Antonius Otto Hermannus (Toon) Tellegen (born 18 November 1941) is a Dutch writer, poet, and physician, known for children's books, especially those featuring anthropomorphised animals, particularly those about an ant and a squirrel. His writings are also enjoyed by adults, due to the amusing, bizarre situations that Tellegen creates, as well as their dealings with philosophical subjects.
Tellegen was born in Brielle. He studied medicine at the University of Utrecht, and worked as a general practitioner in Amsterdam. After writing for many years mainly for adults, Tellegen switched to children's stories. His first children's book, written in 1984, was Er ging geen dag voorbij: negenenveertig verhalen over de eekhoorn en de andere dieren (English: Not A Day Went By: forty-nine tales of the squirrel and other animals). In these stories, the ant and the squirrel often play the lead role, and many of his stories touch on philosophical concepts.
1984 - Er ging geen dag voorbij. Negenenveertig verhalen over de eekhoorn en de andere dieren (Not A Day Goes By: forty-nine tales of the squirrel and other animals)'
1985 – "Ik ga op reis" zei de eekhoorn ("I'm Going on a Trip" said the squirrel). Uitgave Amstelveen, Zondagsdrukkers; op 45 exx.
1987 – Toen niemand iets te doen had (When nobody had any anything to do)
1990 – Het feest op de maan (The Party on the Moon)
1991 – Misschien waren zij nergens (Maybe they were nowhere)
1991 – Juffrouw Kachel (Ms. Heater)
1993 – Bijna iedereen kon omvallen (Almost Everyone Can Fall Over)
1993 – Jannes
1994 – Mijn vader (My Dad)
1995 – De verjaardag van de eekhoorn (The Squirrel's Birthday)
1995 – Misschien wisten zij alles. 214 verhalen over de eekhoorn en de andere dieren (Maybe they knew everything: 214 tales of the squirrel and other animals) (includes a CD where Tellegen reads a number of stories)
1996 – Brieven aan niemand anders (Letters to No-one Else)
1996 – De ontdekking van de honing (The Honey Discovery)
1996 – De verschrompeling van de olifant (The Shrinking Elephant)
1996 – Teunis (Evening)
1997 – Dokter Deter (Doctor Soap)
1998 – Mijn avonturen door V. Swchwrm (My Adventures Through V. Swchwrm) (first published as kinderboekenweekgeschenk)
1998 – De verjaardag van alle anderen (Everyone Elses Birthday)
1999 – De genezing van de krekel (The Healing of the Cricket)
2000 – Ze sliepen nog (They're Still Sleeping)
2001 – Taartenboek (Cakebook)
2002 – Is er dan niemand boos? (Is Nobody Mad?)
2004 – Plotseling ging de olifant aan (Suddenly The Elephant Turned On)
2006 – De eenzaamheid van de egel (The Loneliness of the Hedgehog)
2007 – Post voor iedereen (Mail for Everyone) (illustrations by Mance Post)
2007 - Dierenverhalen van Toon Tellegen & het wisselend toonkwintet (Animal Tales by Toon Tellegen & the Variable Tone Quintet) (Audio CD)
2007 – Ik zal je nooit vergeten (I'll Never Forget You)
2008 – Morgen was het feest (Tomorrow Was the Festival). With illustrations by Ingrid Godon.
2009 – Het vertrek van de mier (The Ant's Departure)
2009 - Iedereen was er (Everone Was There)
2009 - Maar niet uit het hart. Dierenverhalen over afscheid. (But Not From The Heart: Animal Tales about Farewells)
2009 - Met hart en ziel. Dierenverhalen voor elk feest. (With Heart and Soul: Animal Stories for Every Festival)
2009 - Een hart onder de riem. Dierenverhalen vol troost. (Heartening Animal Stories)
2009 - Na aan het hart. Dierenverhalen vol vriendschap. (Close to the Heart: Animal Stories Full of Friendship)
2009 - Beterschap. Dierenverhalen over ziekte en gezondheid. (Get well: Animal Stories of Sickness and Health)
2009 - Welterusten. Dierenverhalen over slaap en sluimer. (Good night: Animal Stories of Sleep and Slumber)
2009 - Goede reis. Dierenverhalen over vertrek en aankomst. (Safe Journey: Animal Stories of Departure and Arrival)
2009 - Houd moed. Dierenverhalen over verdriet en eenzaamheid. (Keep Courage: Animal Stories of Sorrow and Loneliness)
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