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Abdollahi’s ‘dandelions of happiness’ on The Bookseller front cover

Tiny Owl illustrator Ehsan Abdollahi has celebrated his recent visit to the UK by illustrating The Bookseller‘s editorial front cover for the August issue. The cover features Pim, the main character from A Bottle of Happiness and plentiful dandelions, a symbol of happiness in Persian culture. The result is a wonderful splash of colour bringing messages of hope and happiness to the publishing world. Benedicte Page, Deputy Editor of The Bookseller, wrote about Tiny Owl and the…

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Video: A Bottle of Happiness

Our events and workshops with illustrator Ehsan Abdollahi may be over, but you can still enjoy his books! Below you can watch the introductory video for A Bottle of Happiness by Pippa Goodhart, illustrated by Ehsan Abdollahi. There was once a big mountain. The people on one side were rich and worked only in order to get even richer. The people on the other side of the mountain were poor in possessions but had a…

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A beautiful book with an urgent and necessary message

We love this wonderful review of A Bottle of Happiness from Terry Potter at the Letterpress Project! How can you measure the value of happiness? Pippa Goodhart’s fable invites children to consider whether material wealth is always the best thing to be chasing after or whether being rich in happiness and community spirit can be more fulfilling. On either side of a high mountain live two separate communities – one that is rich in resources that…

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A mood of celebration for Ehsan Abdollahi!

Our panel event at the House of Illustration had an air of celebration about it! A 70-strong audience and six wonderful panellists came together to celebrate Tiny Owl illustrator Ehsan Abdollahi’s arrival in the UK last week, for an evening of discussion about art, borders and intercultural collaboration. The panel was chaired by Erica Jarnes, managing director of the Poetry Translation Centre. The panellists sharing the stage with Ehsan Abdollahi were illustrator James Mayhew, author…

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Mark your calendar: children’s workshop with Ehsan Abdollahi!

We are delighted to invite you to a special children’s workshop at the Parasol Unit with Ehsan Abdollahi! The illustrator of When I Coloured In the World and A Bottle of Happiness made headlines recently when his visa application was declined, denying him the opportunity to appear at Edinburgh International Book Festival. After an overwhelming surge of public support and media coverage in the Guardian and The Bookseller, this refusal was overturned, enabling him to…

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