Petr Nikl

Linguistic Fairy Tales

Lingvistické pohádky
Lingvistické pohádky
Meander, 2006
Language: Czech
Genre: Children’s and Young Adult
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Awards
 2007 Golden Ribbon Award – Literary section: Literature for youth
 2007 Golden Ribbon Award – Art section: Beautiful book for children and youth
 2006 The Most Beautiful Czech Book – Literature for children and youth: 2nd place
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E: pnikl@tiscali.cz

What did a certain giraffe dream? That the long and wide stretch of land by the name of Lingvisia is roamed by many a-member of a very peculiar fauna – results of the rather mischievous handling of our mother tongue. The author lets the Czech language rattle, links together words to form grotesque creatures, exaggerates the past tense, grammar, simple sentences, soft consonants, literal meanings, diminutives and rough edges, has the letter X get mad at the way it looks and lets the entire alphabet fall into pieces like dried tea leafs. This fantastic series of “linguistic somersaults” is aimed at “slightly older children, but not too old”, since not even the adventures of Carroll’s Alice are intended for those who no longer have the time to dwell about in a world that is tailor-made for between-the-lines magic.

Language: Czech
Title: Lingvistické pohádky
Place: Praha
Publisher: Meander
Year: 2006
Genre: Children’s and Young Adult
Awards
 2007 Golden Ribbon Award – Literary section: Literature for youth
 2007 Golden Ribbon Award – Art section: Beautiful book for children and youth
 2006 The Most Beautiful Czech Book – Literature for children and youth: 2nd place