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diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Bicki-Books: Secret 007
by Jazeps Osmanis
Age Range: Under_5
Secret (007) is a witty rhyme written by Jāzeps Osmanis and illustrated by Ingrīda Pičukāne about a little boy who wants to tell his mother a secret, but she must promise not to tell anyone else. Pičukāne’s bright and colourful comic-style artwork accentuates the text and as the rhyme gathers momentum it has a twist at the end along with a puzzle for readers to solve by finding the Latvian word for 'secret' hidden within the illustrations.
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.
The first six titles were published in 2019 followed by a further six in January 2020.