How the idea for the story was born?

Once that I was ill and I had to sleep on a very old couch at granny’s house. This couch creaked like it was breathing or snoring, like if it was alive. Moreover sofas, bathtubs and other furniture  have paws, so maybe they can walk…

What's the story about?

This book is about a girl who’s struggling with illness, which showed up in the form of red centiped. She will win it with the help of a new friend, a jam and hot milk. Her friend is a magic sofa which can transform itself into different animals, like a wolf, cat and sea eel. Together they must get the magic strawberry from the top of the spruce, where the old embryo, symbol of the begging and the end of life, is sitting… 

Would you like to dedicate it to someone?

The idea of this book was born long time ago, but since this story is an allegory of the fight against a disease, I would like to dedicate it to all the people who fight for their lives now, and to all who provide help.


Rina is an illustrator and animator from Moscow. She has recently graduated at HSE Art&Design School. She’s inspired by nature, fairytales, folklore, dreams and nightmares. In her artworks, she mixes different techniques, digital and hand-drawing, linocut, etching, collage and others. She likes to tell stories through the book illustrations, but also comics and cartoons.

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