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Book cover of a blond and a brunette kid sitting at school's desks.


Manica K. Musil

Country: Slovenia

Original title: Prijateljici

Original language: Slovenian


Age group: 0 - 7

Categories: Fiction, illustration

Inclusive towards: Bullying


Author-illustrator: Manica K. Musil


Number of pages: 32

Format (in mm): 220x330


Info on rights holder: you can contact the author for rights -

Rights sold: Chinese (simple), Turkish

You can request an English sample translation by mailing


The story is about bullying, phenomenon not directed towards any distinctive out-group, but aggressive acts or hostility between individuals from a variety of possible backgrounds. Two girls are best friends, but one doesn’t allow the other to have other friends or talk to the others. The story is straightforward and encourages the discussion about this quite frequent dynamics between children.

Book page with an illustration made from patchwork of two girls, one brunette and one blond with red glasses, sitting at a playground.
Book page with an illustration made out of patchwork of two girls, one brunette and one blond with red glasses, standing with their backs towards one another with an upset expression. They seem to try to ignore each other while animals pass by in the scene.
Book page with an illustration made out of patchwork of a big playground crocodile and kids from different ethnicities playing on it.
Book page with an illustration made out of patchwork of a man driving seven kids in a car.

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:

Honorable mention, 3x3 Picture book Show No. 14, New York 2017.


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