Melak, all alone

A book that tells the story of a young boy who is forced to flea his country in search of safety, alone with his younger sister and no adult to accompany them. A story about the great voyage towards the unknown, but also about friendship, solidarity and hope.

Argyro Pipini has written a story which contains many stories – it seems simple, maybe because it remains unchangeable through time – and Achilleas Razis gave it the vibrant colours and the shape that befit it. A story about the children who are still being uprooted, who are scared, but also about those children who, through play, friendship, schooling, acceptance and support, can cope with anything – and can change everything. Even their own “unchangeable” story.


Rights available: World


Author: Argyro Pipini
Illustrator: Achilleas Razis
Publisher: Kaleidoscope Publications
Year: 2016
Genre: Picture Book
Format: Hardcover, 16,5 x 30 cm
Pages: 36
Ages: 8+

Awards: Winner of the 2017 Anagnostis Best Illustrated Book Award / Included in the 2018 White Ravens List by the International Youth Library


Argyro Pipini is an author and actress. She studied Political Sciences and Theatre. She loves books, teaches acting, and also works as translator for literature and theatre. In 2012 she received the Greek Society for Literary Translation Award, and in 2013 she received an honorary mention in the Greek IBBY lists for her translations of children’s books. She hosts creative writing seminars and workshops for adults and children in collaboration with a number of institutions. In 2015, her book A journey of their own (Kaleidoscope Publications) won the Best Illustrated Book Award, granted by the literary journal O Anagnostis. The book was also included in the 2015 White Ravens Catalogue. Her website is


Achilleas Razis was born in Lesbos in 1975. He studied Art at the Athens Fine Arts School under Chronis Botsoglou. He has held several personal exhibitions, three of which within the framework of renown ART ATHINA, International Contemporary Art Fair of Athens. He has also exhibited in Nicosia, Cyprus. In 2014 he was the curator of a thematic exhibition entitled “His underwater island”, with the participation of 18 contemporary artists. He has designed several publications and is a collaborator of many free press magazines. A father of twin boys, Razis is currently employed as an art teacher at a Special Education Secondary School. Melak, all alone (Kaleidoscope Publications) is his first illustration project for a children’s picture book. His website is