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I am the smartest

Written by  Ellen DeLange

Illustrated by Malgosia Zajac 

About 'I am the smartest'

Olive the dog wants to play with her friend Squirrel. But Squirrel doesn't have tine. He has to gather acorns for the winter. And than Fox shows up. He's hungry... Who will get what they want? Or will they all win?


A funny story about trying to outwit your friends.


Age: 5+

English release


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Story behind the story

My family has two Jack Russell terriers - mother and daughter. Olive, the little one, loves to go after critters, 

especially squirrels. Not the larger grey ones, but the smaller red ones. One day Olive almost caught one.

This made me think what would happen if a squirrel would turn around to protest being chased all the time.

This story has become a little thinking game, as all animals in the story have their own agenda. Who would gain the most and is the smartest?


About the illustrator

Malgosia Zajac is a Polish illustrator. She live with her family in a very old Polish city called Krakow. This city is well known for it’s famous dragon (unfortunately not in good shape anymore) and for “Wawel” royal castle (still in very good shape). 


She strongly believes that imagination is the most important thing in her artistic live. Her head is always full of all kind of creatures, imaginary friends, magical worlds and incredible storys. She uses her skills and different techniques to create nonexistent worlds on paper in her illustrations.


The shelves in her workshop are full of beautiful books, illustrated by her favorite artists from all over the world. She admires them and still learns something new from them. Malgosia dreams that one day, her illustrated books will be on someones favorite shelve too.


International publications

'I am the smartest' is (will be) available in:

Dutch (2021)

English (2021)

Russian (2022)


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