Slovak writer Marek Vadas, the author of the book Escape, is a special man drawn by the African continent. He made thirteen long trips there where he visited Cameroon, Chad, Gabon and Nigeria. Since his first trip to Africa, he believes that there are no time lost. In his books, he often deals with living conditions of the african children. Thus, for the story Healer (2006) he received the prestigious literary prize Anasoft Litera, and two years earlier he was nominated for the BIBIANA Prize for the best children's book with the book "Fairy tales from Black Africa".
Last week he kindly answered some of my questions.
Today I offer you three stories for our youngsters, that were published recently at the KUD Sodobnost International Publishing. Pick the one that sings your heart more: the yellow is for philosophers, the blue for the careerists and the red for the detectives to be.
Michael De Cock is fabulous in the book Rosie and Moussa, when he talks about the friendship, solidarity, co-existance and compassion, but non the less the love of the parents as well.
I believe that children's toys - especially dolls, plush animals and other living creatures - that our children play, sleep, chuck, hide with poses an incredible human warmth and that an incredibly compassionate, kind and fearless heart hides in them. Why else should our children spend so much time with them, why in distress they seek their embrace and trust them their deepest secrets, if not because they know how to unselfishly comfort them, and at the same time, without pre-determined judgments, listen carefully to each of their words. All you have to do is to wake their hearts.
And that's exactly what happened to Edward Tulane.
The books that I will write about today caused me quite a dilemma: shall I list them among literature for children or for adults, because author of both addresses them to all. We also cannot tell, among which category of readers he has more fans, even though his stories have such a special seriously humorous tone.