The Magical Skateboard, 2001

 

Bülent loves to skate. But his skateboard is old and clumsy. There will be a skateboard competition in spring and he is nowhere near ready for it. 

He walks in the park, unhappy, cries out loud: “I want to have a new skateboard! I want it to be fast… I want to almost fly with it…” 

Well, no one is aware of the fact that the oak tree he is walking under is not an ordinary oak tree. It has some special powers. The wind starts to blow… Its leaves rustle and an acorn falls on Bülent’s head. 

If he had never seen the acorn and just left, nothing would have happened. But he does… He puts it in his pocket and just a while later gets what he finds what he wants: A bright new skateboard! 

This is a very special skateboard. It is not only the fastest of all the skateboards around, it can even fly! 

The only thing is, it can only show its magical powers with the acorn in your pocket. Without it, it is just an ordinary skateboard… 

Obviously, Bülent wins the skateboarding competition. But he is not really happy. Thinking that he won just because of some magic powers, bothers his conscience… 

But, wait a minute… His sister tells him that she had thrown Bülent’s acorn away and gave him another one. Could it be that he won the competition without magic?

 

 

 

The Magical Hat, 2002

 

Burak is depressed that evening. For he has to do a total of 102 math problems as tomorrow’s homework. He doesn’t want to start doing it. He doesn’t even want to think about it. He just wants to avoid it, delay it, escape from it… Somehow. But how? He had to be invisible in class! 

Burak voices this wish while walking under the big oak tree in the park. And it happens… A magical acorn drops on his head. That night, he finds a very nice looking hat on his bed that night. A hat that makes the wearer invisible! 

This scary and yet exciting find will be the start of a thrilling adventure for Burak, also a somewhat dangerous one. It is true that he can become invisible when he wants, but he has to take off his “still visible” clothes each time, which is bound to put him in trouble. Burak also wants to impress a girl in his class. So, he tries to correct her exam results with his invisibility skills. However, it backfires badly, as she objects to cheat in the exam in this way. 

Nevertheless, his invisibility will still come in handy when a strange clown shows up at a friend’s birthday… 

 

 

 

The Magical Book, 2002

 

Oktay didn’t like history. Especially when it came in the form of an exam at school. And there would be a difficult history exam next week, just a day after his birthday. Now nobody would come to his party, because they will all have to study. If only there would be a book that could teach him history, but an adventurous and thrilling book, like in the movies… He voices this wish while walking under the big oak tree in the park. And it happens again… A magical acorn drops on his head. 

The next morning, he has his birthday party. Surprisingly, many of his friend shows up despite the exam, all thanks to the efforts of his friend, Nilüfer. Oktay receives many presents that day, but there was a particular strange book that he cannot figure out where it comes from. It is a shiny covered history book and Oktay decides to examine with Nilüfer after the party. 

It turns out that whenever they turn a page, the book takes them to a different time. First, into the age of dinosaurs, where they will be chased by a hungry T-Rex… Then into the future, where they will find themselves on a spaceship that has talking computers. Finally they will end up some 30 years back in time to meet Nilüfer’s parents when they were kids. There they accidentally lose the book at their grandparents’ home, and thus their only way of returning to their own time. They will have to get it back from their own grandfather somehow, who does not even know who they actually are…

 

 

 

The Magical Umbrella, 2003

 

Nilay was anxious to go to school and see Ömer, her new classmate, because she likes him a lot. But the schools were closed due to heavy snowfall. If only she could have the power to control the weather… She voices this wish while walking under the big oak tree in the park. And it happens… A magical acorn drops on her head. 

The next morning, she finds a colorful umbrella at the doorway. When she opens it, the umbrella POPS and the snow stops and sun shines again. She pops it again, this time it rains! She does it again, and it turns into a hot summer day! She and her dad use this opportunity for a promenade in the woods, where they spot some shady figures cutting trees with bulldozers to build a villa. It turns out to be an illegal construction in the forest. Nilay furiously pops her umbrella again to make it rain. So the construction stops for a while. And so it happens… 

But making it rain endlessly would have drastic effects on other people in the city. What’s worse; when she attends Ömer’s birthday party, she finds out that it was Ömer’s father who runs the illegal construction. Devastated by the news, Nilay now has to find a way to stop the construction permanently, without hurting Ömer’s feelings, who doesn’t actually know that the construction is illegal. 

 

 

 

The Magical Globe, 2004

 

Ozan loves his grandma. He wants to see her more often. The problem is that she lives in New Zealand! He says: “I wish it would be easier to go there… I wish I could be there in one second…” 

Ozan voices this wish while walking under the big oak tree in the park. And it happens… A magical acorn drops on his head. 

 The next morning, he finds a globe at home. With the acorn in his pocket, he touches New Zealand on the globe with his finger and finds himself there right away… 

He tries to find his way around with his basic English knowledge (he now wishes that he had paid more attention to his classes), so he could at least find his grandmother. But when he hops in at the back of a small truck on the road, he will find himself in the middle of drug traffickers and a thrilling adventure. 

