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John the Skeleton’s Goings-On

Triinu Laan

  • Illustrator: Marja-Liisa Plats
  • Päike ja Pilv
  • 2020, 61 pp
  • ISBN: 9789916951224
  • fiction, storybook
  • Age: 6+
Rights sold: English, Latvian, Lithuanian, Czech, Slovenian, Croatian, Italian, Chinese (simplified)

The skeleton model used for teaching anatomy at school is sent into retirement. Gramps reckons that every hardworking employee deserves to relax after years spent on the job, so he brings John the skeleton back to his farm. Also there are Gramma, a hen and a rooster, a cat and a dog, and even the old couple’s grandchildren from time to time. Gramps takes the skeleton pretty much everywhere he goes, be it to trim the apple trees, listen to a bedtime story, or hear the way the lake sings. John is unbelievably happy, and so is everyone else around him – especially the grandkids!

2023 Childrens', Young Adults' and Parents' Jury (Bērnu, jauniešu un vecāku žūrija), 2th place (age 9+)
2022 Bologna Children's Book Fair Illustrators Exhibition winner
2022 Nukits Competition, 3nd place for text and illustration
2021 The White Raven
2021 Tartu Prize for Children's Literature (Childhood Prize)
2020 Good Children's Book
2020 5 Best-Designed Estonian Children’s Books, Certificate of Merit
2020 5 Best-Designed Estonian Children’s Books, Special Prize of the Estonian Children's Literature Centre
2020 Nominee of the Annual Children’s Literature Award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia