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Oster, Grigory Bentsionovich


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Grigory Bensionovich Oster - prose and poet. Laureate of the State Prize of the Russian Federation (2002).
The future writer was born on November 27, 1947 in Odessa in the family of a port mechanic.
After graduating from high school in 1966, he served in the Northern Fleet for three years.
In 1969, returned to Odessa.
In 1970 he arrived in Moscow, entered the Gorky Literary Institute at the Department of Dramatic Art. He studies by correspondence.
He wrote a number of plays for puppet theaters: "A Man with a Tail" (1976), "All Wolves Are Afraid" (1979), etc. In 1975, the first children's book was published. In the 1980s continues to write plays: "Hello monkey" (1983), the comedy "The Secret Fund" (1986), and others, creates fairy tale films: "Boy and Girl" (1981), "How Goose Lost" (1988), "Gotcha who was biting! " (1989) and others. Among the books: "Bad Advice" (1994), "Task Book" (1994), "A Tale with Details" (1998), "Thirteen Greed" (1999), "Adult Education" (1999), " 38 parrots "(1999)," Signs and superstitions "(2000)," Hello Monkey "(2000)," Non-visual aid "(2000)," Terrible puzzles "(2001)," Got that bit! " (2001), "Papamamalogia" (2001), "Some Troubles" (2001), "Garland of Kids" (2001), "Visgkultura" (2001), "School Dream Book" (2002), "The Adventures of Pyth" (2002) , "All the tales of Gregory Oster" (2004), "Kitten named Gav" (2005) and many others. other
In animation he worked with directors I.V. Ufimtsev, L.K.Atamanov, O.E. Rozovskaya, R.A. Gavrilko, R. B. Zelma, A.I.Solin, V.I.Pekarem and others.
He participated in the creation of a presidential website for children in 2004.
The Oster phenomenon in contemporary Russian culture and children's literature is unparalleled. With the exception of Ouspensky, his status is difficult to compare with the status of any other modern children's writer. His "Bad Advices" are sold off by fantastic circulations, his cartoons have become classics during the author's life, his authority on television and radio programs on raising children and reading children is unshakable. In 2002, the critic Marina Poryadina summed up a peculiar "result" of his literary fame as follows: "The auster became" too much ": he alone took up a good third of the reading consciousness of children’s literature."


Oster has Jewish roots. Childhood and adolescence spent in Yalta. In 1966 he served in the Northern Fleet [ source not specified 2441 days ]. In 1970 he entered the department of drama of the Literary Institute. M. Gorky in Moscow, who graduated in 1982.

He is the author of many works for children, such as “A Tale with Details”, “PapamoMalogiya”, “Adult Education”, “Grandma Boa”, “Bad Advice”, “Divination by hands, legs, ears, back and neck”. He wrote scenarios of the cartoon films “38 Parrots”, “Got That Who Bites!”, “Kitten By The Name Of Gav”, “Monkey” and others, of the feature film “Until First Blood”.

In the late 1990s, Mikhail Epshtein and Alexander Genis included Gregory Oster in the “Who is who in Russian postmodernism” list [4]. In this list, consisting of 170 names, Oster is the only children's writer who "contributed to the development of post-totalitarian Russian literature." At the same time, the writer never belonged to either the socialist realist, or to the dissident, or to the avant-garde literary camp. According to the observations of critics, his aesthetics is distinguished by "stylistic eclecticism, subtext, quotation, play of signers, irony, parody and stylization" [4].

From September 7, 2008 to July 18, 2009, together with the singer Glukoz’oy, she conducted the program “Children's pranks” at STS.

In an anthology of children's literature published in Canada, Gregory Oster with his “Bad advice” was the most widely circulated - 12 million copies, while other authors honored a maximum of 300–400 thousand. [ source not specified 562 days ]


Grisha was born on November 27, 1947 in the city of Odessa. But soon the family moved to permanent residence in the Crimean Yalta.

Writing abilities of the boy were instilled by his mother almost from birth. She introduced her son to the music of the Russian language. When little Grisha was still in the cradle, his mother read to him by heart the works of Lermontov and Pushkin. She worked as a librarian, so Gregory learned to read early and did it with great pleasure, never reading classes were for a child from under a stick.

At first there were fairy tales, then Russian and Soviet classics in children's literature. And when he grew up, he read everything. In the early 1960s, the collected works of great writers and Oster began to literally swallow them - Chekhov, Kuprin, Veresaev. He was greatly influenced by Pasternak's poetry and works from the Fiction Library series, especially Strugatsky.

Gregory had, and still remains, two favorite writers - Dostoevsky and Dumas. He rereads the epic about the musketeers every 5-7 years, and all the time he finds something new for himself.

The most vivid childhood memories were the siphon, with which it was possible to make sparkling water at home, and the collection of scrap metal during the school years. Grisha was still a little boy when a siphon appeared in their house. He then told the grandmother: "See how great, what a wonderful invention, now there will always be soda at home".

The writer also remembered well how they collected scrap metal with classmates, at that time it was very much practiced in schools, even standards were set for children. To fulfill the plan, they and the guys climbed over the fences to the factories and dragged from there everything metal that they came across.

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Gregory's childhood was post-war, perhaps, therefore, it lacked freedom. The grandmother thought that it was impossible to let the child go outside for a walk alone. To play not under adult supervision, Grisha had to run away with friends.

Beginning of literary activity

In 1966, Oster graduated from a secondary school in Yalta and soon he was drafted into the ranks of the Soviet army. He came to the Northern Fleet, where he served as a sailor for three years.

Returning from the army, Gregory immediately wanted to link his further path with literature and writing. In 1970 he became a student at the Gorky Institute of Literature in Moscow.

At first, he composed adult verses, but in order for them to bring in a salary for which one could exist, it was required at that time to write only on two themes - the party and the love of the party. And then gradually the author began to retrain for a children's audience, then he liked it so much that he did not want to go back to adult literature. After all, children do not need to explain anything in their works; they perfectly sense humor and understand sarcasm.

In addition, Oster believes that he made the discovery. Darwin once said that a man was descended from a monkey, and Grigory Bentsionovich claims that adults were descended from children. And it is very important that a person does not cease to feel himself a child in the depths of his soul, so the whole world around is perceived much easier.

The very first of his fees Gregory earned scenarios for animated films and plays for children's theaters. Already several generations of Russian children have grown up on cartoons made from Oster’s pop works:

  • "Kitten named Woof",
  • "Ushastik and his friends",
  • "38 parrots",
  • "Baba Yaga against",
  • "Got that bite",
  • "Underground crossing",
  • "Like a fox a hare is catching up."

In 1989, the film "Before the first blood" was shot at the Gorky film studio based on the script by Gregory Oster.

“Bad advice”

The first "bad advice" was published in 1983 in the magazine "Kolobok". Of course, they compared dissidence, put sticks in the wheels of the state machine of the USSR, undermined the authority of teachers, and parents were generally enraged. For a long time on the path of "bad advice" was a huge blank wall.

Then Gregory literally miraculously managed to read the first batch on the radio. After that, bags of letters began to arrive on the radio station for Oster. Half were written by grandparents, the essence of their messages was that Gregory was a saboteur. The second pile of bags was from children. Little readers wrote to the author that they liked his “bad advice”, it is very funny and no one would ever think to execute them. Children at the expense of their immediacy are sometimes wiser than adults. They clearly understood that the author had started a game with them.

When the first book of “Bad Advice” was published in the introduction, Oster wrote that scientists had made a discovery about the existence of naughty children who do absolutely everything in life the other way around. When they are told to go wash their hands, they don't do it on purpose. If they are asked to greet someone, they are silent. The author came up with giving such children not useful, but harmful advice. They will do the opposite and get it right.

The popularity of "bad advice" can be judged by the fact that since the distant 1983, when the first batch was heard on the radio, as many as four books have already been published. Although for a long time these works went soft-bound and without color pictures, books were fully published in 1994.

Now there are a lot of imitations on the Internet. Grigory Oster, as an author, is even pleased, because he understands that he has created a new genre in literature that has followers. He collects such imitations, they send him hundreds. Sooner or later he is going to publish a book under his editorship called “Harmful people's councils”.

Other literary works

Of course, Gregory Oster didn’t intend to put sticks in the wheels of teachers of Soviet schools. Moreover, he tried to give them his shoulder in helping to educate the younger generation. So came the "Non-visual aids" in physics and mathematics with ridiculous puzzles.

And then Gregory began to develop new disciplines and publish textbooks in general:

  • "Papamamology". In this book, with his inherent humor, the author tells the children about their parents, their environment, habits and problems. Children should understand and tame incomprehensible adults.
  • "Adult Education." This textbook is a continuation of the book "Papamamology".
  • "Kvartirovedenie". This science gives answers to many children's questions that relate to houses and apartments - what can be found under the bed, when and why does spring spring in the refrigerator, can an apartment be shaped like a ball?
  • "Candymaking". Such a science as eating sweets can be practiced for the rest of your life, or rather, until your teeth completely fall out.
  • "A problem about friendship and a fight."
  • "A problem about love and kisses."
  • "Vriterature". A textbook on how to not just lie to adults, but to create with this whole "vrituratyurnye" works.
  • "How to pry into the future." Textbook for predictors of primary school age.

There are admirers of the talent of Gregory Oster and abroad, his books are read in America. The writer is eternally grateful to those parents and grandparents who, having left for permanent residence abroad, managed to raise their children and grandchildren bilingual. Oster even wants to create the Order of the Russian language, which would be given to people living abroad and who were able to instill in children a love for their native language.

The last literary works of the writer are similar to a psychological workshop, he collected many short funny stories and combined them into the collection “Children and These”. There are already several volumes. The eternal problem is the relationship between children and adults. Both those, and others constantly try to influence each other, are in continuous fight. Therefore, the author used a simple technique - changed their places. In these books, everything that children usually do is done by adults, and vice versa.

The brightest work of the writer is “A Tale with Details”. This book is equally interesting for both adults and children, everyone laughs, only in different places.

Kremlin site

In 2002, a girl from Kaluga offered President Vladimir Putin to make a Presidential website for children. Vladimir Vladimirovich responded to this proposal and commissioned the writer Grigory Oster to develop the project.

The famous Kremlin website "President of Russia - to citizens of school age," which is led by Grigory Bentsionovich, does not bring any money income, it is exclusively a public work of the writer. There is no glorification of the President of Russia or lizoblyudstva. Oster explains to the children how the state is organized, whether the President of the country copes with his work.

Naturally, since this is the website of the President, Grigori Oster has repeatedly met with Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev and Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. The current President of the country has always participated in the preparation of sections of the site.

Many acquaintances of Gregory said to him: “Why did you cooperate with the authorities? And besides, it's free. ”. But the writer is firmly convinced that a person in life works out of three motives - for money, for pleasure and for glory. In the last two cases, it is possible to work for free. Oster worked painstakingly at this site not only for schoolchildren to go there, but also for education staff and school principals.

Tried himself Gregory and on television. Together, singer Natalia Ionova (Glucose) on STS TV channel, he hosted the program “Children's pranks”.

Personal life

Gregory had four wives, with all of them he still has good relations. It is rare with someone, with others the other way around often, while never quarreling with their former women. He is absolutely a man without conflict.

The writer has five children. The first child - daughter Kate - was born in the third marriage, but after the divorce of the parents most often lived with her father and his new wife. Last wife Maya Georgievna gave birth to Oster another four children - Lia, Sanya, Masha and Nikita.

As the writer himself says, he has two waves of children. The first three were born with a difference of just over a year. Then there was a period of calm, and it seemed to Gregory and his wife that this would be the end of the matter. However, when Oster was 45 years old, he again began to play hard. She and Maya had never planned children, and if such an opportunity arose, that is, pregnancy, they did not miss their chance.