 

 

 

The Magical Glasses, 2007

 

Emre accidentally drops his mother’s ring into the washbasin. He tries to get it out but it gets deep down into the pipe. In frustration, he says: “Why is it not possible to see inside of things? I wish I had such a power…” 

Well, no one is aware of the fact that the oak tree he is walking under is not an ordinary oak tree. It has some special powers. The wind starts to blow… Its leaves rustle and an acorn falls on his head.Then he finds a pair of glasses exactly like the one he just got from the ophthalmologist they visited the day before. 

As he is entering a shopping mall with his mom,

 he sees a man who is carrying a plastic mannequin. But when he looks carefully with his glasses, he spots some strange wiring setup in it. He tells his mom and she gets suspicious and alerts the security. It turns out that there was a bomb inside the mannequin and Emre becomes the hero of the day for preventing an explosion. 

As the reporters interview with him on TV after the incident, some people start making plans which would require Emre’s ability to see inside of things. 

In the end, Emre would be kidnapped and taken to Angel Falls in Venezuela! 

 

 

 

The Magical Earring, 2009

 

Elif cannot sleep well, because her poor parents can’t afford a bigger house to give her a bed. They all live in a house with one room and sleep in one bed. She once says: “I wish I was so small that I can fit anywhere…” 

Well, no one is aware of the fact that the oak tree he is walking under is not an ordinary oak tree. It has some special powers. The wind starts to blow… Its leaves rustle and an acorn falls on her head.Later, she finds herself as small as a finger and life gets harder and harder with some unexpected things happening. events.

 

 

 

The Magical Ball, 2009

 

Deniz can’t play football well. In fact he can’t even hit the ball correctly. He complains: “Why can’t I hit the ball in a way it goes exactly where I want it to go?..” 

Well, no one is aware of the fact that the oak tree he is walking under is not an ordinary oak tree. It has some special powers. The wind starts to blow… Its leaves rustle and an acorn falls on his head.His friends in the football team are surprised to see Deniz playing so good and they accept him to the team. 

Complications arise when some people want to buy the house of the lady who owns the field that they’re playing on. 

His ability to kick the ball so neatly is required to resolve some issues, with the help of a monkey…

 

 

 

The Magical Pencil, 2009

 

When the Spanish have invaded the land of Aztecs in 1500s, Spanish monk Zumarraga insisted that the Aztecs sould forget their local culture and assimilate within Spanish culture religion. So he demanded that the symbols of all native cultures including Aztec manuscripts be destroyed. The Aztecs who resisted did their best to hide and protect the manuscripts from Zumarraga. 

 

THE STORY 

Caner hated homework. He asked himself: “Why do we have to write when everything is on the Internet anyway? If I have to write, could there be

 a way to write faster? Why doesn’t this pencil write faster?” 

Well, no one is aware of the fact that the oak tree he is walking under is not an ordinary oak tree. It has some special powers. The wind starts to blow… Its leaves rustle and an acorn falls on his head.Later, he finds a pencil on his desk and with the acorn in his pocket, he tries to finish his homework, when he realizes that he can write dozens of pages in just one second. 

They need to use this power to help Aztecs to copy their manuscripts but for that, they need to use the magic book to travel through time, and they need the magic globe to travel to the place where Aztecs lived. 

Here is where the heroes of the Magical Book and the Magical Globe come together.

 

 

 

The Magical Car, 2013

 

Berke got a pedal car as a gift. It looked like an ordinary pedal car, until he loudly expressed his wish for the car to go on its own… 

Well, no one is aware of the fact that the oak tree he is walking under is not an ordinary oak tree. It has some special powers. The wind starts to blow… Its leaves rustle and an acorn falls on his head.A friend of his father had made him this car and he in fact was working on a very secret project to produce a special battery, which will make car engines to work with water! 

Of course, such secrets can never be hidden so long and this is where Berke and his car perform a role with his girlfriend Gülay takes part. 

 

 

 

The Magical Box, 2015 

THE BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD

by The Association of Children’s Books (Turkish IBBY)

 

Fourth grade student Baran gets his pocket money every morning from a shoe box that his parents keep under his bed. He wishes that he would have more money, especially when he needs to buy a gift for his beautiful classmate for her birthday. His wish comes true after he tells it out loud as he was walking under the magical oak tree. He finds lots of money in the box next morning and this keeps on going until he wants to help his friend whose father needs a huge amount of money to be saved from some bandits…

 

 

Magical World Map, 2013

This book was ordered by The Turkish Ministry of Culture for the commemoration of the 500th year of Piri Reis’s (Captain Piri) famous world map.

 

THE STORY

Asım wanted to be a sailor. Almost everyday, he was going to the seaside of Gelibolu coast and observe the ships passing by.

There was a ruined stone small building in their garden and one day he managed to get in to find a strange map. As soon as he touched the map he found himself and his friend Suna in an antique war ship, in a time 500 years ago…

 

They spent some time with Captain Piri, without knowing anything about him. Captain Piri told them about the map he was working on.