Aleksandra Artymowska (Poland)

How the idea for your silent story was born?

The idea for the book came to me when I was watching my children playing with yarn. They tangled the yarn around all the furniture in their room and created an absolutely fascinating “installation” that I really wanted to draw.

What's the story about?

We learn the story hidden in the book “Yarn” following the thread of wool that leads us through subsequent rooms of the house, tangling more and more furniture and causing more and more mess. We are accompanied by several tiny mice. Step by step we discover what is at both ends of the yarn and what caused all the muddle. The book tells the story about a friendship in a very unusual way and contains a set of surprising plot twists.

Why have you decided to enter the contest?

This is the third time I took part in the Silent Book Contest and the third time I am its finalist. I love creating picture books, so when the idea for “The Yarn” popped into my head, I just couldn’t stop myself to draw it.


Illustrator and author of children’s books obsessed with labyrinths and puzzles. She loves to draw lots of details and create funny stories. Aleksandra adores travelling to unusual places. She lived in China and Israel for several years and spent many months in various places around the world. Now she is based in her hometown Warsaw in Poland. Her books love to travel too. They have been published in over 20 countries and won a number of international awards.

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