Daughters and sons have long become adults. Kate is engaged in apartment design, Lia is an artist, graduated from the Surikov School, her son Sasha works in the advertising business in the newspaper field. The younger children of Oster Masha and Nikita received home education. Until the fifth grade, they went to an ordinary school, and then their parents decided to study at home, the children were hired good tutors in all subjects, and the school curriculum was already an external student by the age of 13. The main thing is that during this period the child had some kind of collective for communication - a sports section or a music school.

Grigory Bentsionovich is already the grandfather of two charming girls.

The writer loves to rest in the Crimea, prefers his homeland to trips abroad and trips. When the Soviet Union collapsed, Oster suffered greatly from the fact that he and his old father were residents of different countries (my father lived in Yalta, which was after the collapse of the USSR in Ukraine). Many acquaintances reproached the writer why he cannot transport his elderly father to Moscow. But Gregory judged everything very correctly, why take an old man to the noisy, bustling Moscow if he lived all his life in Yalta and he feels good there.

When it is cold and slushy in the capital of Russia, it is warm in Crimea. Gregory often traveled there earlier with his entire family, especially when the second wave of children was still quite small. He likes the people around him to speak their native language during the holidays, so Oster always preferred Yalta to any five-star hotels abroad. And what a pleasure to bring blossoming almond, and later plum trees. He will never trade his little homeland for anything.

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We all come from childhood

The full name of George Oster is Grigory Bentsionovich. The writer's father's name literally translates as "son of Zion." This suggests that the children's writer has Jewish roots.

Grigory Oster was born in seaside Odessa, in the rainy autumn of 1947. However, soon his parents moved to the sunny Crimean Yalta, where the boy spent his entire childhood and youth. Yalta is an interesting picturesque city, which has grand architectural monuments and magnificent natural landscapes. However, Oster's school memories are not connected with nature or art, but with more pragmatic things.

As the writer once confessed, his most vivid childhood memories are a wonderful siphon, thanks to which you could drink soda in the house, as well as collecting scrap metal at school, because of which he climbed with the guys to the factories in search of something iron.

Acquaintance with literature

The love of writing and exquisite literature Oster instilled in his mother. She worked as a librarian, so from the very birth she read literature to her son. And not any, but the Russian classics - the immortal creations of Pushkin and Lermontov.

Gregory Oster, who learned to read quite early, with all his heart fell in love with literary works. At first it was, of course, fables and fairy tales. Чуть позднее – детская отечественная классика, на смену которой пришла взрослая поэзия и научная фантастика. До сих пор Григорий Бенционович обожает двух писателей, произведения которых регулярно перечитывает с интервалом в пять-шесть лет. Это Дюма и Достоевский.

At the age of eighteen, having received a secondary education, the future writer was drafted into the army, in which he served in the Northern Fleet. After three years of military service, George Oster decides to devote his life to writing and goes to conquer Moscow. A young man enters the Moscow Gorky Literary Institute at the faculty of drama.

The first samples of the pen

At first, a novice writer was attracted by creative activities for adults - he wrote beautiful lyrical works with a psychological and philosophical bias. However, in those days (the beginning of the 1970s), in order to earn a living in verses, it was necessary to make rhymes only in honor of the party and party ideas. Therefore, a gifted young man decided to retrain. Since then, the creative biography of George Oster has found its vivid exclusive purpose - he became a children's writer.

He wanted to delight and amuse little readers by conveying information at their level in a lively and imaginative language. Children do not need many intricate words and sentences. They love funny short phrases that help them to look at themselves, to find a solution to a difficult problem, or simply to have fun.

Animated screenwriter

In the period from 1970 to 1980, Grigory Bentsionovich Oster is the screenwriter of many funny cartoons that are still popular. In his witty sparkling works such funny comedy paintings were created, such as “A garland of kids”, “A kitten named Gav”, “Watch out monkeys!”, “Got caught, who bit.” These animated pictures reflect the cheerful and playful character of their screenwriter, his simple comedic humor and cheerful excitement of excitement, which not only entertains and entertains, but also teaches, instructs, educates. For example, small viewers, carefully watching the mischievous naughty monkeys, can see themselves in them and laugh at their pranks and pranks. A touching and good-natured kitten named Gav will certainly teach the children to be friends, share, be responsive and attentive.

