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The Way Things Are With Us

Anti Saar

  • Illustrator: Alvar Jaakson
  • Language: Estonian
  • Tänapäev
  • 2013, 136 pp
  • ISBN: 9789949273522
  • fiction, storybook
  • Age: 6+
Rights sold: Hungarian, Latvian, Polish

The Way Things Are With Us is a humorous book about life in a completely ordinary family. Vassel lives in a nice little Estonian town with his mother, father, and little brother Joona, who is just two-and-a-half years old. Vassel shows the way things are in his family – how they read, write, and draw; cook and eat; tell ghost stories; argue; wait up for elves to bring presents around Christmastime; drive in the car; go to sleep; get lost; play football; host guests; and forget things.

The book was an immediate hit in Estonia, and a couple of additional print runs have already been made.

2014 The White Ravens
2013 Annual Children’s Literature Award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia
2013 Raisin of the Year Award
2013 Good Children’s Book