Text: Boguś Janiszewski
Illustrations: Max Skorwider
27 x 25 cm
The distinction in THE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR 2021 – best illustrations and graphic project by IBBY Polish section
Good Pages Award for the best-edited book of the year 2021 by Wrocław Book Fair
„Oh, Disease” is absolutely unique on the children’s book market!
The book is addressed to readers aged 9-12 and deals with the difficult topic of oncological disease in a completely innovative and unconventional way, in the form of an adventure comic.
Adela is 12 years old, she has a brother Olek, a dog Pusia, and she loves dancing…
And everything would be great if she hasn’t received a visit from a strange old woman named Disease … The story of Adela was based on real stories of children struggling with cancer and those who have already managed to recover.
The authors explain in a wise, light, and understandable way for young readers, what the disease is and what is happening in the body that fights cancer. The story also shows the everyday life of young patients, full of surprising events.
From the very first pages, it attracts attention with its tone – it is not a sad story that squeezes tears from the reader and makes her/him feel hopeless. On the contrary – it is largely light, intriguing, and sometimes even humorous.
„Oh, Disease” is a wise and empathetic look at the topic of children’s cancer: respectful, but without artificial pomposity, funny at times, but also filled with a huge amount of empathy.
Everything is served clearly, intelligently, and without unnecessary taboos.
The book was published as part of the project of the Iskierka Foundation – an organization that has been working for years for young cancer patients and their families, providing support on financial, psychological, and social grounds.
„A child is light, cancer is darkness. And this book is like a lantern that illuminates the darkest way. With it, fear becomes like a little dog, and hope becomes as powerful as the sun.” Katarzyna Stoparczyk, journalist and promoter of children’s literature.