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Book cover with a patchwork collage of three kittens and a fly.

Three Kittens and a Dragon

Manica K. Musil

Country: Slovenia

Original title: Tri muce in zmaj

Original language: Slovenian


Age group: 0 - 7

Categories: Fiction, illustration

Inclusive towards: Race, cultural background, migration


Author-illustrator: Manica K. Musil


Number of pages: 40

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


Everybody in the green field is afraid of the dragon. The animals believe that he is the one responsible for the sudden disappearance of several animals. The three kittens can’t find their mummy, and they decide to look for her. They find out that she and all the other missing animals have disappeared in the underground city built by the mole on their adventurous and dangerous journey. And the dragon is, in fact, a solitary and friendly creature. He helps them to find their mum and the other animals. All the animals are happy, but the mole is still digging tunnels to repair his underground city. And he’s still digging today. Dragon in this story can be interpreted as the Other, someone not belonging to us, different from the position of culture, race, religion, etc. As a convenient scapegoat, all possible evil is projected to him.

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.

Book page with an illustration made out of patchwork of three kittens, one gray, one white, and one black, picturing drangons.
Book page with an illustration made out of patchwork of three kittens lying closely together. Two seem asleep and one is following a fly withis eyes.
Book page with an illustration made out of patchwork of three kittens exploring, what it seems to be, a mole's house.
Book page with an illustration made out of patchwork of three kittens wrapped together in a spider web. A big spider lies on top of them.

Awards and nominations:

- Golden medal, 3×3 Picture book Show No. 13, New York, USA 2016,

- Special prize for innovative illustration approach (Three Kittens and a Dragon), The 6th Book Illustration Festival BookILL Fest, Novi Sad, Serbia 2017. 



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