White Ravens: boratyński

4 books      

Germany (German) - 1999 - 78
Büchner, Barbara (text)
Boratyński, Antoni (illus.)
Die sieben Vogelscheuchen
(The seven scarecrows)
Düsseldorf: Patmos, 1998. [30] p.
ISBN 3-491-37398-0
Scarecrow - Deterrence - Friendliness - Compromise - Ecological balance
A farmer rises up in arms because the birds have lost all respect for the old scarecrow. So he gives it a steel helmet and skull and bones. The bird deterrence is a complete success - but the caterpillars eat the whole field bare. There is no bird in sight to prevent them. The farmer must call a retreat and grant his feathered companions their share of the harvest grain. Boratyński presents the friendly scarecrow and the drastic horror figures in convincing opulence. (6+) ☆

Special Mention - Austria (German) - 1998 - 69
Herfurtner, Rudolf (text)
Boratyński, Antoni (illus.)
(Forest children)
Mödling: St. Gabriel, 1997. [32] p.
ISBN 3-85264-544-1
Garden - Captivity - Escape - Cultural contact - Community
One day a sheltered child finds, quite literally, a »hole in the wall« of his untouched world. Outside the wall he finds children who have had completely different experiences. Yet they find a common language. Now they all return to the well-tended garden, but are no longer in captivity. This is a book about growing up and becoming independent which makes use of an unusual visual language. Until unity is created, it is monstrous shapes that encounter each other. Once they have formed a community the little gnomes become elves. (8+) ☼

Austria (German) - 1996 - 70
Jooß, Erich (text)
Boratyński, Antoni (illus.)
Der Sohn des Häuptlings
(The Chief's Son)
Mödling: St. Gabriel, 1995. [32] p.
ISBN 3-85264-474-4
Indians/Legend - The Flood <motif> - Creation
The son of the tribe's chief refuses to become a warrior. He encounters the great Mother Earth who has tried to heal the wounds to the earth which men have caused. Finally she announces the Great Flood and the chief 's son survives in the Ark. When the flood recedes, the earth begins to bloom again. A dolphin becomes a young woman and she stays with him. This Indian legend unites Christian biblical and naturalist myths. The topic of war and peace is expanded upon by the illustrator by focussing on Nature and the idea of creation. (8+)

Germany (German) - 1995 - 78
Feth, Monika (text)
Boratyński, Antoni (illus.)
Der Schilderputzer
(The sign cleaner)
Düsseldorf: Patmos, 1995. [32] p.
ISBN 3-491-37310-7
Work - Happiness - Education - Fame
Working in streets named Bach, Beethoven, Brecht or Kästner has unanticipated consequences for a street cleaner. He suddenly realizes that he knows nothing about the people whose names he is cleaning daily. At first he goes to concerts to hear their music, then to the public library to read their books. Soon he is singing and reciting while he works. An audience gathers around him and he is given a show on television. To make a long story short: the street sign cleaner turns down a post at the university and continues to his own work, holding lectures for his own and his listeners' pleasure. Antony Boratyńiski gives his protagonists realistic expressions but rather dream-like appearance, their faces are stereotypic but also lively. Two dimensional colors and distorted proportion, often out of perspective, correspond in a formal way to the substance of this sympathetic, but unfortunately hardly imaginable story about a happy person. (7+) ☼