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Where'd the Kids Go?

Indrek Koff

  • Illustrator: Elina Sildre
  • Härra Tee & proua Kohvi
  • 2021, 70 pp
  • ISBN: 9789916964927
  • poetry, fiction
  • Age: 6+
Rights sold: Latvian, Finnish, Italian

Life couldn’t be better in the bustling little village. That is until one day when all the kids decide to run away to the woods because they feel they’ve been bossed around too much, which leaves their parents devastated. The grown-ups miss all the shouts of glee and the children running around, playing hopscotch, and jumping in the leaves. The mayor dispatches the army, the teacher tries luring them back with cake and candy, ornery Uncle Rein makes angry threats, and the conductor tries using Mozart and Bach, but nothing works. How can they tempt the kids to come home so there’s life in the village again?

2022 The White Raven
2022 Bologna Ragazzi Award, 100 amazing books
2022 Tartu Prize for Children's Literature (Childhood Prize), nominee
2021 Karl Eduard Sööt Children's Poetry Award
2021 Raisin of the Year award for the most remarkable children’s book of the year
2021 25 Best-Designed Estonian Books, Certificate of Merit
2021 Good Children's Book
2021 Nominee of the Annual Children’s Literature Award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia