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A new catalogue for spring/summer 2016

5.10.2015

Here ou can download a new catalogue of the books from Albatros Media and B4U Publishing.

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The Clock Master nominated for Magnesia Litera

18.3.2015

The Clock Master (Muž z hodin) is nominated for the most prestigious Czech literary award Magnesia Litera.

Synopsis: Why does the time change every fall? This fantastic story set in the Austro-Hungarian Empire weaves elements of detective fiction and steampunk together to create a riveting alternative history.

The narrative unwinds in the fictional town of Makovín during the turn of the century, La Belle Epoque, the Jugendstil days of the Habsburg Monarchy. An unusual...

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Spring Book Fairs 2015

18.3.2015

Albatros Media will exhibit at forthcoming international book fairs: Bologna, Italy, hall 29, stand no B 31 - C 36 / London, UK, stand no 5B139. You are welcome to visit us!

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Albatros Media continues its expansion with the purchase of Fragment Publishing

16.12.2014

Albatros Media Corp. has bought a 100% stake in the publishinghouse Fragment, one of the key publishing houses for both the Czech and Slovak Republics.This is Albatros Media’s seventh impressive acquisition in the past four years,cementing its undisputed position as the largest Czech publishing group. Bothof the original proprietors of Fragment, Jan Eisler and Pavel Nýč, will continue to work withAlbatros Media.

Thepurchase acquired both Czech Republic’s Nakladatelství Fragment...

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Larkfart and Vealfillet is a White Raven 2014

8.10.2014

Kosprd a Teleci / Larkfart and Vealfillet by Eva Papoušková and Galina Miklínová is a White Raven 2014. The White Ravens Catalogue is an annual catalogue of international book recommendations in the field of children’s and youth literature, published by Internationale Jugendbibliothek, München.

Larkfart and Vealfillet won 1st prize in anonymous Albatros Literary Competition in 2012 and received also prestigious Czech awards such as SUK (Librarians’s award), Golden Ribbon Award or...

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Albatros Media Group announces the acquisition of B4U Publishing

7.10.2014

Albatros Media Corp. has bought the renowned publishing houseB4U Publishing ltd. The goal of this acquisition is to bring B4U’s books to theCzech and Slovak markets, while at the same time capitalizing on establishedrelationships and channels to boost international sales for both companies.

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On the Hill: Best Czech crime novel 2013

18.9.2014

JiříBřezina became the winner of the prestigious Jiří Marek Award for BestDetective novel for On the Hill (Na kopci), released by Motto Publishing. TheJiří Marek Award is granted by Czech branch of AIEP for the best detectivenovel of the previous year.

JiříBřezina (1980):was born in České Budějovice and studied at Charles University. Influenced byScandinavian detective fiction, he set out to write a mystery that was darkerthan typical Czech fare but without the brutality so often...

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Albatros Media Group buys Management Press

1.7.2014

Prague, 1July 2014 – Albatros Media Corp. has bought a 100% stake in Management Press: thetop Czech publishing house specializing in literature for managers, businessmen,and economists. This acquisition raises the number of Albatros Media’s separateimprints to ten, broadening its influence in the Czech market and consolidatingits position as the market leader with more than 10% of all sales. The brandand identity of Management Press will be preserved within the portfolio ofAlbatros Media. more...

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Golden Ribbon for Larkfart and Vealfillet and another 3 titles

21.5.2014

Four books from Albatros Media received prestigious Golden Ribbon Award (Zlatá stuha). The winners are: Larkfart and Vealfillet /Kosprd a telecí by Eva Papoušková and Galina Miklínová (Fiction Text for Children), Homelands / Krajiny domova by Václav Cílek and Renáta Fučíková (Non-fiction Text for Children), 2 x 101 Books for Kids and Young Adults / 2 x 101 knih pro děti a mládež by Pavel Mandys (the category Literary Criticism) and Omylem géniem by Richard Gaughan, translated from English by...

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Albatros Literary Competition Announcement

28.4.2014

During Albatros Annual Awards ceremony Albatros announced the winner of the 5th Annual Literary Competition for 2013 entitled „A detective story for children“. Some seventy authors entered the competition and six manuscripts made it through to the final. A cheque for 25,000 crowns and a commitment to publish the book were won by Dana Rusková from Osová Bítýška for the manuscript of První velký případ (The First Big Case). “Of all the manuscripts sent, this stood out for its supreme...

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Golden Ribbon Nominations

24.4.2014

The nomination for Golden Ribbon awards were announced yesterday, eleven candidates are from our publishing house. Golden Ribbon (Zlatá stuha) is awarded by the Writers' Association, Illustrators´Club and the Czech section of IBBY to the authors of a book for children and young people. Nominated books from Albatros Media:

Hamster the Policemant (Policejní křeček) by Daniela Krolupperová and Eva Sýkorová-Pekárková in the category Fiction Text for Children

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Albatros Annual Awards for 2013

16.4.2014

Albatros publishers have made their annual awards for 2013. New to the proverbial hall of fame is illustrator Alois Mikulka, who received first prize for a Significant Contribution to Children's and Youth Literature from Albatros Media Group Václav Kadlec. Albratos publishers, who celebrate their 65th anniversary on 15th April, awarded their most successful authors, illustrators and translators. They also announced the winners of their fifth annual literary competition for the best Czech...

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SUK Awards

10.4.2014

Four titles from Albatros Media gained SUK award this year.

Children’s choice – winner: Jeff Kinney: Diary of Wimpy Kid, The Third Wheel (Deník malého poseroutky: Páté kolo u vozu, CooBoo)

Librarian’s choice – winner: Eva Papoušková, Galina Miklínová: Featherbutt and Veal (Kosprd a Telecí, Albatros)

Librarian’s choice – second place: Klára Smolíková, Jan Smolík: Crafts (Řemesla, Albatros)

Teacher’s choice: Václav Cílek, Renáta Fučíková,...

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Magnesia Litera nomination for Larkfart and Vealfillet

6.3.2014

Larkfart and Vealfillet (Kosprd a Telecí) is nominated for the most prestigious Czech literary award Magnesia Litera.

The author Eva Papoušková is a renowned screenwriter, who has worked with Steven Spielberg, among others. Despite her popularity, she didn’t bring the manuscript of this book directly to the publisher, but submitted it through the anonymous Albatros Literary Competion in 2012, which her text won unequivocally.

Synopsis: Classmates Larkfart and...

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David Brill recommends Origami by Ondřej Cibulka

31.1.2014

David Brill, the master of the origami art reviewed the new Origami written by Ondřej Cibulka: „This is a handsome hardback by Czech author Ondrej Cibulka. It contains diagrams for a good range of original origami work from Czech and international designers. It's spiral bound so the pages stay open while you're folding: a big advantage! Although a few traditional designs are included, the emphasis is on new work, and further explorations are encouraged with colour photos of more contemporary...

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Which is the right book for kids?

18.12.2013

Which is the right book for kids that will neither bore them nor ruin their taste in literature? The publication 2 x 101 Books for Kids and Young Adults summarizes the history of writing for children and young adults, selecting the most important, interesting, and beloved titles. A fourteen-member-team of specialists, under the direction of Pavel Mandys, put together this encyclopedia for all those who choose books for their children, or who want to recall the stories they read as children...

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Homelands: 46 portraits of Czech areas

22.10.2013

Albatros has published Homelands (Krajiny domova), the first book by popular geologist and philosopher Václav Cílek intended for children and their parents. On the basis of the author’s years of traveling, he offers advice for trips and presents places that are definitely worth visiting. He offers up original tips and secrets that you won’t find in any other guide book. Homelands contains forty-six portraits of Czech areas that will stun with their unique natural beauty. The book includes...

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Discover a new dimension to reading!