Big movie

It should also be mentioned that, according to Oster’s script, the feature film “Before the First Blood” was shot, telling about the realities of the military-patriotic game “Zarnitsa”. The guys from the pioneer camp, who decided to take part in the competition, are divided into "blue" and "green". They vigorously experience the events of an exciting game, trying to match the ideal of the chosen characters. The plot of the film in the allegorical form conveys the psychology of this war through the eyes of emotional teens.

The history of the popularity of “harmful advice”

At most, George Oster was famous for his unsurpassed and eccentric “Harmful Tips”. The first tips were printed in separate rhymes in 1983 in the children's magazine “Kolobok”. What was the response to this unusual piece by Gregory Oster? “Bad advice” was evaluated by the Soviet authorities as dissident, undermining parental and teacher authority. They caused an explosion of rage and misunderstanding among the adult public. How did the children's writer Oster respond? “Bad advice” was a matter of principle for him. He understood that he had put the correct but unusual idea into the book, so he tried his best to bring it to the Russian public. Soon he had a new opportunity.

The writer Oster was invited to the radio, where he managed to read several of his “harmful” poems. Success was overwhelming! The radio station was littered with letters for the writer. One half of the correspondence was written by angry adults, and the other by satisfied children. Little listeners admitted that they would not carry out bad advice, but that it was very funny and interesting for them to listen to them. Some time after this incident, the first full-fledged publication of “Harmful Tips” was released. He was followed by three more. Now this book is one of the most readable in children's literature and is a symbolic business card of Oster.

The history of the creation of "harmful advice"

What prompted the author to take up writing these humorous rhymes that cause so much anxiety and excitement among the readers? The fact is, as George Oster himself explained, that many children, by virtue of their nature, constantly act contrary to what is demanded of them. For example, they are asked to brush their teeth, but they refuse. Or greet them, and they turn away in response. What to do? How to fix the situation? Gregory Oster found a way out - giving bad advice to the children so that they do the opposite, and it worked out right! Is this method suitable for raising naughty children? Time will tell.

Other editions

Among the many other books Oster worth paying attention to his popular works in a comic form. These are the “Mathematical Problem Book”, and “Physics”, and “Petka-Microbe”. What is remarkable data publications? Let us briefly illustrate with one example what George Oster wanted to achieve with his writings. The “math problem book”, which he wrote to help those who do not like to learn, will encourage your child to look at arithmetic in a new way.

The book really contains interesting puzzles. However, this is not the usual school assignments. These are unusual, fascinating mathematical exercises that will impress a child with their eccentricity and inventiveness, and will help him use his imagination and imagination. After reading this book, the little reader will most likely have a desire to solve ordinary school tasks.

The specifics of creativity

What is remarkable are the literary works of Oster? As the writer himself explains, he writes not only for children, but also for adults. One of his goals is to make it so that when reading a piece together it would be interesting not only for kids, but also for their parents. Therefore, the poems of George Oster expressive and dynamic, they raise questions of interest to readers of all ages. They cause a cheerful smile and sincere laughter, good mood and improve well-being.

The same can be said about the prose works that George Oster wrote. The stories and tales of the writer take readers to the wonderful world of childhood, a fictional fairy-tale country, where one world reigns and fun, joy and enthusiasm, friendship and adventure.

State project

Interestingly, since 2004, George Oster has been one of the participants in the Kremlin’s Internet project “President of Russia for School-Age Citizens”. This online resource helps children to correctly navigate the political and public life of the country, and the writer, thanks to his light style and comic style, clearly and deeply explains to young users deep and serious disciplines, as well as answers their various questions. In connection with this activity, Oster repeatedly meets with the President of the Russian Federation, discussing certain topics with him. The work carried out by Grigory Bentsionovich in the Internet project, he does voluntarily and free of charge.

