Roozbeh and Roobzal

Roozbeh and Roobzal / Far and Near Tales

©Daarvak Publishing House 2023


Writer: Farhad Hasanzadeh

Illustrator: Maryam Andaz

Format: Hardcover,

Number of pages: 24 pages


Age: 7 to 14 years

Illustration: Full color

Genre: Children’s Book

Language: German

Publication date: 2023

ISBN: 9783911036016



Roobzal is present in German myths & fairy tales. In our project, author «Farhad Hasanzadeh» created a story based on the character of «Roobzal» who has a special place in German mythology and literature. In this story, a boy encounters Roobzal in his fantasy world. The boy had already read a book about him but has forgotten it. Until one day, he sees Roobzal’s photo on a jam jar brought as a souvenir from Germany. So, in his imagination, Roobzal has come to their house when he tasted the jam. He sees his own image in the mirror in the form of Roobzal and other strange adventures follow.

More about this book:

«Tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human» UNESCO’s 1995 Declaration of Principles on Tolerance
This book is part of a -12volume series called “Far and Near Stories”
In this series, we are looking for sweet and indirect ways to achieve concepts of peace, love and the culture of tolerance for children.
The stories of this collection are not totally based on the folktales and classic stories of each country, but also on their mythical and archetypal characters. In addition, all books are done under the supervision of social and literary experts.


About the author : Farhad Hasanzadeh was born in 1962. He is one of the famous and popular writers for children and youth in Iran, whose fame has reached other countries and his books have been translated into foreign languages ​​​​too. He has won many book awards, including several Iran’s Book of the Year Awards. He was the Iranian nomination for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2017 and 2018. He was a runner-up in the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2018 and finally received the diploma in the award ceremony in Athens, Greece. His novel Hasti has won several awards: winner in the Festival that teens judged, the Silver Sign Award of the Flying Turtle Festival and the best book of the year on behalf of Children’s Book Council. He was among the top six writers selected for Hans Christian Andersen award and brought his appreciation plate back to his home country of Iran. In June 2022, he was nominated to receive the 2023 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.


About the illustrator : Maryam Andaz was born in 1988. She is an illustrator, graphic designer and art director. Maryam is very interested in working in the field of illustration. She has done many art and illustration projects and is currently working professionally with Iranian and foreign publishers. She is also a member of the Iranian Illustrators Association. She has also been selected at the Bologna Illustration Competition.

Key Selling Points
1. We show how gift-giving is important in relationships. In virtually every culture, gifts and the events at which they are exchanged are a crucial part of the essential process of creating and maintaining social relationships.
2. A fresh look at “kindness,” and “respect to other cultures” with miraculous illustrations.
3. Uniquely designed to allow children to find themselves in each page; it is an empowering book for both adults and children who normally hold marginalized identities in societies.
4. A professional resource to help parents, teachers, therapists, and etc. begin to introduce, explore and address this idea: how to make and keep a friendship.