An influential international organization for children’s literature, The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), has published its traditional “Honor List”. The Honor List for the year of 2018 includes three Ukrainians: a writer, a painter and a translator.
In particular, writer Volodymyr Rutkivsky was noted for his fantasy novel “Guests on a Broom”, which was reissued in 2016 by the Old Lion Publishing House. The book is a thrilling story about an old witch, her magical cat and their quest to steal a girl who could become the witch’s pupil.
Artist Vladyslav Yerko was distinguished for his illustrations to the book “The Little Prince” published by “A-BA-BA-HA-LA-MA-HA”. In accordance with Exupery’s wish “The Little prince” could only be published with the authors illustrations and this means that Ukraine, which signed the Vienna Convention, had to wait a long time to be able to officially publish this book with other drawings. Thus, the book with Yerko’s illustrations came out of print 7 years after he had painted them. Though these intricate and mesmerizing pictures are immensely popular among children and adults, the author says that for him they are already morally obsolete: “Now I would have painted everything differently”.
The list also includes Galina Kyrpa as a translator of Ulf Stark’s novel “Fruitloops and Dipsticks” printed by the publishing house “Old Lion”. This book is a touching and funny narrative about growing older, about changes that are inevitable and life that is beautiful and goes on whatever happens to us. “It seems to me, most of my books are about friendship, about children who communicate and solve their problems together. It is certainly true about “Fruitloops and Dipsticks”. But the characters there are teens, who are no longer children. It’s such a special age when a person feels very keen that he is alone in this world. But, importantly, all my characters are morally very strong”, said the author about his novel. It seems, this book is precisely the very kind of a book that Ukrainian teenagers are in urgent need of.