Another of Oster’s media projects (from 2008 to 2009) was his children's television program, which he conducted with bright and eccentric leading glucose. The program was a game contest for children, consisting of several stages, the prize of which was a prize of twenty five thousand rubles!

Childhood and youth

Grigory Bentsionovich Oster was born in Odessa on November 27, 1947. Later his family moved to Yalta. His love for reading little Grisha was instilled by his mother, who worked as a librarian, and in high school he became interested in poetry and began to write poetry himself.

Gregory Oster

After school, Gregory went to the army, where he served in the Northern Fleet, and after demobilization, he entered the capital Literary Institute for the correspondence department of the drama department. During his studies, the future writer worked as a night watchman in the famous fairy tales in Yalta.


Oster’s debut book was a book of poems written at the age of 16. They were intended for adult readers and claimed the status of serious lyrics. The collection was published in 1974, when Grigori Bentsionovich was still serving in the army. When publishing the editors, they strongly “cut” the book and threw out a significant part of the poems from it, which upset the novice author.

Writer Gregory Oster

By the end of his studies at the institute, Oster finally decided that he would not write for adults: he constantly rejected the need to constantly mix communist propaganda into poetry and novels, besides, it was very difficult to make his way through this medium and earn his creative work.

“I took up children's literature for reasons of survival, but I liked this case so much that I started doing it further,” says Grigory Bentsionovich.

The children's collection “How well to give presents” brought wide fame to the writer. It was there that 4 heroes appeared for the first time - Boa, Baby Elephant, Parrot and Monkey, which later became the characters of the cartoon films “38 Parrots” and “Grandma Boa”. Soon came the recognition in the field of drama: the play “The Man with the Tail” in 1976 successfully passed in puppet theaters.

Gregory Oster and the characters in the fairy tale "38 parrots"

After 2 years, Oster wrote the famous "Kitten named Woof." The fairy tale formed the basis of an animated film that was beloved by Soviet children.

The “Bad Advice” series began as separate small poems intended for publication in magazines. The first piece of advice “Brave Cook” was published in “Kolobka” in 1983. The idea of ​​giving advice “on the contrary” really liked the little readers, but their parents did not immediately appreciate them - it took time for the jokes to “reach” to an adult audience. Later, “Bad Advice” turned into a separate literary genre - Oster had many followers and imitators.

Gregory Oster and his “Bad Advice”

Grigory Bentsionovich considers his best work “A Tale with Details”, written in the spirit of a hypertextual novel, but, as he once complained in an interview, the publishers “did not rush to tear it out of their hands”.

An important part of Oster's creative biography is work in film and animation. Since the 1980s, he has been working as a screenwriter for children's films and fairy tales. The first works in this area were "Boy and Girl" and "How Gossenok Lost." In the animation, the writer worked with renowned directors - Vyacheslav Kotenochkin, Lev Atamanov, Maya Miroshkina, Vladimir Pekar.

Gregory Oster

The plots of his stories formed the basis for full-fledged performances, for example, The School of Modern Play created a staging based on Harmful Tips. Oster also wrote screenplays for the Jumble newsreel.

In 1996, the author received the first award - the prize of the reader's competition for the Golden Key. In 2002, he received the State Prize of Russia in the field of literature and art and the prestigious Korney Chukovsky Prize, and in 2007 Gregory Oster became an Honored Artist of the Russian Federation.

Gregory Oster and his books

Since 2004, the writer has been part of the development team of a special state website for children. The resource called "President of Russia - to citizens of school age" in an accessible form tells about the work of the authorities in the country. According to the writer, he does this work voluntarily and free of charge, and everything that he wrote for the resource was approved personally by Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev.

In 2008-2009, Oster hosted the TV program “Children's pranks” along with the singer Glucose. It was a game project, the main prize of which, despite the young audience, was a sum of money.

