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Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver (Jim Knopf #1)

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Having turned their railroad engine into a boat and set sail for adventure because their island has become too crowded, Jim Button and Luke try to rescue the kidnapped Princess of China from Dragontown.
Hardcover, 226 pages
Published July 27th 1990 by Overlook Press (first published 1960)
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Julia Winknler
This is the story of a little boy called Jim Knopf and he lives with his best friend on the little Island LUmmerland. LUmmerland also has a king, and a few people who live on the beautiful Island. Frau Waas is the mother ( though not the real one) of Jim. WHen Jim was still a baby he came in a package for a woman called Frau Mahlzahn. But there was only one lady on LUmmerland and so Jim is the son of frau waas. One day , as Jim is allready 7 years old, The king says that the island is to small f ...more
El Templo de las Mil Puertas
"Cuando hablamos de Michael Ende nos vienen a la mente dos de sus obras maestras: Momo y La historia interminable, quizá porque ambas fueron popularizadas por el cine. Sin embargo, Ende escribió muchas cosas más. Entre sus obras infantiles destaca, sobre todo, ese gran derroche de fantasía, humor y ternura que son las aventuras de Jim Botón, que es un auténtico clásico de la literatura infantil alemana. A pesar de publicarse en dos volúmenes (Jim Botón y Lucas el maquinista y Jim Botón y los Tre ...more
Red
the books of ende are places to be. neverending story is best as an example. in momo you find the protagonist having a strong imagination like ende has. but these places are always threatend by forces to overcome. jim knopf is on a quest against a dragon in dragoncity. but unlike the original he is not killing the dragon but making it golden. sort of ghandi inspired i quess. this is not the most mature work of ende but the most pure. here i can imagine him telling a story to children not knowing ...more
Catarina
Palavras não descrevem o quanto eu amava este livro em criança! Era tudo de fantástico e misterioso num livro de capa dura que de tanto ler acabei por estragar com grande pena minha. Mesmo sem a capa, o livro ainda vive! Um dos melhores para crianças sem dúvida!
Pavel
This is one of those masterpieces of literature for children, which brings a lot of fun and light to their parents as well (Tove Jansen maybe closest example). Imaginery world is mixed and shaken here with the real one, with a little touch of satire and lot of humor. You always know where real China ends and imaginary one starts, but you hardly notice how it happens.
Little island kingdom has one king and three subjects, untill one fine day they get the fourth - black baby foundling - Jim Knopf.
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Duesterwald-Online
Inhalt:
Die Geschichte beginnt auf Lummerland, wo Lukas, Lokomotivführer der Dampflok Emma, lebt. Eines Tages treibt ein kleines Päckchen an den Strand. Darin liegt ein kleines schwarzes Baby. Frau Waas nimmt das Kind auf, das von nun an Jim Knopf heißt.
Als der Kleine aber größer wird, wird Lummerland zu klein für all seine Bewohner. Die Dampflok Emma soll die Insel verlassen. Mit ihr gehen Lukas und Jim. Und damit beginnt das Abenteuer.

Meinung:
Eine Insel mit zwei Bergen und im tiefen weiten Mee
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بهمن بهمن
میشاییل انده در 1929 به دنیا آمد. در آلمان به دنیا آمد؛ و از همان نوجوانی شروع کرد به گفتن شعر و نوشتن داستان کوتاه. انده از همان اول دوست داشت نمایشنامه نویس شود. خیلی هم دوست داشت اما آخرش هم نتوانست یک کار پرطرفدار ارایه کند. خب! بالاخره در سرزمین برتولت برشت، باید خیلی سرت بشود از این کار، تا تحویل ات بگیرند. نگرفتند و شانس آورد! چون پول احتیاج داشت.

- به تقاضای یک دوست نقاش متنی برای کتاب مصورش نوشت. اسم این کتاب جیم دگمه و لوکاس لوکوموتیوران بود و یک دفعه خیلی مشهور شد و در 1961 برنده جایز
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Fabulantes
Reseña: http://www.fabulantes.com/2013/01/jim...
"En Jim Botón y Lucas el maquinista, y luego en obras posteriores, (Michael Ende) nos advierte: “Es un libro sólo para niños. Toda persona mayor que lo lea deberá hacerlo acompañada de un niño”. Sólo un niño puede encontrar una lógica aplastante en las cosas que acontecen en esta novela."
Zeb
Lukas the Steam Engine Driver was one of my Childhood role models. Michael Ende's first book to become a best seller, it is very much part of my childhood; or one could go further: Ende with this and his other books helped to shape my worldview: things are not always what they seem to be. His genius idea of the "Schein-Riese", the aparent giant, who, unlike all others who are "Schein-Zwerge", aparent dwarfes, appears taller and taller the further away you step. This poor Scheinriese was hiding a ...more
Birgül
Çocukken çok sevdiğim çizgifilmin kitabı tabi ki de apayrı bir tat bıraktı bende. Ne kadar "çocuk kitabi" olsa da, yetişkinlere de hitap eden cinsten bir hikayeydi. Basit ve sıkıcı öğelere yer yok, yaratıcı ve sürükleyici; tüm küçük çocuklara ve içindeki çocuğu büyütmek istemeyenlere tavsiye ederim.
Fi °♥° LoveMoonStars
Nov 14, 2014 Fi °♥° LoveMoonStars rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys Children's Fantasy/Adventure

"Würden bringen eben Bürden, wie schon ein altes mandalanisches Sprichwort sagt."

Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer gehen auf eine wundervolle Reise...



I really enjoyed this book from Michael Ende. It's just how I would imagine a Children's-Fantasy story to be.
No violence, no bad words, and it reads very easily and harmonically.
It's also not very frightning for children and the characters were adorable and enjoyable.
There were even wise words in this story. 4.5* Stars for me.
Terje Fredvik
[Based on Norwegian translation] Jim Knapp og Lukas Lokomotivfører var en fantastisk bok da jeg hørte den opplest på radioen for 30 år siden. Da jeg leste den på nytt nå for datteren min må jeg innrømme at den ikke var like altoppslukende fengende, verken for meg eller den unge. Det er fortsatt en god og spennende bok, men den norske oversettelsen bærer preg av å være gammel. Mange vanskelige og ukjente ord, både for meg (40 år) og datteren (7 år)! En del omstendelig dialog. Men fortsatt underho ...more
Olaya Valle
Le tengo mucho cariño a este libro. Es de un tono mucho más infantil que La historia interminable, muchísimo más que Momo, pero derrocha imaginación y las aventuras de sus protagonistas me parecen divertidisimas.
Este libro me lo leyeron de muy pequeña en el colegio y se quedo grabado en mi memoria. En la adolescencia conseguí comprarlo, y aún ahora de vez en cuando me gusta cogerlo y releer algún capítulo para regresar a la infancia XD
Y las ilustraciones son una monada.
Sarah
Als Kind habe ich die Abenteuer von Jim und Lukas einfach geliebt. Als ich vor kurzem in einer recht nostalgischen Phase war, musste ich Jim Knopf einfach noch einmal lesen. Klar, es ist wirklich für kleine Kinder geschrieben, und ich weiß ja, wie es ausgeht, aber ich konnte trotzdem nicht umhin, mir die Haare zu raufen und zu hoffen, dass alles Gut wird. Und das wird es ja auch am Ende :)
Noah
Wow, upon skimming through the first few pages of this again recently, I was amazing to realize how dated and a bit racist this old favorite of mine was. Did I discuss these issues with my father when I read it as a little kid? Or maybe I just wasn't re-reading the book closely... Well, in any case, I loved it when I read it the first time (and maybe the second and third times).
Liloubrun
Je l'ai lu en allemand quand j'étais étudiante et je crois que je l'aurai préféré enfant car je l'ai beaucoup aimé mais sans réussir à rentrer totalement dedans. Distance de la langue et de l'âge...Je le lirai sans doute à mes enfants mais en français (il doit être traduit, non?) car je crois que l'histoire de Lucas les fera rêver.
Jess
More childish than Momo or NeverEnding Story, it was a little magic story that I would say is Thomas the Tank Engine meets Pippi Longstocking. Oddly, I think my translation was bad, because this book had a lot of questionable racial stereotypes that I had never noticed in Ende's books before. Weird.
Alexandra Tobor


Sehr schönes Buch, las ich zum ersten Mal. Verhält sich zu Momo und der Unendlichen Geschichte wie Duplo zu Lego. Das Wort "Neger" kommt vor (gleich mal googeln welche absurden Rassismus-Vorwürfe da wieder laut wurden) und die Helden hocken zusammen im Führerhäuschen: LOL. >:-(
Jose Luis
Demasiado largo para mis pequeños, pero ideal para niños que ya saben leer. Ende era un autor con una imaginación extraordinaria. Entrañable, emocionante y divertido, resultó un libro encantador. Voy a conseguir la segunda historia de Jim ... y de paso otros libros de Ende
Katharina Gerlach
Love it, love it, love it. How I envied Jim Knopf when he got his own steam engine. How I hated the dragon, and laughed at the Chinese Emperors under'ling's. This story is full of wit, adventure, fun, and quirky ideas. Highly recommended for all reading ages.
Tamara
I had forgotten I read this, but it was one of my favorite early childhood books, (I read it in Hebrew, so I can more or less date when I read it.) It was about trains and there were transparent trees, is all I remember, but I loved it.
Iris
Ik heb een nieuwe versie gelezen, waarin China ineens Mandala heet en mevrouw Maas mevrouw Wablief. Dan is de verwarring met mevrouw Maaltand ook niet echt logisch meer, dus ik vond het maar niks. Bovendien miste ik de grappige tekeningen.
 JiixBooks (AlyBlack)
4.5
I really liked this and i will always remember this series as the series that i could finally finish to read out to my brother :)
So many adventures, so much fun and so many wonderful characters!

I really recommend this!
karlakolumna
This brings back some childhood memories...

This was my first larger/longer book, and it is more or less the book that is to blame for my addiction to the written word.

God, how I loved this book. ;)
Sara Kahn
The imaginary landscapes are gorgeous. Characters, especially Jim knopf's character, develop beautifully throughout the book.
There is a description of the book on wikipedia.
B.
Michael Ende ist immer gut! Dieses Buch ist allerdings für menschen über 13 Jahre nicht wirklich gedacht... obwohl es mir trotzdem spaß gemacht hat.
Tora
Fantastisk barnebok, det ventet uventede, spennende, men ikke altfor skumle ting bak hver eneste sving gjennom hele boka. Nydelig!
Víctor García
Historia divertida que se hace medianamente entretenida, aún pensada para lectores infantiles. Y el alemán es asequible.
Márcia
My childhood favorite book. I still love it every time I read it!
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