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My Eccentric Dad

Zeynep Cemali

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Who doesn’t want such a crazy and friendly dad?

Zeynep Cemali recounts her childhood memories in Istanbul during 1950s. The main character of Cemali’s book is her “Dad”, a unique character full of surprises that any child would adore and who has shaped Cemali’s whole life. At six, they played a game they called “come to my whistle” in the tumult of the Covered Bazaar. When she decided to become an actress and went to work in her father’s film company in Beyoğlu, she was only ten. The friendship between father and daughter is extraordinary.


Zeynep was only six when they were playing their “come to my whistle” game with her father in Grand Bazaar of old Istanbul city. At the age of ten she decided to become an actress and started to work in her father’s film company. When she was eleven, she was running a movie theatre with her father. She was only twelve when she started to accompany his fathers trips all over the country. Father and the daughter… They were two close and inseperable friends!

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Zeynep Cemali

Zeynep Cemali

Zeynep Cemali, who brought a masterful deepness to children’s litearature, was born in İstanbul in 1950. During her childhood and youth, she traveled around Anatolia with her father, who was engaged in handicrafts, carpet, and rug trade. Her father’s repetitive saying “to live is to learn,” has largely shaped her life. Her stories for children were published starting in 1991, in magazines like Kumbara (İş Bankası Kültür Publishing), Türkiye Çocuk, Buğday and Vitamin Childrens’ Newspaper distributed in Germany. The success […]
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176 pages
130x195 mm
1st edition: 2004
34th edition: 2022
ISBN: 978-975-8142-99-6
Barcode: 978 975 8142 996


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