Publisher: Kastaniotis Editions
Illustr.: Lila Kalogeri
Pages: 144, softcover
Year of Publication: 2016
A garden and a strange tree adorned with eggs all year round, through winter and summer, spring and autumn. A grandfather and his grandson who take care of the tree and tend to it. And next to them a bunch of people arriving from every corner of the earth to admire the ornate tree. But what happens when one of the thousands of eggs falls off its branch to the ground and mysteriously and magically begins to roll without breaking? Why is everyone chasing after it? How is it possible for one person to think it’s a ball, another person to mistake it for a pearl, another to see it as a comet and yet another as a moon?
Karl, Fritz and the Egg of Happiness is inspired by a similar “egg tree” that exists in Germany and tells us about the pursuit of happiness and what it’s all about in the end. A novel filled with humor, action and a multitude of protagonists running behind a rolling egg that may eventually stop at the reader’s feet, inviting her or him to wonder where happiness lies.
The book has an appendix with the novel suitably adapted into a play for schools. The scenes included give the teacher the flexibility to adapt them to the needs of each classroom.