About Kindness And Love. 15 Best Children's Books Of 2020

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About Kindness And Love. 15 Best Children's Books Of 2020
About Kindness And Love. 15 Best Children's Books Of 2020

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About kindness, about faith in a better future, about exploits, about intimacy, about family, about how to discover the unusual in the most ordinary phenomena, and above all about love - children's books tell us about the same thing year after year, but in 2020, their messages were especially dear and important to us.



1. Beatrice Alemagna "Super Normal Day"

Translated from French by Irina Balakhonova

M.: Samokat

The long-awaited appearance in Russian of an amazing artist of children's books. For five years, while this book was waiting for translation into Russian, it collected international prizes: a gold medal of the Association of Illustrators in New York, a book prize of the Association of the English Language, and the Grand Prix for the best illustrated book in France. This is the story of a boy who comes to the dacha with his mother and gets bored, buried in the console until his mother kicks him out into the street for a walk. But, like any great children's book, it promises the hero - and the reader a little at the same time - a complete joyful transformation on several pages with a scanty text and generous color. The secret of these illustrations is not in beauty, not in believability, but in the radiance that fills the pages of the book, in how accurately the feeling of a miracle breaking through the monotony of an ordinary day is transmitted through this light.

2. Anna Starobinets "Brutal Tales"

Artist Maria Murawski

M.: Abrikobux

Anna Starobinets is a writer of amazing technology, so all her worlds are thought out and the details are fascinating. Her book "Brutal Tales" is a prequel to the "Brutal Detective" series - stories and legends that are told to their children by the inhabitants of the Far Forest and the surrounding area. However, the evening conversations between parents and children themselves are more important than fairy tales. This is the time when we answer children to their troubling questions, their fears and worries. And "Brutal Tales" turns out to be not just a book of well-made stories, but literally a guide to conversations with children. In this, the last, quality it is absolutely irreplaceable.

3. Miriam Damant, Nicolas Digard "The Secret of the Wolf"

Illustrations by Julia Sarda

Translated from English by Nina Freiman

SPb.: Polyandriya

All peoples of the world are arranged differently, and their fairy tales are more or less similar. And still it seems that the creators of this British book are not alien to the worship of Afanasyev as interpreted by Vasnetsov. A hut on the edge, a gray wolf, pines and birches, a marvelous king-bird on mountain peaks, a dense dark mythological forest - and a bright story of friendship in the middle of it. You can read the tale of the Wolf, who fell in love with a young woman, but does not know how to find the language to explain to her, and how the history of the novel of Russia and Europe. But in any case, long after the story itself has been read, you can look at the details of forest life, so carefully drawn by the artist: carpets, cups, painted chests of drawers, fabrics embroidered with flowers, a hymn to the beauty of the human device, which triumphs even in a dark forest.

4. Andre Rodriguez, Larissa Ribeiro and others. "Elections of the beasts"

Translated from Portuguese by Irina Novikova

M.: Samokat

A very funny and slightly utopian Brazilian book tells the story of the creation of democracy in a single forest. It all started when Leo took all the water out of the river to make a pool. Other animals did not like it, and they demanded to return the water, and when they did not receive water, they decided to change the king. You have to choose from Leo, Cobra, Sloth and Macaque, candidates prepare an electoral program and conduct debates, the rules are born from a sincere belief in justice: voting is secret, anyone can become a candidate, everyone votes only once, it is forbidden to give gifts to voters and eat other candidates.The authors say that in order to write this book, they met with children several times and played out a plot with them. As a result, the winner was the one who listened to the needs of other animals the most and was able to rule, thinking not only for himself, but also for that guy. Didn't like the result? Everything can be replayed next spring.


5. Janusz Korczak "Summer in Michałówka. Summer in Wilhelmówka"

With drawings by Kasia Denisevich

Translated from Polish by Kinga Senkevich, Victoria Fedorova

M.: Samokat

The two summers described in this book happened more than 110 years ago - more than thirty years before the author of this book went to the gas chamber with children from a Jewish orphanage. In the first decade of the last century, Janusz Korczak worked in orphanages and as a teacher in children's summer camps. It was there, observing his charges, that he deduced the rules of a happy child's life: freedom, respect, self-government. The children themselves judged themselves for their misdeeds, they forgave themselves, they themselves learned to build their summer home together. This is what you read today in these laconic notes - about the possibility of a just order on earth, even if we know how it all will inevitably end.

