Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver

Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver
Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver

About the book

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

  • Pages: 244
  • First published in: 1960
  • ISBN: 3522176502
  • Edition: Hardcover
  • Illustrations: F. J. Tripp
  • Original publisher: Thienemann Verlag
  • 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

Press Reviews

Give my love especially to the make-believe giant Turtur. Tell him that I have to think of him often, when I have to deal with political opponents.
The German ex-minister of finance Hans Eichel in an address for Jim Button’s 40th birthday
At the end of this story we were all a little bit better people.
Die Welt

Other editions

  • New Editions:
    Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer
    (Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver)

    Illustrated by Reinhard Michl, 256 pages, Stuttgart 1983.
  • Paperback:
    Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer
    (Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver)

    Several editions, e.g.: Bertelsmann 1995, 254 pages.
  • For the youngest:
    • Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer machen einen Ausflug
      (Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver, Go on a Trip)

      Ende, M./Dölling, Beate/Weber, Mathias:
      Mini-edition, 32 pages. Thienemann Verlag 2005 and 2007.
    • Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer gehen durch dick und dünn
      (Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver,
       Go through Thick and Thin)
      Ende, M./Dölling, Beate/Weber, Mathias:
      32 pages. Thienemann Verlag 2007.
    • Wie Jim Knopf nach Lummerland kam
      (How Jim Button Came to Lummerland)

      Ende, M./Dölling, Beate:
      Thienemann Verlag 2006, 32 pages
Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver
Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver
Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver
Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver

Audiobook

  • Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer Teil 1-3
    (Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver Part 1-3)

    Read by Robert Missler, Silberfisch 2011
  • Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer
    (Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver)

    2 parts, 2 CD, Karussell (PolyGram) several editions, also available as als MC.
Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver
Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver

Radio Play

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

    Radio play in three parts, starring Ulrich Noethen, Jörg Schüttauf, Wolfgang Völz and others, Silberfisch 2014
  • Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer
    (Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver)

    Radio play in three parts, with music by Aleida Montijn. Told by Michael Ende, with Rainer Plank, Heinz Stöwer and others. 3 CDs, Karussell (Universal) several editions, also available as MC.
Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver
Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver

Film

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

    Germany 1961. 5 parts with marionettes. (Augsburger Puppenkiste, black and white)
  • Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer
    (Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver)

    Germany 1976. 4 parts with marionettes from Augsburger Puppenkiste (colour).
  • Loved by generations:
    Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer
    (Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver)

    Augsburger Puppenkiste from 1976, VHS, 4 parts, Karussell, 1994. Also available as DVD from Lighthouse Home Entertainment 2004.
  • New:
    Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer
    (Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver)

    Augsburger Puppenkiste at Hessischer Rundfunk 1976, with additional bonus material, director: Manfred Jenning. From S.A.D. Home Entertainment, 135 min.
Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver
Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver

Animated Picture

  • Jim Knopf (Jim Button), animated picture series
    Germany/France 1996. 52 parts, 25 minutes each.
  • Jim Knopf (Jim Button), animated picture series
    Japan 1974 (Kodansha)
Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver
Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver

For schools

  • Heidi Rösch:
    Jim Knopf ist (nicht) schwarz. (Jim Button is [not] Black)
    Anti-/Racism in children’s literature and their didactics. Schneider Verlag 2000.

Other

  • Friedhelm Moser:
    Jim Knopf und die sieben Weisen
    (Jim Button and the Seven Wise Men)

    A philosophical introduction to Lummerland’s locotivism. Eichborn Verlag 1996. A humorous discourse for those who believes that you shouldn’t learn philosophy at university but rather at Augsburger Puppenkiste. And even more for those who do not believe it.
  • CD-ROM:
    Jim Knopf und Lukas, der Lokomotivführef
    (Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver)
    Concept and screenplay: Sylvia Franz, Urs M. E. Streidl, Katrin Hessing 2003.
  • Englisch lernen mit Jim Knopf und Lukas dem Lokomotivführer – Teil 1-3
    (Learn English with Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver)

    Radio Play, Silberfisch 2013
  • Jim Knopf findet's raus
    (Jim Button finds out)
    Read by Robert Missler, Silberfisch 2010
Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver
Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver