Books published in 2010

CHATTERING LETTERS

Čiauškančios raidės

Author: Ieva Babilaitė

Illustrated by the author

In this book, by artist and book illustrator Ieva Babilaite, letters-toys live. Little readers not only will be able to get acquainted with the letters, but also learn to put them together into simple words and read them. Cheerful and warm illustrations will catch children's attention, and they will help grown-ups return to the world of childhood.

Target reader: 3–7 years old

Žara, Vilnius, 2010. – 48 p.

INHABITANTS OF THE OLD TOWER

Senojo bokšto gyventojai

Author: Leonardas Gutauskas

Illustrated by the author

This is the newest fairy tale book for children by a poet, writer and artist, National Award winner Leonardas Gutauskas. The writer always surprises the reader with new ways of telling a story and the light of values. This time, a little gnome, a crow, a spider and a wind are chatting in the old tower. They tell each other things about nature - a water spider, the types of clouds, pearls, the northern lights, etc. Their stories are so interesting that one does not even feel that he has acquired a lot of information while reading them.

Lithuanian Writers' Union Publishers, Vilnius, 2010. – 88 p.

A STARRED HORSE AND A PANDA

Žvaigždėtas arkliukas ir meškiukas panda

Author: Rasa Joni

Illustrated by the author

It is a story full of love and affection. The Bear Panda and Starry Horse enjoy true friendship and take care of each other. Being together they are not afraid of any hardships, monsters or crocodiles. Every day they have tea and ginger biscuits, every evening they say gentle words to each other. There are lots of friends and happiness, fragrant scents, and adventures in the story.

Target reader: 5–8 years old

Kronta, Vilnius, 2010. – 64 p.

THE DRAGON JURGIS AND OTHER STORIES

Slibinas Jurgis ir kitos istorijos

Author: Marius Jonutis

Illustrated by the author

This is the third book by the renowned artist. It contains three fairy tales based on the Bible, ancient Lithuanian tales, and stories from Antiquity. An intellectual and playful narrator wittily interprets well-known motifs and provokes readers of all ages to think. In the stories, some readers will recognize their own unbridled imagination and enjoyment in asking serious adults to answer inconvenient questions and sometimes to give even more inconvenient answers; still others will have an opportunity to cast a fresh look upon everyday mundane things through the eyes of a child untarnished with preconceived notions.

Target reader: 15–17 years old

Tyto alba, Vilnius, 2010. – 203, [5] p.

BEAR JOURNEY

Meškelionė

Author: Kęstutis Kasparavičius

Illustrated by the author

As Christmas, the most beautiful holiday of the year, is approaching, the Bear Family starts on a miraculous journey around the world in order to visit their relatives who live in the most distant and most bizarre parts of the world and are getting ready for Christmas. They visit Polar bears, who live in the North pole and are great fans of ice-fishing. They visit the merry, soft and furry koalas in sultry Australia. They visit the inhabitants of a mysterious country of stuffed teddy-bears and the tidy bears of the Great Bear constellation...

Baltos lankos, Vilnius, 2010. – 32 p.

LITTLE WINTER

Mažoji žiema

Author: Kęstutis Kasparavičius

Illustrated by the author

Did you know that city buildings also like to sometimes stretch their feet? Imagine that one day they dig their foundations out of soils and leave... to have a good time. City Hall goes to watch a movie to Movie Theatre. However, Movie Theatre is chasing Candy Shop, who tries to escape from her admirers. Even the old Church cannot stand still and goes to a pond in the park to look at her reflection in the water...

This is just one story out of ten most incredible stories by Kęstutis Kasparavičius, whose ability to amaze, invent incredible things and search for knowledge has been unsurpassed. It has been a few years since with his help we are learning to look at the world with different eyes - slower, more attentively and more ingeniously.

Nieko rimto, Vilnius, 2010. – 80 p.

ANCIENT LITHUANIANS GODS AND GODDESSES

Senovės lietuvių dievai ir deivės

Author: Libertas Klimka

Illustrated by Irena Daukšaitė-Guobienė

In this book, children are introduced to the pantheon of gods and goddesses of pagan Lithuania. Illustrations by Irena Daukšaitė are exceptional and together with ingenious font turn this book into a work of art.

