An award-winning adventure story for clever children which plumbs the depths in a pocket submarine.
This children’s story from the workshop of Petr Stančík, who has also been awarded prizes for his novels for adults, focuses on life-giving water. The adventure for clever children was illustrated by the popular Galina Miklínová, known for her famous Lichožrouti (Oddsockeaters). Readers can depend on the author’s acumen to bring a light touch to all of his lessons – this book has an educational subtext – which will also be appreciated by parents who have forgotten a thing or two. The educational framework of the book is subtle and is nicely undermined by the illustrations. Water has the formula H2O, which is also the initials of the main characters – Hugo, Hubert and Ophelia, who thanks to their miniaturisation go on various expeditions headed by the mad professor Hermengild Vulpes. The story contains lessons and explanations about water on the margins of the pages, together with explanatory illustrations. Among them, however, children can also find recipes for the characters’ favourite dishes!
“It’s not easy these days to get children to read or leaf through books due to stiff competition from computers, mobile phones and iPads. However, the book “H2O and the Secret Water Mission” has been conceived in such a modern way that it might just succeed. Moreover, it has been brilliantly executed in terms of the graphic design and typography.”
“This book is aimed at children aged 10 to 12. However, according to the illustrator Galina Miklínová, it would even appeal to four-year-olds if someone were to read it to them. And why a book about water? The author Petr Stančík has a positive relationship with water because, as he says, it is part of wine and beer as well as other things such as soup.”