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Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer

(Jim Knopf #1)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  7,444 ratings  ·  154 reviews
Lukas der Lokomotivführer lebt mit seiner Lokomotive Emma auf der Insel Lummerland. Eines Tages bringt das Postschiff ein rätselhaftes Paket: ein Baby! Als Jim Knopf, der kleine Junge aus dem Paket, größer wird, ist bald nicht mehr genug Platz für alle Bewohner auf der kleinen Insel. So verlassen Jim, Lukas und Emma ihre Heimat und gehen auf große Abenteuerfahrt. Eine ungl ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published February 2004 by Thienemann (first published 1960)
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"Pippi," said Annika one day when they were eating pancakes in Villa Villekulla's pleasant kitchen, "Everyone knows you're the strongest person in the world. But who's next strongest?"

"Starke Adolf," said Pippi at once. "Remember I wrestled him to the ground at the fair and won a hundred kronor?"

"Oh yes!" said Tommy. "Of course. And who's third?"

"Ah," said Pippi. "I'm glad you asked me that question. It's my old friend Lukas the Engine-Driver, and now I think I need to go visit him again."

Ahmad Sharabiani
Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer = ‎Jim Buttom and Luke the Engine Driver (Jim Knopf #1), Michael Ende

Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver is a German children's novel written by Michael Ende. Published in 1960, it became one of the most successful German children's books in the postwar era after having first been rejected by a dozen publishers.

The story begins on a tiny island called Morrowland (original German: Lummerland, a play on Nimmerland [de], the German translation of Neverland
Mar 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver is the story the two title characters and Luke's locomotive Emma. It's a lovely adventure by the author of The Neverending Story. ...more
Missy J
Oh no, the magic is lost! Between 2.5 and 3 stars...

I remember when I was in primary school, we spent an hour every Friday in the school library. Back then my teacher read this book for us, but she never finished the story (she stopped around 30%) because the semester was already over. Many, many years went by and I have always wondered what happened to Jim Knopf and Lukas der Lokomotivfuehrer. I can't help but feel sad. Back then I was so enchanted by the story, it was colorful and magical! But
Julia Winknler
Jan 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Bjoern Rochel
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, with-my-kids
First long book I read together with my son
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
My 300th review on Goodreads!
A very good children's book. Ende knows how to write, that is for sure.
Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
This... did not age well. It feels well-intentioned originally, but it's still racist by today's standards.

CONTENT WARNINGS: Transracial adoption. German N-word.
Apr 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-with-sonya
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.
Mar 11, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-kids
Not a bad book but maybe when you`re a kid you`ll enjoy it much more than when you`re an adult reader.

Still, we have a lot of good things happening...

Loved the illustrations and yes, the romanian version looks great.
3.5 stars.

I fondly remember the anime series I watched as a child. I believe the book is also great for children, yet I did not like it that much as an adult. It was enjoyable and sweet enough but not quite fetching.
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wonderful children´s book for young and old alike.
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Still a better lovestory than Twilight. I read this one after watching the TV series as a kid, and it was just as good. I mean, which kid doesn't love a book about sentient locomotives? It's not as brilliant or meaningful as 'Momo' or 'The Neverending Story', but this one's still a great children's book with fascinating, lovable characters all over the place. It also holds an important lesson at its end: that even the biggest villain has a heart and may turn into something great. ...more
Feb 05, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can only say it was fun!
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: deutch
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 gandhi 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
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The two books about the adventures of Jim Knopf and his fatherly friend Lukas are perhaps the favorite books of my childhood, and certainly among the ones that have most inspired my life. Jim and Lukas, very different from each other and at the same time so similar, embark on an epic adventure with the big-hearted locomotive Emma. The journey leads them to several fantastic countries, and literally to the 'end of the world'. They make friends with many diverse creatures that at first sight seem ...more
This was the first book I'd read in German in many years, and I found the language level to be just about perfect for me - I'd look up a word here or there, but for the most part I either knew the words or could figure them out from context without a struggle, so I was able to just read along. That in itself was enjoyable for me.

The story itself was also amusing, but definitely not something that would be published today. The roles of women within the story are few and extremely traditional. A p
Astrid V.J.
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Revisiting this book, one of my childhood favourites, has been an experience and a lovely trip down memory lane. For one thing, I realised why I loved it so much as a child. Growing up in South Africa, during the transition following the Apartheid government, this fantasy novel with a protagonist of colour spoke to me. I love the fantasy genre but I was always bothered by the whiteness of the genre in the English language. Considering Jim Knopf was published in 1960, it was well ahead of it's ti ...more
Eirik Gjerløw
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great children's book! Full of adventure and wonder, friendship, a little bit of romance, pirates and dragons, and a train that can double as a ship. Many scenes of this book, which I read so many years ago, still stick with me, like the echo mountains and the cute little society of Lummerland.

The Norwegian translation is interesting because you can tell that it has been translated from German instead of, say, English, in the use of expressions, words, etc.
Patrick von Stutenzee
Children’s books don’t need to be without political content. Michael Ende aimed his first book Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver at grown-ups as much as children. Over 50 Years after its first publication in German, it’s time to have a closer look at a very political children's story.

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This was one of my favourite storys when I was a kid by far. My mom had to read it to me eight times in a row before I finally learned to read and could read it myself. I rember laughing and crying over that book and its wonderful characters.
My first carneval costums was Jim and one year later Lukas followed, it also was the first book I've ever presented in class.
Last year I had to do a presentation in school about children books and I used this book as a example and remembered, how much I love
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful story, for young readers ostensibly, but Ende has, as always, put together the German language masterfully, and painted a picture of a world so vivid in its imagination, so full of surprises, so believable yet so absurd that it's hard to even think about putting down the book for the sheer delight of it all. What blessing that there's a sequel. ...more
Well... Book was pretty good but I didn't like it that much. I read it year ago and I just can't get in the book. I didn't feel like I love it so much. You really can have different opinion. I hope you will read it :) ...more
Marina Sofia
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Read this (while translating simultaneously) to my children. Such a fun and yet thoughtful book! A classic.
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My all time prefered childhood book :)
Sep 30, 2019 rated it liked it
I have had to read this for my fourth year German course. S'alright. A bit racist though. ...more
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a adventure book! ...more
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: realism
My dad used to read it to me & it was def one of my fav as a kid
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The best dose of childhood nostalgia that I needed right now.
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Michael Andreas Helmuth Ende was a German writer of fantasy and children's literature. He was the son of the surrealist painter Edgar Ende.

Ende was one of the most popular and famous German authors of the 20th century, mostly due to the enormous success of his children's books. However, Ende was not strictly a children’s author, as he also wrote books for adults. Ende claimed, "It is for this chil

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