Jiří Dvořák / Verminarium

Lice, fleas, mites, ticks, pigeons, pharaoh ants, palmers and other pests, insects and blights, parasites and other disgusting vermin are things that no one likes, and yet they are here and they flourish. All have their special stories, some are helpful, others even admirable, yet no-one writes anything about them for child readers. This hole in information aimed for children who like encyclopedic works, for parents who like to read for their children before the beddy-bye, for natural science teachers who do not limit themselves to writing on the blackboard, as well as for all readers who have not lost their interest in learning about things has now been filled by Jiří Dvořák in his own inimitable way. His narration about the existence and life of various vermin has turned out to be a fascinating, poetic and funny description of a world full of unbelievable stories which will both entertain and inform the readers.

Verminarium represents Dvořák´s original literary genre of encyclopaedic narration. His colorful fables and stories about the exciting life of, and with, vermin, are supplemented with various pressing scientific and philosophical questions as well as his usual short poems that in places reach the stringency of a haiku. A white butterfly on a soft gray tall tree trunk / Inside the butterfly a forest which has been stripped nude / Inside the forest the heavy silence meets quietude / Inside the silence a butterfly with its belly drunk. Verminarium is a book that will please many, readers small and adult, people of more technical minds as well as dreamers defying all hard facts, everybody will find some literary form that rings bells. The illustrator and coauthor of this fascinating book is Daniela Olejníková, one of the most talented artists of the oncoming generation.

235x214 | 72 pages | 2015 | 299 Kč | Baohemia | buy now

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