Book Trailer Premiere: Einstein: The Fantastic Journey of a Mouse Through Space and Time by Torben Kuhlmann

Hello, Torben Kuhlmann! Welcome back to Watch. Connect. Read.! I’m excited you’re here to share the book trailer for Einstein: The Fantastic Journey of a Mouse Through Space and Time. What should everyone know about the inventive mouse before they watch the Einstein trailer?

Torben Kuhlmann: Nothing has been impossible for my adventurous mice so far. They conquered the air, the moon, and the deep sea. Now a mouse is facing a very different problem and has to turn back time. Let’s see if this mouse is able to succeed— and what role Albert Einstein will play in that.



What are three of your favorite facts about Albert Einstein?

Fact 1: Einstein’s thought experiments—he is able to convey incredibly complex content in simple pictures—from moving trains to elevators in space.

Fact 2: One of Einstein’s professor's called his PhD thesis “short, dull, and insignificant.” I beg you pardon?

Fact 3: Einstein despised socks.



How did you create the art for Einstein: The Fantastic Journey of a Mouse Through Space and Time?

Torben Kuhlmann:
In the beginning, I use a sketchbook to create a rough draft. Next, I prep the painting paper. I soak it in water, then place it on a board—pulling it tight so the paper doesn’t wrinkle once it dries and fasten it with tape. Once it’s dry, the work can begin. First, I roughly apply the lines of the sketch to create the general design. Then I make it more and more detailed. First with pencil but once that’s accomplished, I use the fineliner pen, which of course I won’t be able to erase. Once the illustration is done, it’s time for the watercolor paint. I often start with the background or the sky. You have to wet the paper and then you can apply the paint. And this is how, layer by layer, the watercolor painting gets created.


Please finish the following sentence starters:

I hope Einstein: The Fantastic Journey of a Mouse Through Space and Time will surprise and amaze readers and lead to one or more ‘aha’ moments about causality.

Mr. Schu, you should have asked me…:

About what I particularly like about Switzerland, where Einstein takes place.


Perfect!!! Thank you, Torben!!


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 MouseMoletown, 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.

Look for Einstein: The Fantastic Journey of a Mouse Through Time and Space on September 7, 2021. 

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