16.10.2013

Albatros Publishing has released the book Puffee of Fairy Tale Junction, and with it has become the first publishing house in the Czech Republic to open up a new segment of literature: augmented reality. Thanks to the stories about Puffee the stuffed animal, children can discover a whole new dimension to reading books. With the help of a smart phone and the interactive “Puffee” app (“Pufík”), the book’s illustrations come to life and children can enter the stories themselves; an amazing...

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Bon Jour! Michaela Klevisová’s THE MONTMARTRE CAT is coming

1.10.2013

Motto Publishing is releasing Michaela Klevisová’s new feline stories. The Montmartre Cat continues the story of the hit book Waiting for the Cat, which was also published by Motto last year. The Montmartre Cat (Kocour z Montmartru in Czech) is the writer’s most personal work to date. Michaela Klevisová beautifully captures the relationship between cats and people, emphasizing the idea of letting your heart take the lead, and that “to be” is often far better than “to have.”

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Today with Adolf Born and Petr Nárožný

23.9.2013

Today we launched All The Elephants In the Orchestra, an original anthology by Miloš Macourek illustrated by his long-time collaborator and esteemed artist Adolf Born. The launch’s MC, Petr Nárožný, the actor whose voice always narrates the duo’s cartoons, said the book deserved to be a hit worldwide.

All The Elephants In the Orchestra: the selection of poetry and prose for children and adults alike commemorates Macourek’s immense fantasy and peculiar sense of humour, capturing...

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Smarties Tour with Ivona Březinová

10.6.2013

Ivona Březinová stopped at ten schools to present her book, Smarties for Grandpa Ed (Lentilka pro dědu Edu), which introduces children to issues surrounding Alzheimer’s. The discussions involving both students and teachers met with such success that the author has decided to embark on another school tour this fall.

“At first glance the book seems shocking in that it deals with such a theme as Alzheimer’s and that it is intended specifically for children around the age of six....

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Albatros wins two Golden Ribbons

1.6.2013

The Golden Ribbon, the most prestigious award in children’s books, has been awarded to two books published by Albatros.

The anthology of 19th Century poetry, Clouds, Claws, Clutter, Hrábky drábky odpadky, won the Golden Ribbon for design in the preteen and young adult category. This is not its first award. Its illustrator, Chrudoš Valoušek, won the Hollar Award in the Most Beautiful Book 2012 contest, as well as an Albatros Publishing award for design.

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Amelie II and its Competition

28.5.2013

Amelie and the Darkness, Petra Neomillnerová’s first children’s book, was a tremendous success with readers and critics alike. This year the book was nominated for IBBY’s prestigious Golden Ribbon in the young adult category. The book hit shelves in December 2012 and within two months the first printing sold out. Albatros immediatelly issued a reprint, and agreed with the author to publish another story about the mysterious Amelie and her friend Markéta. September of this year will see the...

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Book World 2013: a Success

14.5.2013

The Albatros Media booth was a roaring success at Book World 2013. Crowds constantly filled our bookshop that offered titles from each publishing imprint of Albatros Media; something was always happening at the hall next to us; our playroom became one of the most popular attractions in the East Wing of The Industrial Palace; and our café was the site of many warm and productive meetings. We cannot wait until next year!

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Albatros Media Partners with eReading.cz

12.5.2013

Albatros Media corp. has become the majority shareholder of eReading.cz, a leading provider of electronic books in the Czech Republic. This partnership enables Albatros Media to break into the electronic book market, while ensuring that eReading.cz offers the widest selection of electronic books on the Czech market.


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The Postman Wind in White Ravens 2013

21.3.2013

The Postman Wind included in the catalogue of the 250 most outstanding international books of children's and youth literature, chosen and annotated by the International Youth Library: „Put the currently reigning Czech children’s poet and one of the most captivating illustrators of the country together and have them make a children’s book about autumn – the result is sure to be a hit. In fact, in 2012 »Listonoš vítr« won the most significant Czech literary awards in the children’s book...

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Michaela Klevisová Wins the Jiří Marek Award for the Second Time

7.11.2012

Michaela Klevisová became a second time prize-winner of the prestigious Jiří Marek Award for Best Detective novel for The Lonely House, released by Motto Publishing. The Jiří Marek Award is granted by Czech branch of AIEP for the best detective novel of the previous year. Michaela Klevisová won her first Jiří Marek Award in 2008 at the age of only thirty-two.

