Original title: O klíči
Genre: children´s book
Literární čajovna Suzanne Renaud 2007, Petrkov 2014
ISBN: 978-80-875-9526-8, 978-80-875-9525-1
Danish (Vild Maskine, 2021, Peter Bugge)
Rights sold to:
Romania (Ars Libri)
A poetic tale about how a child’s imagination can be excited by something as trivial as the discovery of an old key.
Sometimes children just do not feel like going to school. When a little curly-haired boy with a school bag finds a lost key in the street, he uses it to unlock fantasy chambers in his head. Pavel Čech’s paintings, drawing inspiration from the style of well-known Czech classic illustrators Jiří Trnka and Jan Černý, accompany a modestly sized libretto commenting on the landscapes of opportunity that the boy explores. Later, with the help of a hole in his pocket, the “imaginary relay baton” is passed on to the boy’s schoolmate and a new portion of adventures about freedom, bound by neither time nor space, gets a chance to testify to the powers of a boy’s soul as expressed in dreams.
The story is built around the author’s whole-page illustrations. This book is for very young and grown-up readers alike.
Reader age: 4+, Bilderbuch