IBBY Turkey - The Children’s Novel of The Year 2005
In his first children’s book, author and documentarist İsmet Bertan is telling a breathless adventure looking at the world both from animals’ and human beings’ points of view. With its simple but perfect language, this book is an unforgettable first novel for especially those who just started to read. While reading the adventure of Speedy Tosbi children are geting prepared to life and feeling the joy of readimg.
Little turtle Tosbi and his mother live in the garden of an elderly couple’s house. Tosbi spends his days feeding on the fresh vegetables in the garden, playing with his friends and Sezen, the granddaughter of the couple. These carefree days end when Tosbi is caught in the claws of a red falcon. Tosbi is pulled in a series of incredible adventures which start with his being a show turtle in a prison, then the subject of a rocket that children are trying to fire. Tosbi falls on a truck full of straw and goes to a zoo far away. Then, Doctor Biri –whom Tosbi meets as a result of an unexpected accident– and his friends take him back home. But the pink crystals of Doctor Biri will change Little Tosbi’s life completely…