Hi. I am Maurits van Huijstee. I'm a Dutch writer. My story is about Diego Dazzler, a gifted boy and his quest against climate change.
The covers of Diego Dazzler (Diego Zonnesteek in dutch) in a row.
This is Rebequin, where Diego lives. In the far south, you have 'Het Grote Witte Niets', the Arctic of Diego's world. Unfortunately, the ice mass is melting fast ...
One day before the start of the national kidsweek, The Telegraaf, Holland's biggest newspaper, decided to publish a story about me and my books. I have no idea who's that lady in the small picture.
During the last national Kidsweek, the Dutch National Radio came to look me up while I was visiting an elementary school. Over half a million people where listening that morning as I read to a death silent class.
In the Netherlands, you have the Netherlands... and then there is Friesland. They feel they're different from the rest of the Dutch. They even have their own language. So, when I was on tour in Friesland, and their newspaper published this story about me, I must say I was very proud.
For half a year, I had the privilege to drive this car: the Burton. It's recycled for 99%, which made it the perfect promotion vehicle to visit elementary schools. The only downside was... they would only lend it to me during the winter.
On tour for part III, Diego Dazzler & The Master of Dreams.
In the Netherlands, its really hard to win the Golden Stylus, the award for the best children's book of the year over-all. Jan Paul Schutten has won it twice. He read Diego Dazzler, and gave me this quote: 'Absolutely recommended.'
Marjan Minnesma is one gutsy woman. With her foundation Urgenda, she sued the state for lacking to protect the Dutch citizens against the consequences of climate change - and they won! The case was covered in the media worldwide, from the BBC to Al Jazeera. Marianne has no time to read my books, as she is busy saving us - but her daughters love them. According to Marjan, my books have motivated her youngest daughter to follow into her mothers' footsteps.
Urgenda won the climate case against the Dutch state, and the lawyer who came up with the whole idea and pulled it through until the end is Roger Cox. This was really David against Goliath - and David won. Roger, his wife and one of his children love my books, and he was kind enough to give an endorsement in one word: 'Great!' Great man.