First Books (ages 3-8) • Series
Alaaddin’in Geveze Su Boruları
Alaaddin's Chattering Water Pipes
Editor: Müren Beykan
This “cheerful story” of Behiç Ak is mirroring neighborhood and communication!
In this book, Behiç Ak is telling the interesting and humorous story of Alaaddin Bey who’s always listening the water pipes. While making fun of “gossiping” as one of the most common communication methods used in neighborhoods, Behiç Ak is on the other hand criticizing the prejudices caused by the gossips. This is a pleasant story about having an identity while being in accord with the society. Enriched with cartoon like colorful illustrations, the story gives children clues about the functioning of local administrations.
Alaaddin Bey never speaks but always listens. His best friend is Memo who can talk for hours even about very a simple subject. All the neighbors are wondering about Alaaddin Bey who’s every morning watching the sun rise sitting on a bench facing east, and every evening watching the sun going down sitting on a bench facing west. They all think that he’s a lazy idler. According to the kids he’s spy, even maybe an alien. One day when the water in the neighborhood is cut off, everybody learns who he is and what he does…
Behiç AkHe was born in Samsun and studied architecture in Yıldız University and İstanbul Technical University. He’s a well-known cartoonist, author, illustrator and documentary film director. He illustrates daily cartoons for the Cumhuriyet Newspaper since 1982. His cartoons were exhibited in several countries like Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany. Besides his plays Separation (Ayrılık) and Building (Bina), his two plays named Fault Line (Fay Hattı) and City for One (Tek Kişilik Şehir) were staged in Europe and attracted big interest. The documentary […]
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