6. Lada Bakal "Mountains of the world. History of ascents and discoveries"

Artist Tatiana Ukleiko

M.: Walking into history

Passion is the key to reading this book. A truly curious future climber should be equally interested in how to go to the highlands to the toilet and sort garbage and the drama of conquering Everest and other eight-thousanders - what, in fact, pulls us up? Like any ideal non-fiction, Lada Bakal's book instantly turns out to be much larger than itself. This is a book about geography and history, about the fate of women and about the conquest of the Caucasus, about obsession and about a dream, about a heroic deed and about a tragedy, and one feels that the author has so much to tell at each spread. And the artist Tatyana Ukleiko seems to agree with the need to give up the main role in the text, her illustrations are similar to drawings for travel diaries: realistic, as if written from life, and at the same time politely adhering to the fields.

7. Anastasia Strokina "The Ninth Life of Nelson's Cat"

Artists Anna and Varvara Kendel

M.: Rosman

Anastasia Strokina is a fairly new name in children's literature. Her debut story "The Whale Sails to the North" in 2015 took second place in the "Kniguru" competition, and today she can be considered one of the brightest Russian storytellers and talented translators who are not afraid of either Auden or Andersen's re-translation (her translation " Thumbelina "was published by the publishing house" Abrikobux "in 2019). Probably, the main quality of Anastasia Strokina is courage, her own strong voice. The story of how a boy carried a yard cat around St. Petersburg all day, and he composed songs for him, seems simple only at first glance. In fact, this is an accurate and poignant story of loss, and even St. Petersburg, drowning in heavenly glaze, seems here to be a lost, from the past, the best version of itself.

8. Evgenia Dvoskina "Will Sasha come out? Soviet childhood in stories and pictures"

SPb., M.: Speech

In her stories with pictures, Evgeny Dvoskina seems to have invented an ideal way of talking about Soviet childhood - these are not nostalgic sighs, but a collection of jokes with pictures: street hockey battles, rituals of knocking out a carpet in the snow and freezing with your tongue to a frosty door handle, yard games, brown tights, banks for all diseases. Her book is drawn so cheerfully and seamlessly that it seems to take the reader to a lost city block, where they still breathe over potatoes, where you go, wrapped in a fur coat and a scarf, on a sled through the snowdrifts to the garden, decals are glued to the bathroom walls, iron their tie in the morning, stomp through the puddles and talk for a long time at night about the innermost on the phone.Probably because the artist so often depicts intimate, dull, dull - sorting of buckwheat or "morning sleep in the bathroom", for example, - her plots seem so familiar: this is exactly this boring thing that happened to us, it was it that was irretrievably lost …


9. Anna Dyer "Let's go to Unalashka"

With drawings by Kasia Denisevich

M.: Belaya Vorona

Anna Krasilshchik's debut children's story "Three Quarters" tells about childhood and growing up in the 1990s, and the action of her new book, "Let's Go to Unalashka", takes place in our time. They are united not only by the wondrous and vague, as if revived dreams, drawings by Kasia Denisevich. Anna Dyer always has an independent plot, not tied to the signs of the times. Modernity passes in the background for her, and the main goal of these temporary signs is to create something recognizable, familiar. After all, her heroes themselves are always special, truly independent, and all because they were very lucky with their family. So the girl Sprat in "Three Quarters" grew up knowing neither the pioneer tie, nor the ballet, nor any other braces that the Soviet people have - and this is what helped her in the end to find herself. And the boy Mark (at home his affectionately called Morkovkin) in "Unalashka" went to school only in the third grade, because his mother and grandmother believed that he should be free a little longer, and this is how the story of his personal search begins. The charm of the heroes of this book lies precisely in the fact that they are free, and this leads to unexpected turns and amazing discoveries simply because such a hero, no matter how small, is capable of creating his own destiny.

10. David Alison Matthews, McMahon Sera-Marie "Killing Style: How Fashion has crippled, disfigured and killed people for centuries"

Translated from English by Sofia Abasheva

M.: Belaya Vorona

In the 18th century, mercury was added to poor-quality hat wool - those who wore these hats went crazy, so the Mad Hatter may have met Carroll himself far from Through the Looking Glass. In the 19th century, celluloid combs and combs caught fire so easily that they claimed the lives of many fashionistas. In the twentieth century, girls were etched with hair and eyebrow dyes, which to this day would be worth checking for an allergic reaction. To this day, scarves can suffocate us, lead paints poison us, and our fashionable aged jeans could cost someone their lives. The book "Murderous Style" fascinatingly tells about things really serious: if until our time dresses with arsenic happened and out of ignorance, then today fashion surely kills only the poor, those who interfere with our colors and wash our jeans. So the book is actually not only entertaining, and this juxtaposition of hilarious facts with real social catastrophe is impressive and even sobering.

