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Who is shrieking so early?

Written by Ellen DeLange

Illustrated by Zafouko Yamamoto

About 'Who is shrieking so early'

Shriek - Shriek - shriek!

Each day Sam wakes up to the noise of a bird. 

It is so loud! Sam wants to wake up more peacefully... but how?

A sweet story for little early birds.


Age: 5+


Story behind the story

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International publications

'Who is shrieking so early' is (will be) available in:

Dutch (03/2020)

Danish (04/2020)

English (2021)

Bahasa, Indonesian (2021)



Especially in the summer, when my bedroom window is wide open, I wake up (too) early by the sound of shrieking magpies. Laying awake, I thought of strategies to make the birds stop shrieking. I knew that just shouting or yelling at them would not have a long term effect.  I imagined that there should be a smarter way to tackle this problem. This is how the story of 'Who is shrieking so early' came to live. Creativity and out of the box thinking often leads to an unconventional, but effective solution to a problem. 


About the illustrator

Zafeiroula Simopoulou -also known as Zafouko Yamamoto- the world of illustration is a Greek illustrator living and working in Thessaloniki, Greece. During her studies in Architecture, she realised that she loves to illustrate and draw, not buildings but fantastic characters and worlds. So after years of experimenting and self-practice she realised that this is what she wanted to do, illustrate children's books. She has collaborated with Alba Publishing House, Tota Books, Ellinoekdotiki Publishing House and more. She uses different kind of media such as watercolours, gouache, colour pencils and pastels along with layers in Photoshop. She loves the countryside, mountains and animals. She has a dog, Ozzy, whom you can see in several illustrations of hers.



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