The Musicians of Bremen

A Grimm's Fairy Tale

Gerda Muller

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  • A gorgeous reimagination of the classic Grimm’s tale about rediscovering your worth and finding a new home
  • Illustrated by award-winning artist Gerda Muller in her characteristically detailed and charming style
  • Gerda Muller is also the creator of the bestselling Seasons board books and the USBBY Outstanding International Book, A Year in Our New Garden

A beautiful new edition of a classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale about four unlikely animal companions, from renowned illustrator Gerda Muller.

275 x 295 mm
Floris Books
Picture Books
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 4 to 7 years
32 pages
Publication date:
16 Jun 2022


Four unlikely companions -- a donkey, a dog, a cat and a rooster -- set off on an adventure to become musicians in the town of Bremen.

When night falls and they're cold and hungry, the friends find a cabin in the forest where they could rest and eat -- if it wasn't home to a band of robbers! Can the animals work together and use their musical voices to chase the thieves away?

Children will love braying along with the donkey, barking with the dog, purring with the cat and crowing with the rooster as the animals discover just what they can do when they work as a team.

This is a beautifully illustrated edition of the classic Grimm's fairy tale about rediscovering your worth and finding a new home. The story is humorously reimagined by renowned author and illustrator Gerda Muller, creator of USBBY-honoured A Year in Our New Garden.


'Ms. Muller's pictures strike a satisfying balance between humour and refinement.'
-- Wall Street Journal

'This lovely, graceful treatment of the Grimm’s classic folktale of four elderly animals will be a great update to library collections... It’s hard to overstate the charm of Muller’s illustrations. The characters have so much personality and yet retain their animal qualities: the dog stops to scratch his ear with his hind leg, the cat pokes curiously at a tiny snail, and the rooster puffs up his little wings when he gets ready to crow. Wonderful details on every page will make this a version children return to again and again.'
-- Youth Services Book Review, 5 stars

'In this new retelling from Floris Books, Gerda Muller's illustrations are extremely attractive. The endpapers are gorgeous.'
-- School Library Association

'Warm and lively illustrations.'
-- Homeschooling Abhi, Instagram

Praise for Gerda Muller:

'Unpredictable, stimulating and ultimately confidence-inducing ... Gerda Muller draws each activity and animal with great detail and attention. Leaf shapes are accurate, and the picture of the children making their hideout from sticks and leaves is as good as a scouting manual; for readers with access to woods this could prove to be a useful as well as a handsome book.'
-- The New York on A Year Around the Great Oak

'An exquisite work of art with a timeless quality... This is a must for all libraries and schools.'
-- Carousel on A Year Around the Great Oak

'A handsomely illustrated retelling of the classic cautionary tale, brooms and all.’
-- Kirkus Reviews on The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

A beautiful interpretation of the classic story with fabulously intricate pictures which will give extra enjoyment.'
-- Creative Steps on Goldilocks and the Three Bears

'The beautifully detailed paintings invite close inspection as the seasons change.'
-- School Library Journal on A Year In Our New Garden

‘Gerda Muller’s enchanting illustrations, filled with details, will keep little readers engaged.’
-- San Francisco Book Review on A Year In Our New Garden

‘Exquisite in beauty and detail.’
-- Youth Services Book Review on How Does My Fruit Grow?


Gerda Muller is an acclaimed Dutch children's author and illustrator. Born in 1926 in Naarden, Netherlands, Gerda studied at the Fine Arts School of Amsterdam and L'École Estienne of Paris and has lived in France for over 70 years. Gerda's greatest inspiration is her love of nature and her picture books are treasured for their vibrant and detailed illustrations of the natural world. Gerda has illustrated over 120 books for children many of which have been translated into multiple languages. She is the creator of The Wildwood Elves, The Town Musicians of Bremen, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the wordless Seasons board books, Where Do They Go When It Rains?, A Year Around the Great Oak, and A Year in Our New Garden, a USBBY Outstanding International Book.

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