Kunstnik Mare Hunt
Kirjastus "Ilmamaa" 2001, 64 lk.
Jaan tõusis istukile. Keegi hingeldas pimedas kuskil lähedal. Jaan kuulis jälle vilistavat köhimist ning siis seletas ta silm ööpimeduses ka köhijat ennast. See seisis kohe ta kõrval – tume kogu, läkastamisest lausa lookas.
"Minu nimi on Jaan, elan Kasaritsa külas Liiva talus, aga kes sina oled?" küsis Jaan unesegaselt, kuid siiski üpris valju häälega.
"Niglas," kostus vastuseks kaeblik lapsehääl.
Nüüd hakkasid Jaani silmad pimedaga harjuma. Ta nägi, et end Niglaseks nimetanu on tõesti päris mitte mees, vaid poisikese mõõtu – väga kummaline olevus.
“Nagu nahkhiir,” tuli Jaanile esimene mõte pähe.” (lk. 14)
Kuni ühel mahedal hilisuve õhtupoolikul sõitis talumees Jaan Kütioru veskile, kaasas neli kotti rukkiteri jahvatamiseks. Aga, õnnetus, koprad, kenad loomad, olid jämeda puuga tee koju kinni pannud! Peremees Aleksander oli linna sõitnud. Mida muud teha, kuid veskis ööbida - koos tondiga!
Niglas, the Ghost in the Mill
Written by Juhani Püttsepp
Illustrated by Mare Hunt
Halloween is almost here, pumpkins are everywhere and children are picking out their scary costumes: vampire, goth or ghost?
In this non-traditional ghost story, a young boy suffering from asthma tries to convince a local farmer, who has dropped by with some bags of rye to grind, that he is a one hundred and twelve year old mill ghost who needs medical help. It seems that every seven years the ghost turns into a boy for one night.
Farmer Jaan is skeptical; he is a no-nonsense kind of guy, almost seventy, with no children of his own. But was it chance that made a tree topple across the road and block his way home, forcing him to spend the night at the mill? He is really a kind man and decides to try an unusual approach: a visit to the witch Laine, who lives in the dark forest.
Will she be able to help him or will he turn into a ghost again? This is a wonderful story that would help kids get over their fears, of both witches and spooks in the night, as well as doctors and needles.
Juhani Püttsepp has dedicated this book to children suffering not only from asthma, but also other childhood diseases. It has been performed as a play and is based on a true story. There really is a mill in Kütiorg valley on the banks of the Iskna River called Küti Mäeveski, operated by a miller named Aleksander Zupsman, who is now ninety-five years old. And the author did meet a witch, living in the forest, who really does use herbs to treat ailments.