Target reader: 8–12 years old

Žara, Vilnius, 2010. – 50 p.

MAGPIES

Šarkos

Author: Algirdas Knystautas

Illustrated by Vanda Padimanskaitė

„Magpie sitting on a sill, cannot hold her long tail still.“ This small verse from the Lithuanian folklore describes a well-known bird so common in Lithuania. The books is written by a natural scientist and ornithologist, who invites the reader to take a closer look at these birds: find out what they feed on, where they make their nests, and meet their colorful relative that live in other parts of the world.

Target reader: 9–13 years old

Baltos lankos, Vilnius, 2010. – 40 p.

LITHUANIAN FABLES

Lietuvių pasakėčios

Illustrated by Deimantė Rybakovienė

It is a collection of original Lithuanian poetic fables.

Žaltvykslės knygos, Vilnius, 2010. – 86, [2] p.

THE ICE BOY

Ledinukas

Author: Kostas Kubilinskas

Illustrated by Vaiva Lingytė

This is a cautionary tale about Icy - Santa Clause's grandson, who likes to boast above all. He tells he can grind snow flour, make ice bridges and it seems that there is nobody better than him. In the book, a lazy master is mocked upon, and it is made clear that one who works hard can overcome the biggest challenges.

Vaga, Vilnius, 2010. – 32 p.

FROM THE LIFE OF A CHILDREN ‘S HOME RESIDENT

Iš nuomšiko gyvenimo

Author: Gendrutis Morkūnas

Illustrated by Lina Žutautė

The narrator of this problem novel is a teenage boy who lives in an orphanage. A complicated and merciful life is shown through the eyes of this boy. In order that the orphanage would make money, the residents themselves are rented to work. Therefore, other teenagers of the town call them derogatory names. The main character of the book is rented by one lady, so he would be in place of a brother to her little son, whom she steals from the father who lives abroad… From that moment on, the book becomes increasingly intriguing and dramatic. The author’s philosophy regarding childhood is well expressed in the phrase: “the most difficult age for a person is his childhood.”

Target reader: 13–15 years old

Nieko rimto, Vilnius, 2010. – 156 p.

UNDER A HANGING BRIDGE OF A FAIRYTALE

Po kabančiu pasakos tiltu

Author: Violeta Palčinskaitė

Illustrated by Irena Daukšaitė-

Guobienė

In this book, the reader will find 33 poems. The poetry can be described as playfully unexpected, fairylike, stylistically light, graceful, and lucid. From time to time, the moods of subtle sadness or romantic longing are conveyed. Quite a few poems are simply beautiful because of the allusions to one’s childhood and the search for light and endless kindness. The poems are like walking from a simple artistic form to a more complex one, while having in mind the stages of child’s age and his ability to comprehend. It’s like playing games at first, and then gradually approaching more profound generalizations, the importance of subtext, and all that is beautiful and mysterious. The title of this book is a line from the author’s poem, The Little Match Girl, written after the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen.

Target reader: 5–10 years old

Gimtasis žodis, Vilnius, 2010. – 56 p.

HELLO, HOW ARE YOU?

Labas, kaip gyveni?

Author: Selemonas Paltanavičius

Illustrated by Lina Valužienė

This book by a naturalist, Salemonas Paltanavičius, contains 14 letters from a forest, in which answers are given to many questions of little children regarding forests and forest inhabitants. Who thinks about writing on a maple leaf with a fir needle? Who has the biggest house in the forest? Who likes to write letters at night time?..

Nieko rimto, Vilnius, 2010. – 128 p.

THE WOLF

Vilkas

Author: Selemonas Paltanavičius

Illustrated by Vanda Padimanskaitė

Wolves are often mentioned in Lithuanian folk songs and tales. However, the truth is that we do not know a whole lot about this inhabitant of Lithuanian forests. Naturalist Salemonas Paltanavičius invites the reader to take a closer look and find out where and how wolf families live, how they raise their cubs, and what are the characteristics of wolf hunts. After you find out more about the ways of this mysterious beast, you will not have to shiver with fear upon meeting a wolf in a forest or hearing his soul penetrating howl at night.

