One of the books he wrote, "Het Goedige Monster" ('The Soft-natured Monster'), has been on my bookshelf for as long as I can remember. It, and the sequel "Het Goedige Monster en de Rovers" ('The Soft-natured Monster and the Robbers') were the two books we gave to Joep when he was born. The sequel is his favourite book -- when we were in Denmark last June, I read him the story and we looked at the pictures together.
Max Velthuijs won the Hans Christian Andersen Award ('The Nobel-prize for childrens books') last year. He was 81 years old -- he died today of lung cancer.