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Oskar and the Things

Andrus Kivirähk

  • Illustrator: Anne Pikkov
  • Language: Estonian
  • Film Distribution
  • 2015, 296 pp
  • ISBN: 9789949386451
  • fiction, storybook
  • Age: 7+
Rights sold: English, Latvian, Polish, Slovenian, Hungarian

When Oskar’s mother flies away to take classes in America and his father has to go to work every day, he is sent to live with his grandmother in the countryside for the summer. Oskar doesn’t feel all that close to his grandma, who lives so far away, and this makes him lonely and unhappy. His sense of loneliness worsens when he realises he left his mobile phone at home.

Luckily, the boy manages to find a way out of the dismal situation. He crafts a telephone out of a block of wood and uses it to call all kinds of different things: be they a bored iron, a rhyming trashcan, or a red balloon that gets tangled in the crown of a birch tree and ultimately becomes Oskar’s best friend. Soon, everything around him has come to life!

2016 Tartu Prize for Children’s Literature (Childhood Prize)
2016 Eduard Vilde Literary Award
2015 Good Children’s Book
2015 5 Best Designed Estonian Children’s Books, Special prize for perfect harmony of form and content
2015 25 Best Designed Estonian Books