Target reader: 9–12 years old

Baltos lankos, Vilnius, 2010. – 40 p.

WHITE DOORS

Baltos durys

Author: Vytautas Račickas

Cover designed by Mikalojus Povilas Vilutis

This is one of the most recent problem novels. It deals with the issue of drug users. The story is constructed out of very short fragments, which could be understood as inner monologues or diary entries. The main character, Genas, tells most of the stories. Sometimes though, his sister, grandfather, and mother speak. A road taking to drug addiction is depicted very delicately. The life in school and in a drug rehabilitation clinic is shown. Family life is depicted. Very important is the line of love. As is typical to contemporary fiction for young people, there is some erotica in the book.

Target reader: 15–17 years old

V. Račickas, Vilnius, 2010. – 211 p.

ARE YOU AFRAID TO GET WET?

Ar bijai sušlapti?

Author: Laisvydė Šalčiūtė

Illustrated by the author

Where to look for a rainbow? Little Bear and Little Elephant only know that to find it would cause them to get wet. Ah, that's not too scary! They invite little readers to join them in their journey over the seas and oceans to look for the rainbow. The adventurous graphic artist Laisvyde Salciute's picture book breathes with warm cosiness, and her pictures make not only children, but also adult readers smile.

Target reader: 3–7 years old

Baltos lankos, Vilnius, 2010.

KOTONS IN PARIS

Kotonai Paryžiuje

Author: Ula Šimulynaitė

Illustrated by the author

In her book, "Kotons in Paris", Ula Šimulynaitė tells a story of two creatures, kotons, who get along very well. A koton is very similar to a cat. The difference is that cats walk on four legs and kotons walk on two. The main characters, Gilė (Acorn) and Bijūnas (Peony) have more similarities than differences. They always think about others first and only then about themselves. Their characters are depicted using playful situations and circumstances. Those who are sensitive to their friends' needs always win, and it's a happy ending for both of them.

Petro ofsetas, Vilnius, 2010. – 62 p.

LINGONBERRY

Bruknelė

Author: Martynas Vainilaitis

Illustrated by Bronius Leonavičius

This tale in verse is a unique phenomenon in Lithuanian children’s literature. There were even attempts to compare it to Homer’s works. Each line hides poetically rendered mythical images, which create a feeling of mysteriousness.

A little elf, Dingutis kisses Lingonberry and she turns into a

beautiful girl. Lingonberry agrees to marry the lord of the Elf Castle, but only if he rides to Mortar the Witch and buys her a ring. This is when the hero starts the test… Poet’s immense imagination allows to enjoy the originality of the mythical world he created, and amazingly mysterious illustrations add to the mood of this tale.

Target reader: 7–10 years old

Kronta, Vilnius, 2010. – 102 p.

KAKĖ MAKĖ AND THE ELF OF DISORDER

Kakė Makė ir Netvarkos nykštukas

Author: Lina Žutautė

Illustrated by the author

Kakė Makė is a nickname of a little girl, Kornelia. Kakė Makė is a cheerful little girl. However, she has one problem – she does not like to pick up her toys and put them in place. “I am not a toy picker-upper”, announces Kornelia. Unexpectedly, her toys are taken away by the Elf of Disorder. Kakė Makė has to accomplish three things before she can get her toys back. She gets her toys back, but then the Elf of Disorder turns his attention to her dad’s things… Lina Žutautė’s illustrations and text supplement each other and create an unobtrusively didactic story for preschoolers.

Target reader: 4–9 years old

Alma littera, Vilnius, 2010. – 36 p.

World literature for children, illustrated by lithuanian artists

The Adventures of Maja, the Honeybee

Die Biene Maja und ihre Abenteuer

Bitė Maja ir jos nuotykiai

Author: Waldemar Bonsels

Illustrated by Sigutė Ach

Nieko rimto, Vilnius, 2010. – 215 p.

ISBN 978-9955-683-90-2

Wonderful me!

Nuostabioji aš!

Author: Margaret Mahy

Illustrated by Lina Eitmantytė-Valužienė

Nieko rimto, Vilnius, 2010. – 184 p.