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Striking hens, rats who have built themselves a magnificent city, a library opening up to fantastic worlds, green mermaids, aliens visiting the neighborhood… Children’s books expand our horizons beyond our imagination, allowing us to look at life with unfamiliar eyes. On the occasion of April 23 of National Sovereignty and Children’s Day, we have prepared a selection of books for you that once again bring children together with their magical creativity.
ELIOT AND THE MYSTERIOUS LIBRARY Pascaline Nolot, Redhouse Kidz, 160 pages
The library is Eliot’s only refuge from the tyranny of Charlie and his gang. But she doesn’t know that she should never sleep there. What if he sleeps? He wakes up in a completely different world and is judged by the KFT (Library Mice Association). In the defense of a ghostly dead lawyer, his memories will either be erased or he will serve in the records organization division. Could the second possibility also be a gateway to courage, self-confidence, and the means to survive against Charlie’s ills?
AŞAĞİSTANBUL, Melis Sena Yılmaz, Daylight, 200 pages
“There is no trace of the chaos of YukarIstanbul in Asağistanbul, which is full of mystery and adventure, leaving a fairytale peace in people, and those who leave don’t want to come back. The easiest way to get there is to go down into the sewers and find the red ladder. Zeynep finds herself in a completely different and mysterious Istanbul while tracking down her detective father, who has suddenly disappeared. The way to find his father in Asağistanbul, where the strangeness arises from every corner every moment, is to fight the villains who are preparing to reveal the secrets of this beautiful world.
The Mermaid, Mizyal Lighter, Melike Tan, Gold, 72 pages
Kaan meets a “very different” boy at his aunt’s summer residence. In fact, Hans has a difference that many people don’t know about; autism. Kaan sees the mermaid painting he made before meeting Hansın, and even that is enough for him to find it strange. Will there ever be a green mermaid? Or do autistic people dream too? The power of the green mermaid and dreams changes everything, the differences stop interfering with the bonds. Çakmak tells of the love that blossoms between two children in the flavor of a summer festival.
A NEIGHBORHOOD IN SPACE, Toprak Işık, Doğan Gençsoy, Tudem, 108 pages
What is the relationship between the redness of danger signs and the wavelength of light? Why doesn’t the moon fall to Earth? Where does he fall? What could be the purpose of the aliens visiting Hanife Abla? Dwarf stars, black holes, string theory… What is it all? Known for his books that combine science and literature, Toprak Işık invites his readers on a mental adventure with his latest book, in which he turned his road into physics. Işık explains the topics he discusses with his humorous expression and examples from daily life, based on the neighborhood life he created drawing inspiration from his childhood.
Mr. Rabbit’s Chocolate Factory, Elys Dolan, Flying Fish, 32 pages
What do they want? Salad. When? Now! The chickens working in the Kümeskent chocolate factory are on strike. Because no matter how hard they try, it’s not enough for Mr. Rabbit. It was an accident at work, the right to vacation, the damage to health caused by the excess of chocolate. Mr. Rabbit’s eye sees nothing but bags of money and he is obsessed with chickens…
TURNING OFF THE LIGHTS LEONARD, Josh Pyke, Chris Nixon, The Everyman’s Book, 32 pages
Whenever it’s bedtime and his parents say, “Let’s turn off the lights, Leonard,” the child’s response is ready: “NO!” Leonard is afraid of those who are hidden in the dark. A three-headed, eight-armed, twelve-legged, or bat-winged, serrated-toothed beast can pounce at any time. The creatures Leonard sees grow bigger every night. Until “How to scare monsters” until I came across the book.
JOURNEY TO FARELYA, Joy Cowley, The Sleepwalker, 190 pages
You know, the Pied Piper from the village of Fareli used to drag the rats into the river. Turns out that was an anti-rat myth. In fact, Kavalcı took the rats to a valley. The mice have built a magnificent city there: Farelia. Sailwing and her family decide to go to Farelia when they lose hope in the town where they live. The problem is that no one knows how to get there. Moreover, it is full of dangers. So, is it the destination or the journey that counts?
THE SECRET LIFE OF A TIGER, Przemysław Wechterowicz, Emilia Dziubak, Timaş, 32 pages
How do we know tigers? Wild, aggressive… Yes, it’s true that they suddenly cut things with their claws… They stalk the parrot’s eggs but only to put them back in the nest. The only reason they suddenly jump between tapirs is to dance with them. We think of them as savage creatures that tear everything apart. Big calumny! The tiger eats its prey whole.
Once upon a time, a drop of rain, James Carter, Nomoco, Vakıfbank Kültür, 32 pages
Why is the world surrounded by oceans, seas, rivers, snow, ice and clouds? Did the story of water begin with a raindrop, a snowflake or a giant wave hitting the shore? What we are sure of is that water continues its path with an incredible cycle… A poetic story of nature worthy of the fascinating journey of water by the duo James Carter and Nomoco.
WATCHMAN AMOS MISSES THE BUS, Philip C. Stead-Erin E. Stead, YKY, 52 pages
Despite his advanced age, Watchman Amos, who takes care of his animal friends one by one, returned with a clear story. Amos, who can’t sleep thinking about the trip he’s going to organize for his friends, misses the morning bus. And he falls asleep on the bench from exhaustion and the plan falls through. But when he wakes up, a wonderful surprise awaits this kind watchman.