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Everyone’s the Smartest


  • Illustrator: Ulla Saar
  • Language: Estonian
  • Tallinn Central Library
  • 2014, 80 pp
  • ISBN: 9789949935345
  • fiction, poetry
  • Age: 7+
Rights sold: Latvian, English

Everyone’s the Smartest is Contra’s first full-length poetry collection for children, although he has published a wealth of children’s poetry in youth magazines and anthologies earlier. The poems focus primarily on school. Contra’s gently amusing and joyous verses take on familiar topics such as going to and coming home from school, lessons and class breaks, classmates and teachers, learning and teaching. Yet, beneath the humorous surface of Contra’s writing lies a deeper wisdom that emphasises lasting values.

Translated by Laura Neill

2015 Good Children’s Book
2014 Annual Children’s Literature Award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia
2014 Karl Eduard Sööt Children’s Poetry Award
2014 25 Best-Designed Estonian Books