11. Asya Petrova "Who says what - it doesn't matter"

Artist Alisa Yufa

M.: Rosman

Asya Petrova's new collection came out after a rather long break, and it is joyful to see that the writer has not lost her main superpower - to build bridges between adults and children. In her stories, the teenage hero is trying to figure out the adult world: is it funny to fart, why are teachers embarrassed when children ask to use the toilet in class, for which he deserved the hatred of the literature teacher Marina Stanislavovna and why it is impossible to post silly jokes on Instagram and ask adults questions, from which they get upset. The external lightness of the plots should not deceive anyone - in fact, a real textbook of life is hidden behind it. And, as always with Asya Petrova, it is equally useful for children and their parents: the former learn to understand what adults want from them, the latter - to understand why this adult social life is so difficult for children.


12. Alexey Oleinikov, Timofey Yarzhombek "Sonya-9"

M.: Belaya Vorona

"Sonya from 7" Buee "- the result of the joint work of the teacher of literature Alexei Oleinikov and one of the best Russian artists Timofey Yarzhombek - undoubtedly became one of the main books of the decade.A rap hit in comics or a comic in rap, he not only told how the life of a teenager is arranged, but also penetrated the inner world of the heroes: the exhausting school lessons became the starting point for a flight of fantasy, for thinking about what was really important.

In the new comic, Sonya has matured, the OGE looms in front of her and there is a real threat that, without passing it, she will fly out of the ninth grade into "hopelessness." But it is even more important that the "hopelessness" is already inside her, she is lost in the complex teenage world and even more in the need to somehow adjust herself to the world of adults. The clear rhythm of the verse beats out the passage of time, and it seems that the pages of Sony-9 capture the time with the greatest accuracy: what we experience in class, chat, TV finds its rhythm and correspondence in our inner life.

13. Anne Provost "Fall"

Translated from Dutch by Irina Leichenko

M.: Samokat

The novel by the Belgian writer Anne Provost was published in 1994, today it is a teenage bestseller from the school curriculum of Belgium and the Netherlands. In Europe, the book is republished every year and from year to year, alas, it is getting closer and more relevant. The action takes place in a small town where the scars of World War II have not yet been forgotten. The main character, Lucas, comes for the summer to the provinces, to his mother's homeland, where he is attracted by charming young neo-Nazis who want to "put things in order" with the newcomers with Molotov cocktails in their hands. The book also contains a dramatic story of his own family, in which there are also shameful pages. This is the story of the vulnerability of people, first of all, to ideas. It is also about how difficult it is for teenagers to understand and find themselves and how easy it is to get lost along the way. The writer does not spare the reader at all, her small book is built like a blow - as if only the one who is knocked down can really sober up. It's a pity that over the past 25 years, the novel has turned out to be a prophecy, but not a cure.

14. Guido Zgardoli "The Island of the Silent"

Translated from Italian by Alexandra Strokina

M.: CompassGid

An outstanding novel for high school students, which tells the story of the last two centuries through the history of a Norwegian lighthouse on a lonely island and the fate of its caretakers. Or vice versa - the last two centuries, the fate of the descendants of one not too lucky sailor shed light on the lonely lighthouse. Its story began on the night of July 12, 1812, when a young sailor-helmsman Arne Björnebu was hit by British shells. He survived, but lost his hearing, burned his face and, seeing what had become of him, stopped talking. Arne's fate changes when he is appointed caretaker of a lighthouse that stands alone on an island near the Norwegian town of Arendal. There Arne begins his family, and his children and descendants, each in his own way, will influence the impending History. The world in Guido Zgardoli's novel seems to be reinvented in the smallest detail, but in reality it is just a well-arranged family saga, where there is the comfort of the home, and the memory of ancestors, and a reminder that life takes on meaning when you can build it into something more.

15. Jan Terlau "Winter in time of war"

Translated from Dutch by Irina Mikhailova

M.: CompassGid

Winter in War was first published in the Netherlands in 1972. By this time, its author was already known in the country as a scientist with a degree in nuclear physics and an aspiring politician - just in 1971 he joined the left-liberal Democrats 66 party, which in 1973 he will lead for nine years. His book is a testament to the Second World War and the occupation of the Netherlands. It is largely based on biographical experience - Father Terlau was a local priest in a branch, and several times he was taken away by the Nazis, suspected of having links with the Resistance. The name of the hero of the novel "Winter in Time of War" is Mikhil, he is 16 years old, his father is the burgomaster, and the Resistance fighters are his friends, and it is inevitable that Mikhil himself will have to get into a military meat grinder early.Terlau writes about war without discounts, without any romance, and his book is a convincing reminder that one should not fight in a war, but against the war itself.

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