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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Bicki-Books: Naughty Gnat 006
by Valdis Grenkovs
Age Range: Under_5
Naughty Gnat (006) written by Valdis Grenkovs and illustrated by Zane Zlemeša. Jimmy is drawing a picture; first, a path, then a field of flowers with a calf and a tree but then a naughty gnat lands on his piece of paper and spoils it all. Grenkovs tells the familiar story of what happens when a drawing session doesn’t quite go to plan resulting in a meltdown. Zlemeša’s vivid watercolour collage and scribble illustrations are bold and together with the capital letter text display the cheeky gnat as it causes havoc wherever it goes.
Bicki-Books are a truly delightful collectable series of postcard-sized picture books bringing to life some of Latvia’s best-loved children’s poems and modern nursery rhymes. Curated by Rūta Briede and translated into English by Žanete Vēvere Pasqualini, Uldis Balodis, and Kate Wakeling, each poem has been skilfully matched to a leading contemporary illustrator.
These first six titles were published in 2019 followed by a further six in January 2020.