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18th Croatian Children's Festival
Zagreb, 20/11/2011

I have been honored to receive an invitation to become this year's Croatian Children's Festival artist patron. Even though festival is turning 18 this year and becoming officially adult it's motto stays
the same;
Children are holding worlds on their palms. And I can't agree more.
As an artis patron I was a witness
of children's magical splendor! They dance, sing, write and paint...
And they do that so beautifully light and true, Little People really are the purest essence of humandkind.

“Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again. And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel? You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children.”   — Pablo Picasso
Illustration for a book cover which i did for
Profil International d.o.o

by Jenny Downham

" ... When you read the final pages of Jenny Downham's debut novel through tears, don't say you weren't warned. Before I Die is narrated by a perceptive, witty 16-year-old called Tessa Scott. Tessa has been living with leukaemia for four years. And, by the end of the book, she will die. There's no use fighting this. It tells you right there in the title.
Even with this foreknowledge, it's hard not to feel a stab of resentment as you're confronted by something as sentimentally sucker-punching as Before I Die. This much-hyped novel is destined to drive hundreds of thousands of readers to tears and to swift injunctions to all their friends to read it. ..."               

( Robert Collins, The Observer)
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