A Selection of International Children's and Youth Literature

Polish / Poland

Cześć wilki!
(Hello, wolves!)

Kassjanowicz, Dorota (text)
Dudek, Agata (illus.)
Warszawa: Dwie Siostry, 2014. – 225 p.
ISBN 978-83-60850-81-7

Parents / Son – Search for identity –
Literature – Writing – Imagination

Stressed and overworked parents on the one hand, a lonely aunt who writes screenplays for telenovelas on the other. In the middle there’s eleven-year-old Filip. The sensitive boy suffers from parental neglect and dwindling self-confidence. But Filip has a lively imagination and a talent for inventing stories! He sees concealed wolves on his bicycle ride to his aunt’s house in the woods and has two little monsters in his room, for instance. His aunt helps him realise the power of language and the gift of being able to create worlds with words. She encourages him to write down his cares, musings and ideas and to make a story out of them. In her first children’s book, which became IBBY Poland’s “Children’s book of 2014”, Dorota Kassjanowicz narrates a psychologically nuanced plot that celebrates the power of the imagination. She tells of the discovery of one’s own self through writing, as well as how to share it with others.
(Age: 10+)