Sanje Publishing

A Tale of Piccaninny Bamboulee and Giddy Giraffe
by Frane Milčinski - Ježek

  • original title: Zgodba o zamorčku Bambuleju in vrtoglavi žirafi
  • first published in 2010
  • 32 pages
  • illustrated by Tina Volarič
  • rights available: world
  • co-edition options
A Tale of Piccaninny Bamboulee and Giddy Giraffe

Following the flow of thousands of brooks and torrents, loopings of time, fine rolls of oblivion, and the thread that was not linen but - upsy-daisy – Equatorial, the world has ended, no, was raised again. A dizzy world that cannot be halved – or can it? There was a giraffe of covered eyes / And a hole three fingers wide / To settle the mess without delay / Piccaninny Bamboulee made a patch / Using the Equator in place of the thread / Dividing the Earth in two halves.

On the other side of the sea, where the sun mercilessly plays with its rays, Bamboulee prepares an ostrich’s egg in the hot sand. It would be a day like any other if right at that moment a giraffe hadn’t turned up. What makes Bamboulee’s new friend different from other giraffes? What adventures has it seen on its way through the African desert? How will they find a solution to a seemingly unsolvable problem?

In 2010, A Tale of Piccaninny Bamboulee and Giddy Giraffe was named the Most beautiful Slovenian book in the category of books for children and youth.

Sample pages of the book are available in the attachement.

Frane Milčinski - Ježek (1914—88), actor, director, author of screen and radio plays (co-author of Kekec, Golden Lion for best youth film in 1952), singer, poet and writer, was one of the most prominent media personalities in Slovenia and without doubt Slovenia’s greatest humourist and satirist. He received numerous awards, including the Prešeren award (the most prestigious Slovenian award in the arts) for lifetime achievement in 1975. Throughout his life, Ježek remained a man of and for the people. In spite of Ježek’s great popularity, his work has become widely available only in the last ten years as his cassettes, CDs and books of his short stories, poems and songs have been released by Sanje.

Tina Volarič is an illustrator, ethnologist, editor and translator. She is attracted to puppets, which she also explored in her postgraduate studies, yet she remains focused on illustration.