Toozandehjani, Jafar

Jafar Toozandehjani


Jafar Toozandehjani, writer, was born in Neyhabur in April 1962. He started his career in children’s and young adult literature by publishing his works in publications and has continued his collaboration with young adult magazines.

He has also been a board member of Iranian Association of Writers for Children and Youth and has taught story writing.

Toozandehjani mostly writes for young adult readers. His novels are fantasies rooted in his hometown legends. His Monster Party is inspired by legends on the one hand and shows the real, tangible life of the people of Neyshabur (a city in Khorasan) on the other hand. To write his novels, Toozandehjani also uses Old Persian texts like One Thousand Night and One Night. Moreover, he has some books that introduce historical figures.

Selected Works:

Water Pots (1992), Hozeh Honari

A Man Who Wanted to Buy a Train (2000), Monadi Tarbiat Cultural Foundation

A Man Who Was Lost (2001), Behnashr (Parvaneh)

Monster Party (2002), Madrese

The Castle Magic (2005), Madrese

Why Did the Sea Get Angry? (2006), Kanoon

Dad’s Lost Paradise (2010), Amirkabir (Shokoofeh)

The Worm That Became a Monster (2011), Kanoon

The Legend of the Three Kings (2013), Ofogh

Mina’s Secret (2014), Amirkabir (Shokoofeh)

Selected Awards and Recognitions:

Mehregan Book of the Year Award, Best Book Award from Shahid Habib Ghanipour Book Festival, listed in the International Library of Munich (White Ravens)