Sanje Publishing

How the People of Simpleton Acquired Common Sense
by Fran Milčinski

  • original title: Kako so si Butalci omislili pamet
  • first published in 2011
  • 32 pages
  • illustrated by Ana Razpotnik Donati
  • rights sold: Colombia (Panamericana)
  • co-edition options
How the People of Simpleton Acquired Common Sense

A witty, roguish, impish and quite mischievous tale that was written by the mighty artist who was able to catch the truth by the tiniest tail.

How the Villagers of Simpleton Acquired Common Sense is a petite story of the prominent Simpleton community, where people realise one day how excellent it might be if they could handle common sense as well as corn bread, rain and flies.And so the company set off in search of a school of life where they could find the horribly evasive thing. An innkeeper, a housekeeper and a farmhand then enter the hurly-burly, only to be followed shortly by a man of a splendid kind, the mayor. The common sense then unfurls… and ever since the villagers of Simpleton, the young and the old, have been amazed at how they acquired common sense.

Sample pages of the book are available in the attachement.

Fran Milčinski (1867—1932), also an acclaimed judge and excellent satirist, is today best remembered for his children’s and young adults’ works. His children’s tales are often based on traditional tales or storytelling patterns, but in the hands of one of the best Slovenian storytellers of all time, they acquire an unmistakeable Milčinski flair.

Ana Razpotnik Donati is a Slovenian illustrator who lives and works in Perugia, Italy. She illustrates picture books and children magazines, and also designs puppet theatre sceneries. She has exhibited her work widely in Slovenia and Italy, and won the Slovenian prize for Best Illustrated Book of 2009.