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Alžběta Skálová, Olga Černá / The Treasury of an Old Beetle

The publication describing Julie’s summer vacation adventures is an ingenious boredom survival handbook for small children. The heroine vacationing at her aunt’s house has nothing to do until she gets inspiration from the auntie’s recollecting that Julie’s mother as a child used to build little gnome houses at tree stumps. The setting is quite spare, the dialogues sparse and the chapters measured, yet the author does wonders with her unusual vision employed to mysterious effects.

The illustrations accompanied with Alžběta Skálová’s fine, sensitive text merit attention also by their unique technique in the form of author offset printing.

155x155 | 72 pages | 2007 | Baohemia | buy now

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