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I’m a monster. What about you?

Children's Event


Vagelis Iliopoulos, popular author of children’s books, leads a creative event on monsters of Greek mythology.

Could the monsters of Greek mythology be... misunderstood? Shouldn’t they have the chance to tell us their story from their own point of view? They might turn out to be rather nice, after all... 

3 + 1 monsters await young booklovers in the hope of revealing their most... sympathetic side! Participants should have some small brown-paper bags, markers, straws, pipe cleaners and a pair of scissors.

The event is based on the successful books of Vagelis Iliopoulos, "The Medusa Story", "The Griffin Story" and "The Minotaur’s Story" illustrated by Stelios Livanos and published by Melissa Publications. 

The event will be held online through Zoom and is designed for children aged 5-12.

Vagelis Iliopoulos was born in Athens in 1964. He studied Pedagogy and Theology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Since 1984 he has been working in primary private education. In 2013, he was designated a mental health messenger by the Association for the Psychosocial Health of Children and Adolescents.
In 1995, his first children's book The Adventure of the Creased Sock (Οι Περιπέτειες μιας Ζαρωμένης Κάλτσας) was published. A prolific writer to this day, he has authored many successful books for children and teenagers with The Little Triangle-fish (Ο Τριγωνοψαρούλης, 1997), The Suitcase and the Three Teapots (Η Βαλίτσα με τις Τρεις Τσαγιέρες, 2001), The Little Disgusting Brown Ball (Καφέ Αηδιαστικό Μπαλάκι, 2003), Ready Since a Long-time Past (Έτοιμος από Καιρό, 2005), Play it Backwards (Παίξε το Ανάποδα, 2008), Migrating Stories (Κι οι Ιστορίες Μεταναστεύουν, 2009), Does the Real Triceratops Get Scared? (Ο Αληθινός Τρικέρατωψ Φοβάται; 2015), Raising My Grandmother (Μεγαλώνοντας τη Γιαγιά Μου, 2016), Thomas Q.bit: Traveller in the Mirror of Time (Θωμάς Q.bit: Ταξιδιώτης στο Κάτοπτρο του Χρόνου, 2017) and The Boat Called Memory (Η Βάρκα που τη Λένε Μνήμη, 2017). His adventures have been translated and published in Bulgaria, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Serbia, Malaysia, Turkey, Korea and China.
Iliopoulos has been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Award by the Cyprus Department of IBBY and for the H. C. Andersen Award by the Hellenic Department of IBBY - Greek Children's Book Circle, which named him Ambassador of the Greek Children's Book for 2018.

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