Māris Putniņš (born in 1950) is an author, artist and producer of many animated films, as well as, since 2003, the author of a children’s adventure novels Wild Pies/ Mežonīgie pīrāgi with four books already published in the series. Both the text and his own illustrations are witty, inspiring and amusingly ironic. The Wild Pies series have been translated and published in Lithuania (by Nieko rimto) and Germany (by S. Fisher Verlag GmbH) as Die wilden Piroggenpiraten. Among his best known creations are the popular animated episodes of Rescue Team/ Avārijas Brigāde, Munk and Lemmy/ Munks un Lemijs, Minifilms/Minifilmas, and others. He has written more than 50 scenarios, including for a feature film Little Bankrobbers/ Mazie laupītāji (2009), also translated for the Austrian audience. He has directed plays for theatre, including Tennessee Williams' play Kingdom of Earth for Liepāja Theatre, and has played several roles for a puppet theatre (1971 – 1973). Māris Putniņš is a member of the Latvian Filmmakers Union since 1997. As a director alongside Janis Cimmermanis he was involved in the production of a feature film after his screenplay Then it's Hi! Hi! Hee!/ Džimlai Rūdi Rallallā! (2014). Besides his work as a writer of children's literature, he has written about fifteen plays of which several have been put on stage.
Mežonīgie pīrāgi. Dienvidjūras pasaka [Wild Pies. Tale of the Southern Sea]. Riga: Valters un Rapa, 2014.
Mežonīgie pīrāgi un pildītie pipari. [Wild Pies and the Stuffed Peppers] Riga: Valters un Rapa, 2007.
Mežonīgie pīrāgi un Lielais Indriķis.[Wild Pies and Henricus the Great ] Riga: Valters un Rapa, 2005.
Mežonīgie pīrāgi un Pelmeņkatepetls [Wild Pies and the Dumplingcatepetl]. Riga: Valters un Rapa, 2004.
Mežonīgie pīrāgi. [Wild Pies]. Riga: Valters un Rapa, 2003.
Books to fall for
The Wild Pierogi
The Wild Pierogi (Mežonīgie pīrāgi)
Ilustrations by Māris Putniņš
— Nominated for Annual German Youth Literature Prize 2013
It is a strange world, inhabited by unusual folks: muffins, buns, biscuits, cookies, sausages, tortellini, croissants, hams and lot of other nations. But the best known among them are the wild pierogi with bacon stuffing, lead by their captain Mordan. Four books have been published in the series: ‘The Wild Pierogi and the Dumpling Pot’ (2004); ‘The Wild Pierogi and Henry the Great’ (2005); The Wild Pierogi and the Stuffed Peppers’ (2007); ‘The Wild Pierogi and the Emperor’ (2015). The Wild Pierogi travel seas, explore countries and fight for their homeland; a number of new characters appear, including the Burritos; the Tacos; the Carrot Mummy, etc.
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The Wild Pierogi
Rīga, Valters un Rapa
sold to Germany, Lithuania, Russia
Māris Putniņš, Latvian National Library, author's biography// Latvian National Library homepage [LV]
Article on Māris Putniņš' film Then it's Hi! Hi! Hee! // Satori.lv [LV]
Johanna Roth, Wenn vor Malagaskar die wilde Kloßpolka tobt, article on the translation of the Wild Pies // Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung [DE]
2008, nominated for the prestigious Jānis Baltvilks award for
2004, 3rd place in the competition Book of the Year, organized by the Latvian Publishers' Association for Wild pies and the Dumplingcatepetl
Die wilden Piroggenpiraten
Die wilden Piroggenpiraten (Mežonīgie pīrāgi)
Title: Die wilden Piroggenpiraten
Title*: Mežonīgie pīrāgi
Fischer Schatzinsel, Germany
It is a strange world, inhabited by unusual folks: muffins, buns, biscuits, cookies, sausages, tortellini, croissants, hams and a lot of other nations.