Baby Spiders and Little Fish

Books for Children
Macourek2

Contemporary Czech literature for children and young people draws on a tradition of imaginative storytelling and illustration, with some outstanding books appearing in the post-war period by authors such as Ludvik Askenazy, with his picaresque novel featuring a little gnome in search of love and friendship, Putovani za svestkovou vuni, (Following the Scent of Plum Blossom, 1957) or more recently by Milos Macourek with his urban duo of school kids, Mach and Sebestova. Recent years have brought a crop of books which merit acclaim further afield. Six of them are featured in the next column left.

The texts are reprinted from Hope has the Eyes of a Child by Martin Reissner and Petr Matousek, 2002, with the kind permission of the authors and the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.







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