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Topsy Turvy Straight Lines

İrem Uşar

Editor: Müren Beykan
Illustrator: Huban Korman

Do you want to go out of line when you feel surrounded by lines?

A modern time tale from İrem Uşar inviting the readers to think on the rules which are defining the limits and standardizing the human beings. Reminding the uniformity of the artefact life in spite of the diversity and liveliness in nature, the book is telling the story of a child who is obsessed with lines and smartly questioning the social norms and concept of regularity. While slightly opening a door to philosophical readings, this book is raising a powerful and hopeful noise: Nothing can barrier the creativity of childhood!


Lina is in trouble with straight lines. It’s as if her father’s profession, which is driving the crosswalk lines and the lines on highways, invaded their whole life. All family members are wearing striped clothes, a straight line is passing from the middle of their house, everything is ordered in straight lines. When Lina is faced with straight lines in the very first week of her school life, it was the final straw. Together with her friend Âdem, who is the grandson of a gardener, they start to search for a straight line which is not made by a human being. Is it possible to find such a straight line in nature?..

İrem Uşar

İrem Uşar

She was born in Istanbul, in 1975. After graduating from Notre Dame de Sion High School, she studied Radio, Television, Cinema at Marmara University. She worked as a reporter, editor and script writer. In 2010, she participated in a writing workshop in Antwerp, Belgium, with the invitation of PEN, and wrote her first children’s book The Light That Moved from the Light House (Fenerden Taşınan Işık, 2011) published by Günışığı Kitaplığı. The book was part of a special project coordinated by […]
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136 pages
120x180 mm
1st edition: 2018
2nd edition: 2021
ISBN: 978-605-9405-77-5
Barcode: 978-605-9405-775


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