Gregory Oster in the program "Children's pranks"

Grigory Bentsionovich is the author of a series of humorous textbooks on physics and mathematics, which he himself calls "beloved manuals." The goal of these works is to develop not only the ability to count and solve problems, but rather a sense of humor and fantasy. Oster invented new sciences for children, for example, “Candymaking”, “Vriteratura”, “None-lesson”, and published task books on them.

The writer makes the characters masterfully display and parody the behavior of small children, and is able to faithfully reproduce the atmosphere of the school and the home environment (“School of Horrors”, “Children and These”). Auster's books are full of mysteries, verbal findings, interesting facts. They not only entertain, but also teach compose, help the development of speech.

Writer Gregory Oster

The rich language of the writer, the abundance of invented words and funny characters in textbooks teach children the subtleties of the Russian language. At the same time, his tales and poems touch on topics that are important for young readers: behavior culture, psychology, and safety. In an accessible form, they explain to the little reader what is happening around him - in the family, among friends, on TV, on the street. The author is famous for accurate and ironic statements about children. Quotes from his interview quickly diverge on the web.

“If the child is not interested in reading, he will not. If the child is not interested to listen, he will turn away. And a children's writer can only be truly honest, because, unlike adults, children cannot be fooled, ”explains Oster, the reason for his success.

Gregory Benzionovich Oster. short biography

The famous Soviet and Russian children's writer, poet, screenwriter, playwright, Honored Artist of the Russian Federation. The creator of the genre of "bad advice". With the exception of E. Ouspensky, its status is difficult to compare with the status of any other modern children's writer.

Gregory Oster born in Odessa, spent his childhood and youth in Yalta. After graduating from high school (1966), he served in the navy for three years. Almost immediately after the army, the writer moved to Moscow (1970), where he enrolled in the drama department of the Literary Institute. Gorky. Institute of G.Oster he graduated only in 1982, already being the author of several plays for the puppet theater, scenarios of famous animated films (“38 Parrots”, “The Kitten Gav”, etc.) and the book “How Good to Give Gifts” (1975).

After graduation from the institute Gregory Oster He continued to work as a children's writer and screenwriter, having achieved significant success. The books of G. Oster have greatly expanded the canons of children's literature and have always enjoyed tremendous success with readers. As a successor of the "game" tradition in children's literature (D. Harms, G. Sapgir, B. Zakhoder, E. Uspensky), Oster combined it with postmodern aesthetics. His literary world is bizarre transformations, comic and absurd situations, nonsense, hyperbole and inventive language. He currently lives and works in Moscow, is in a third marriage, there are five children in total for G. Oster.

Interesting facts from the life of Gregory Oster

G. Oster is the only children's writer included in the book by Mikhail Epstein and Alexander Genis “Who is who in Russian postmodernism”.

In 2004, at the suggestion of the Putin Administration, he developed the website “President of Russia for citizens of school age”.
Since September 7, 2008, Oster, along with the singer Glukoz’a, has been running the program “Children's pranks” at STS.

Writer awards

2002 - State Prize of Russia
2007 - title of Honored Artist of the Russian Federation
2012 - literary prize them. K. Chukovsky

Gregory Oster Bibliography

"How nice to give gifts"
"Tale with details"
"Bad advice", as well as the numerous variations on the topic of "bad advice" that followed this book.
"Problem book on physics", as well as subsequent books of this series
"Legends and Myths of Lavrovy Lane"
"Thirteen greed"
"Hello Monkey"
"Cool profile for enemies"
"Got that bite!"
"Kitten named Woof"
"Charging for the tail"
"Domestic and Feral Adults"
"Wild and Tamed Adults"
"38 parrots"
"Some trouble"
"Garland of kids"
"School dream"
"The Adventures of Pyth"
"Adult Education"
"Grandma boa"

Films of works, theatrical productions of Gregory Oster

G.Oster Is the author of scenarios for more than 20 animated films.
The most famous are the series “38 Parrots”, “The Kitten named Woof” and a series of cartoons about little monkeys, started in 1983 with the tape “Garland of Kids”.
Gregory Oster. Fairy tales and poems for
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