Torben Kuhlmann was born in Germany in 1982. Highly creative as a young child, Torben was recognized as early as kindergarten for being a gifted draftsman. He was captivated by small airplanes, strange machines, and steaming trains; these elements made their way into his drawings. He studied illustration and design at the Hamburg University for Applied Sciences. His preferred media are pen and watercolor. He also works with acrylics, oil paints, and digital programs. He works as a freelance illustrator in Hamburg. His books Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse, Moletown, and Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon quickly became best sellers and owe their inventiveness to Torben’s great enthusiasm for unusual mechanical inventions. Edison: The Mystery of the Missing Mouse Treasure, his fourth picture book for NorthSouth Books, was chosen as a 2019 Batchelder Honor.
*Starred Review. Edison is a beautiful and inspiring tale about two tiny creatures who refuse to belittle themselves by accepting the limits of “Never!” and who are awarded with history-shaping truth for their efforts.
– Michelle Anne Schingler, Foreword Reviews
*Starred Review. Kuhlmann has created another science-based adventure full of delightful details.
– Heidi Grange, School Library Journal
As in Kuhlmann's Armstrong (2016) and Lindbergh (2014), the journey turns out to be at least as rewarding as the prize.
– Kirkus Reviews
Recommend this engrossing mix of STEM and animal adventure to kids fascinated by engineering or invention.
– Sarah Hunter, Booklist
Praise for Lindbergh—The Tale of a Flying Mouse
“Lindbergh is a splendid debut.”—The New York Times Sunday Book Review
“Perhaps the most visually stunning book of the year.”—The Huffington Post
Voted One of the Ten Best Indie Picture Books of 2014 by Foreword Magazine
USBBY Outstanding International Book
Praise for Armstrong
“One Small Step for a Mouse' indeed."- Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
“This beautifully illustrated story is a feast for mind and eyes and a strong selection to complement STEAM curricula."—School Library Journal, Starred Review
Praise for Moletown
“Thought-provoking and unique.”—School Library Journal, Starred Review
“A poignant picture book with an unmistakable message and gorgeous, mesmerizing artwork.”—Booklist, Starred Review