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Franky the Anteater

Manica K. Musil

Country: Slovenia

Original title: Mravljinčar Franc

Original language: Slovenian


Age group: 0 - 7

Categories: Fiction, illustration

Inclusive towards: Ability


Author-illustrator: Manica K. Musil


Number of pages: 32

Format (in mm): 280x280


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Rights sold: Chinese (simple), Turkish, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese

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Franky was born with a shortcoming. His tongue is too short, and he can’t catch any ants. His brother and sister are always making fun of him, and Franky is miserable. He climbs high to the treetops where he is alone and cries. But then Franky notices that he can see far, far away, and he discovers a lot of new anthills. 

Franky becomes famous among anteaters – he may be the one with the short tongue, but he is an expert when it comes to finding food. Despite his shortcomings, he is accepted and respected in the community.

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Info on the author-illustrator:

Manica K. Musil is a universal artist. After finishing high school and music school (piano), she studied architecture.

Her first project, the municipal hall in Gorišnica, was awarded Best Realization price at the young architects competition »Leonardo« for the 2nd UIA region.

She received numerous prizes in the field of printmaking and co-authored 11 Slovenian postage stamps.

After the birth of the first of her three children, she has expanded her creative field and started writing nursery rhymes and tales.

From 2011 till 2020, she published eleven authorial children's books for different distinguished Slovenian publishers. Her remarkable achievements are two Golden Medals at 3x3, The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration, International No.13 Picture Book Show, NY, USA, for Stan the Elephant and Three Kittens and a Dragon.

Her book The Naughty Pigs was in 2017 among the "Best Books in Jiangsu Province”, China. Based on her book, The Naughty Pigs was also a play in the Puppet Theatre in Maribor.

In 2017 she was among the jury for Little Hakka Picture Book Competition, Shenzhen, China. Her books are more and more widespread; they can be found in Slovenia, China, Pakistan, Turkey, Spain and other Spanish speaking countries, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Brazil, India, Russia, USA, Croatia,  Czech Republic, soon also in the United Arab Emirates.



Awards and nominations:

Merit at the 3x3 Picture Book Show No. 14, New York 2017.



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