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The Brave Adventures of Lapitch (Croatian: Čudnovate zgode šegrta Hlapića), also known as The Marvellous Adventures of Hlapić the Apprentice, is a 1913 novel by Croatian children's author Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić.
In the story, a poor young orphan called Lapitch works as the apprentice for the Scowlers—a mean-mannered shoemaker, and his kind-hearted wife. After Master Scowler blames him for the wrong size of a customer's shoes, Lapitch leaves a note and runs away from home. Later joined by Bundaš, the Scowlers' dog, he sets off on a seven-day adventure, during which he meets Gita, a circus performer, and encounters a local thief known as the Black Man.
Movie adaptation(s) based on the story
- In 1997, the Croatia Film company released an animated feature adaptation, Lapitch the Little Shoemaker.
- In 2013, the Maydi Film & Video released an live action adaptation of this Croatian classic, The Brave Adventures of a Little Shoemaker adapted and directed by Silvije Petranović, which scored the top position on the list of the most watched children’s films since 1990.
More information about the translations of the novel into foreign languages is available online.
- "Croatian Esperanto Association: One Hundred Years of Activity". Zagreb Tourist Board. 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-18.
- "Čudnovate zgode šegrta Hlapića". Hlapic.org. Retrieved 2016-01-05.
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