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W.O. Kühne

Biographical info

Wilhelm Otto (W.O.) Kühne was born near Graaff-Reinet in 1924. He taught at Vredehoek Primary School for a few years. Later he joined the staff of Die Burger where he worked, among other things, as a yachting reporter. He subsequently worked at Die Huisgenoot and Sarie Marais. He was also the editor of Die Jongspan.

W.O. Kühne is best known for his Huppelkind stories. They were first published as stories in Klein Burger and were published as six separate Huppelkind books by Tafelberg from 1958 to 1960. In 1982 a collection, Huppel en sy maats, was published. In 1960 W.O. Kühne was the first recipient of the C.P. Hoogenhout award for Huppel verjaar. He also wrote quite a number of other children's and youth books such as Kassie Krog in die knyp (1960), Die kring van Keerom (1962) and Die wonderbaarlike motor van Barnabas Bombas (1981). W.O. Kühne died in 1988.

Did you know?

  • He married the well-known illustrator of children’s books, Dorothy Hill, in 1951. She illustrated most of his books. She was also famous for her illustrations in the first Liewe Heksie books.

Author bookshelf

Huppel en sy maats, Tafelberg (2007)


C.P. Hoogenhout Award (1960) – Huppel verjaar
Nasionale Boekhandel Youth Story Competition (1961) – Die kring van Keerom

List of titles

Children’s and Youth books
1957 Die nagvlieërs, Tafelberg
1958 Die indringers, Tafelberg
1958 Huppelkind, Tafelberg
1958 Huppel maak ’n plan, Tafelberg
1959 Wip-Huppel-Wip, Tafelberg
1959 Vrolike Huppelkind, Tafelberg
1960 Huppel by die water, Tafelberg
1960 Huppel verjaar, Tafelberg
1960 Kassie Krog in die knyp, Tafelberg
1981 Die wonderbaarlike motor van Barnabas Bombas, Nasionale Boekhandel
1962 Die mededingers, Tafelberg
1962 Die kring van Keerom, Tafelberg
1975 Hoera vir Klaas Jas!, Tafelberg
1975 Piet-’n-Jan, Tafelberg
1981 Die waterskeiding, Tafelberg
1981 Die vloedramp, Tafelberg
1983 Pot, graaf en houtvurk, Tafelberg
1984 Die wonderbaarlike wedervaringe van Jurie Losper en Broer Herklaas, Tafelberg
1983 Pip in Otterland, Tafelberg
1985 Eendag was daar ’n witborskraai: ’n fantasieverhaal, Tafelberg

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