Lola Svetlova (Kazakistan)

How the idea for your silent story was born?

Rooted in a fascination with psychology and societal dynamics, the idea for my silent book was born from exploration of human interaction.

What's the story about?

The book delves into our perception of others and the world through the metaphor of viewing life’s fragments through ‘windows’ like phone screens or brief interactions. It explores how our beliefs shape our understanding, revealing that behind the curtains of perception, wondrous things might await, and our own monsters may not be monstrous at all.

Why have you decided to enter the contest?

Entering the contest stems from my belief that children’s books are not merely form of art, but a mission towards a better future. I really wanted to be part of this transformative journey.


Lola Svetlova, based in Almaty, Kazakhstan, is a dedicated visual artist and illustrator with a passion for children’s books. Since 2023, she has concentrated on personal projects, distinguishing herself with warm color palettes and mixed media techniques.