Babish Gilzi and his friends
Babish Gilzi and
his friends
Babish Gilzi and his friends are funny magic kids, characters of warm-hearted, sincere and exciting children books by the Ukrainian writer Olena Boytsun. Currently two books from the series were published in Ukraine
(in Ukrainian and Russian) – “Babish Gilzi plays chess” and “Babish Gilzi and his friends”.

Books
Books

"Babish Gilzi plays chess"

- is an exciting fairy-tale that would be tremendously popular with everyone, who enjoys to read about unusual. You will meet funny magic kids: cheerful Babish Gilzi, shy charming Mryazka, energetic Dugumda, curious Mambik, fidgety Zyuzya and others. Friends socialize, go to school, eat ice-cream from salted cucumbers, and in all situations Babish Gilzi knows that he has the best mother in the world, who will be ready to support him whatever happens. This book shows how to become smart, to find good friends, to make journeys and - of course - to play chess. Together with Babish Gilzi and his friends you will learn who is who in the chess world, how all the chess pieces move (even the Queen!), how pawns can go into the transformation and many other useful things that will help you to become the Real Chessplayer.

"Babish Gilzi and his friends"

- is a book of fiction short stories that will engage you to look into the world from an unusual angle and help you to learn many new things. Friends have carefree and happy childhood, they got used to going to school (except for Mryazka, because she is still little), they visit grandparents in a different city, they adore ice-cream from salted cucumbers, they cope with stressful life situations (what do you do, if you were offended?) and they just enjoy life! Cheerful Babish Gilzi, his best friend Mambik, the world champion Zyubarik, jumping Zyuzya, sharp Dugumda and others get to explore the world around them and find something interesting even in very ordinary things. After all, the box from helicopter repair parts can be turned into the outstanding house for Mambik, and you can always make a celebration for your friends and family by yourself out of one idea. With its soft and kind humour this book will brighten the day for readers of any age - both children and their parents.

Characteristics
“Babish Gilzi plays chess”
Category: Children book
Age: 6-13 years old
ISBN: 978-966-03-6906-1
Binding: Hard cover
Illustrations: Colored
Language: Ukrainian, Russian
Number of pages: 95 pages
Format: 225 х 295 mm
Weight: 500 gram
Author: Olena Boytsun
Publisher: Folio
First Edition: 2014
Rights for text and illustrations
belong to the author
Characteristics
“Babish Gilzi and his friends”
Category: Children book
ISBN: 978-966-03-6990-0,
978-966-03-7246-7
Age: 6-13 years old
Binding: Hard cover
Illustrations: Colored
Language: Ukrainian, Russian
Number of pages: 46 pages
Format: 220 х 295 mm
Weight: 346 gram
Author: Olena Boytsun
Publisher: Folio
First Edition: 2014
Rights for text and illustrations
belong to the author
Characteristics
“Babish Gilzi plays chess”
Category: Children book
Age: 6-13 years old
ISBN: 978-966-03-6906-1
Binding: Hard cover
Illustrations: Colored
Language: Ukrainian, Russian
Number of pages: 95 pages
Format: 225 х 295 mm
Weight: 500 gram
Author: Olena Boytsun
Publisher: Folio
First Edition: 2014
Rights for text and illustrations
belong to the author
Characteristics
“Babish and his friends”
Category: Children book
ISBN: 978-966-03-6990-0,
978-966-03-7246-7
Age: 6-13 years old
Binding: Hard cover
Illustrations: Colored
Language: Ukrainian, Russian
Number of pages: 46 pages
Format: 220 х 295 mm
Weight: 346 gram
Author: Olena Boytsun
Publisher: Folio
First Edition: 2014
Rights for text and illustrations
belong to the author
Characteristics
“Babish Gilzi plays chess”
Category: Children book
Age: 6-13 years old
ISBN: 978-966-03-6906-1
Binding: Hard cover
Illustrations: Colored
Language: Ukrainian, Russian
Number of pages: 95 pages
Format: 225 х 295 mm
Weight: 500 gram
Author: Olena Boytsun
Publisher: Folio
First Edition: 2014
Rights for text and illustrations
belong to the author
Characteristics
“Babish Gilzi and his friends”
Category: Children book
ISBN: 978-966-03-6990-0,
978-966-03-7246-7
Age: 6-13 years old
Binding: Hard cover
Illustrations: Colored
Language: Ukrainian, Russian
Number of pages: 46 pages
Format: 220 х 295 mm
Weight: 346 gram
Author: Olena Boytsun
Publisher: Folio
First Edition: 2014
Rights for text and illustrations
belong to the author

About the author

About the
author
Olena Boytsun
international economist, impact investor, Women International Master in chess (WIM).
Olena has devoted many years of her life to the game of chess as a chess player and a chess manager. In 2012 Olena founded the All-Ukrainian Charity Foundation “Chess for Children” that for almost a decade has been supporting chess development and healthy lifestyle among children in Ukraine.

Olena’s entry to literature started with publications of fiction stories and articles in printed media in 1999. Olena Boytsun is an author of the fiction novel “In Oxford” (2009) and series of books for children about Babish Gilzi and his friends.

Olena is the founder of the Communication group Technology and Society that studies the impact of technological advance on societal development. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Kyiv International Economic Forum and chairs the Advisory Board of the public organization “Equal Opportunities Platform”.

The writer cooperated with the Ukrainian designer Elena Zheleznyak to develop wonderful colored illustrations for the books.

Foreign Rights

Foreign
Rights
Books about Babish Gilzi and his friends can be bought in all major
bookstores in Ukraine in Ukrainian and Russian. If you would like
to purchase them in these languages, please, refer to the
corresponding language version of this website.
No English version of the books is available at the moment.
Foreign rights for text and illustrations belong to
the author and are available for purchase.
Please, send any questions regarding the books to
Gilzi@chessforchildren.org

Reception and reviews

Reception and
reviews
Over the years Babish Gilzi and his magic friends have been capturing hearts and minds of many children and adults.
Thanks to them Ukrainian children not only learned to play chess, but also received lessons in positive attitude, healthy lifestyle and sincere friendship in a fun way.
The author of the books Olena Boytsun repeatedly received invitations to TV and radio programs and took part in presentations and events in various cities of Ukraine,
such as Kyiv, Lviv, Dnipro, Kryviy Rih and others.
Babish Gilzi participated in national book exhibitions, including the Book Forum in Lviv, and in 2015 the book “Babish Gilzi and his friends” was selected as part of the national librarian program in Ukraine.
The author - Women International Master in chess Olena Boytsun
– regularly holds events for children “Babish Gilzi invites you to a game of chess”,
during which children have the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and receive gifts.

Olena’s Foundation “Chess for Children” uses books and entertaining materials to encourage children to play chess.

The Foundation organizes events both for beginners and for more experienced young chess players. More information can be found at ChessForChildren.org

Contacts

Contacts

If you have any questions about books on Babish Gilzi and his friends, please, feel free to contact us at Gilzi@chessforchildren.org



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