Kolobok: A Russian Bun on the Run! by Sian Valvis, illustrated by Dovile Ciapaite

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Pushkin House Staff Picks (February 2022)

‘The latest addition to my 2-year-old's Anglo-Russian library is a contemporary adaptation of the famous Russian folk tale Kolobok. The first time my husband read it to Oskar I could hear him gasp from the other room. For him it is like a thriller. Will Kolobok ever be free? Will he survive?

Each altercation with the enemy is accompanied by a close-up illustration of the 'villain's' face: the hare, the bear, the wolf. Oskar sighs in relief  Kolobok has escaped. Until he meets the witty fox that is. "Run, Kolobok, run!" Oskar screams. But it's too late, the fox is just too smart.

Kolobok, a Russian bun on the run, has taken a proud place amongst other favourites, knocking off Peppa Pig’s Royal Party from its top spot (a true victory!).’

Alina Gainard, Senior Operations Manager at Pushkin House

For this contemporary adaptation of a traditional tale, Sian Valvis has been recognised by English PEN, becoming one of only 12 books from all categories to be awarded the prestigious PEN Translates award for 2021.