Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer (Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver)

Jim Button is a little black boy living on the tiny island of Lummerland. When Jim grows bigger, there is simply no longer enough space for everybody. Someone has to go, decides King Alfons the Quarter-to-Twelfth. But should that someone really be Emma, the locomotive of Jim’s best friend Luke? Jim cannot allow that. Together with the engine driver and Emma he leaves the island and sets off on the great adventure: Transparent trees, stripy mountains, apparent giants and dragons cross their way. In the end, however, Jim is not only able to solve the enigma of his birth; he also manages to free the beautiful princess Li Si. And even for their return to Lummerland a solution is found.
Today, Michael Ende’s first great success belongs into every child’s bookcase. Jim Button and his friend Luke the engine driver have been loved by countless children and by the young of hearts.

Details

  • First publication: Thienemann Verlag 1960
  • Translations:
    Albanese, American English, Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, Danish, Estonian, French, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Catalan, Korean, Lithuanian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Swedish, Swiss German, Serbo-Croatian, Slovenian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, Hungarian
  • Current German edition:
    Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer (illustrated by F. J. Tripp)
    Hardcover, 272 pages, Thienemann Verlag 2015

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Audio Book

  • Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer (ungekürzte Ausgabe)
    Unabridged reading by Christoph Maria Herbst, Silberfisch 2018
  • Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer. Die Komplettlesung
    Unabridged reading by Robert Missler, Silberfisch 2015

 

 

Film

  • Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer
    Germany 1961. 5 parts with marionettes. (Augsburger Puppenkiste, black and white)
  • Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer
    Germany 1976. 4 parts with marionettes from Augsburger Puppenkiste (colour), at Hessischer Rundfunk.
  • Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer
    Germany 2018. Rat Pack & Malao. With bonus material. Director: Dennis Gansel. Warner, 110 min.
 

Animated Picture

  • Jim Knopf (Jim Button), animated picture series
    Germany/France 1999–2000. 52 parts, 25 minutes each, Director: Bruno Bianchi.
  • Jim Knopf (Jim Button), animated picture series
    Japan 1974 (Kodansha).