A Selection of International Children's and Youth Literature

Slovenian / Slovenia

Deček in hiša
(The boy and the house)

Kastelic, Maja (illus.)
Ljubljana: Mladinska knjiga, 2015. – [29] p.
(Series: Zbirka Velike slikanice)
ISBN 978-961-01-3527-2

House – Secret – Intertextuality –
Textless book – Picture book

Maja Kastelic (b. 1981) was one of three illustrators from Slavic countries whose work was on display at the illustrator exhibition at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in 2015. Her textless picture book “Deček in hiša” is actually a simple story: A boy enters a house and follows the notes he finds on the floor, all the way up to the attic. There he discovers a girl writing the notes and throwing them out the window. Maja Kastelic studs the story with countless intertextual details, though, making “Deček in hiša” a magical discovery for children as well as for adults. For instance, the house is located on Andersen Street, its mysterious portraits, mirrors, playing cards, hearts recall Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland”, and a wonderful who’s who of illustrators awaits with allusions to well-known Slovenian picture books by M. Stupica, A. Sottler and D. Stepančič, as well as internationally known books by Shaun Tan, Peter Sís and Quentin Blake. (Age: 3+)