mm, B&W illustrations

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

God of the Ice

Martin Widmark

Halvdan and Meja are home again af ter the long journey fromMiklagård. Now it is winter and ice is forming on the river. The two headmen of the East and West villages want to celebrate their homecoming with festivities. But as the villages worship di…

Swedish title: Isens gud

Series: Halvdan the viking

Category: Children

Pub date: 03-11-2014

Format: 128 pages, 148 x 210 mm, 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

The Gateway to Byzantium

Martin Widmark

Inspired by Frans Bengtsson, Martin Widmark really lays it on thick in a series of full-blooded yarns about young Halvdan who ends up in one adventure after the other together with his companion Meia. The Gateway to Byzantium is the fifth part of the…

Swedish title: Miklagårds lås

Series: Halvdan the viking

Category: Children

Pub date: 03-03-2014

Format: 120 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

Queen of the Cascades

Martin Widmark

Taking inspiration from Frans G Bengtsson, Martin Widmark really lays it on thick in a series of full-blooded tales about the young lad Halvdan. Together with his comrade Meia he ends up in one adventure after the other. Queen of the Cascades is the…

Swedish title: Forsens Drottning

Series: Halvdan the viking

Category: Children

Pub date: 29-07-2013

Format: 128 pages, b/W illustrations

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

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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

The wolf’s heart

Martin Widmark

Inspired by the author Frans G. Bengtsson, Martin Widmark has written a series of innovative, outlandish, and drama-filled stories about the adventures of young Halvdan and his friend Mela. The Wolf´s Heart is the third in the series Halvdan the Viki…

Swedish title: Vargens hjärta

Series: Halvdan the viking

Category: Children

Pub date: 08-01-2013

Format: 128 pg, 148x210mm, b/w illustrations

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 Stranger’s grave

Martin Widmark

Martin Widmark has piled on the action in a series of thrilling tall stories about the young boy who lands in one adventure after another, together with his friend Meia. The stranger’s grave is the second part of the series Halvdan the Viking. Halvda…

Swedish title: Främlingens grav

Series: Halvdan the viking

Category: Children

Pub date: 04-06-2012

Format: 128 pages, 148 x 210 mm, b/w illustrations

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

The Chieftain’s Cup

Martin Widmark

Halvdan the Viking is a new series by Martin Widmark and illustrator Mats Vänehem. The young boy Halvdan who finds himself in one adventure after the other, together with his friend Meia. In this first part of the Halvdan the Viking series, The Chief…

Swedish title: Hövdingens bägare

Series: Halvdan the Viking

Category: Children

Pub date: 22-12-2011

Format: 128 pages, b/W illustrations

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