Pavel Čech

The Great Book Mystery

Velká knižní záhada
Velká knižní záhada
Petrkov, 2014, 84 pp
Language: Czech
Genre: Children’s and Young Adult
ISBN: 9788087595350
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A tribute to the author’s best-loved boyhood titles, this picture book also serves as homage to the treasure trove of children’s reading and, well, some delicious cheeses. The amusing tale of the brave cat Alfred from volume one and mouse Quido from volume two, which volumes happen, by sheer coincidence, to inhabit the same bookshelf, has an almost detective plot: who has moved illustrations from one book to the other and back again? While careful readers attempt to solve the case, they receive numerous reading tips as the author pays tribute to illustrations from the likes of Karel Franta and his comic book Malý Vinnetou /The Little Vinnetou/, or Josef Čapek’s children’s classic Jak si pejsek s kočičkou dělali k svátku dort /How Dog and Cat Made a Cake/. Given Čech’s sources of inspiration, we can rest assured that his selection will include Foglar and Fischer’s Rychlé šípy /The Fast Arrows/ or Riou and de Neuville’s engravings from Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

Language: Czech
Title: Velká knižní záhada
Place: Havlíčkův Brod
Publisher: Petrkov
Year: 2014
Pages: 84
Genre: Children’s and Young Adult