This picture book deals with the issue of hyperactive children who are creative and often highly intelligent, but nevertheless have trouble succeeding in school. They spend much of their time daydreaming and cannot focus. Oftentimes they have trouble writing and reading, forget what they had learned in class as soon as they come from school, and don’t know what assignments they have for homework... And no matter how hard they try, they find it almost impossible to maintain a focus on assignments that are boring or dull to them. Aerial Ian is a story about one such boy, whose thoughts are as restless as the wind. “Ian lived in his own make-believe world that he drew in little notebooks. Like all children, he wanted to be good. But…”

Author - award-winning illustrator Andrea Petrlik, Croatian candidate for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2017 and 2018, 2019 and Hans Christian Andersen Award 2018. Partialy used Neo Huseinovic (author’s son) illustrations. “Jan Vjetroviti” -

AERIAL IAN is a White Raven 2015, i.e. It has been selected for our annual catalogue of book recommendations in the field of international children’s and youth literature.

Picture book about boy with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

HARDBACK, 42 pp, 180 x 220 mm full color illustrations


Ian is a boy like any other. Whenever he feels bad, he draws clouds and hides behind them, or finds his sanctuary in a world of fairy tales. However, he shall soon realise that even in the fairy tale world, not everything is perfect, and that happiness and strength do not come from anywhere else but ourselves.

Written by Kašmir Huseinović, illustrated by Andrea Petrlik

PAPERBACK, 24 pp, 205x205 mm, full color illustrations