Bullying in schools is often a taboo.
Stolen Names makes the topic tangible and wants to encourage people to take a stand.
In a school, all the people are depicted with apples as heads. There is a lively hustle and bustle in the schoolyard and in the classroom. Only one boy is isolated, bullied and ridiculed. When his only friend also turns away from him, he no longer recognises himself in the mirror.
It is the reader who redeems him by perceiving him.
This children’s book is dedicated to the topics of bullying and being an outsider. In schools and in therapy in particular can the book with its impressive pictures be used to talk to children about hidden feelings.
“We are all called upon to better shape our togetherness by accepting and valuing our complexity and our sometimes great differences. We can do this because we are neither apples nor oranges: We are all human beings.” – Tàssies
Original title: Geraubte Namen
32 pp | € 22
hc | 235 x 240 mm
Publication: Sept 2022
Author & Illustrator: Tàssies
Rights sold: Catalan, Spanish, Russian, Greek, Korean, Japanese
“A boy who leads a life as an outsider at school finally finds a girlfriend. But his happiness is short-lived. Soon they take away his girlfriend and with her the joy of life. What begins as a list of good things ends in a tale about the deficient circumstances of a boy who is even robbed of his name. With colourful illustrations and sophisticated compositions, the picture book is an unsparing examination of the consequences of bullying.” – Internationales Literaturfestival Berlin
“At the end of the book there is a tender glimmer of hope – and that the readers [ … ] have followed the boy, [ … ] listened to him, makes this story en passant a parable about the healing possibilities of storytelling itself.” – Jan Drees, Deutschlandfunk, Büchermarkt – Bücher für junge Leser*innen, 17.12.22
“Tàssies created a valuable book for the fight against bullying and mobbing,
to strengthen self-esteem. Very well suited for schools, in therapy for affected children, in family discussions and for reading aloud in the library – highly recommended everywhere.” – Renate Schattel, ekz
By the same author and illustrator