The Lonely House: After Nela breaks up with her boyfriend, the designer stays in the old mill she wanted to reconstruct...

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Vladimír Mikeš Earns a Nomination for the Josef Škvorecký Award

4.9.2012

Translator and writer Vladimír Mikeš and his book The Bad Place, published by Plus, belongs to five finalists nominated for the Josef Škvorecký Award.

The Bad Place mixes elements of Kafka’s humor with an oppressive atmosphere, that may remind some of the books by Egon Hostovský. It was released by Plus in March of this year as a second volume of a new Czech series. Known as one of the most respected translators from Romance languages, Vladimír Mikeš wrote his novels into the...

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Three Golden Ribbons for Books from our Publishing House

7.6.2012

Our publishing house received an impressive three Golden Ribbons for books this year – Radek Malý’s The Postman Wind and Knots and Oranges by Iva Procházková, both published by Albatros; and for Hana Bořkovcová’s I'm Writing With the Notebook Resting on My Knees, published by Plus.

Radek Malý, recent winner of a Golden Ribbon for Children’s Literature, won a number of awards this year—including the most prestigious Czech literary award, the Magnezia Litera in the category of...

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Two Prizes from Academy of Sci-fi, Fantasy and Horror

19.5.2012

Stories of Your Life by Ted Chiang won the prize in the Storybook category, and Pulse of Infinity, edited by Ivan Adamovič was awarded book of the year. Both prizes were awarded by Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror at the Book World Fair on Saturday May 19. Both books were released by Albatros Media’s Plus Publishing.

Pulse of Infinity: An anthology of Czech sci-fi stories from 1948 through the 70s. The selection focuses not only on stories by established authors and...

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Tourmap 2012 Award for Trips With Strollers

1.5.2012

Pavlína Koktavá’s traveller’s guidebook for active families Trips With Strollers – Moravia, from CPress, received a Travel Guide award at the TOURMAP 2012 international competition for cartographical products. The show was organized by CzechTourism—the Headquarters of Czech Tourism. The show compares and evaluates the world’s best maps and guidebooks. Cartographical materials are evaluated by an international jury.


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Thirteen Golden Ribbon Nominations for Albatros Media

20.4.2012

With 10 nominations, Albatros Publishing dominated the 2012 Golden Ribbon the best writers, translators and illustrators of children’s and young adult literature. Albatros Media imprints CooBoo and Plus also scored great success. The winner will be announced at the Museum of Czech Literature in Prague, on July 6.

Albatros books met with success in nearly all of the graphic and literary categories—especially in the area of graphic works for older children and young adults, where...

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Magnesia Litera for Radek Malý

5.4.2012

Radek Malý won the most prestigious Czech literary award for his collection of poems, The Postman Wind. The book, illustrated by Pavel Čech, was published by Albatros last spring. Iva Procházková’s novel for young adults, Knots and Oranges (also published by Albatros), made it to the finale as well.

The Postman Wind

Synopsis: Radek Malý, one of the most respected young Czech poets, has teamed up with the award-winning illustrator Pavel Čech to create a moving,...

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Dragon Soup became White Raven 2012

30.3.2012

Eleven-year-old Long has adjusted well to his situation: he is growing up as an immigrant child with his mother and grandfather in Prague. At home, he watches Vietnamese television and loves the dragon legend his mother tells him. At school, Long is called »Lada« and well integrated. When suddenly the boy’s estranged father shows up, everything changes. Overwhelmed, Long runs away – to search for his own identity. A master of the fairytale genre, Alena Ježková weaves together in this novel...

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CPress Dictionary Receives Prestigious Awards

17.2.2012

A CPress publishing house dictionary succeeded in not one, but two categories of the prestigious Dictionary 2011 contest, held by the Union of Interpreters and Translators. The English-Czech / Czech-English Universal Dictionary for Science, Economic and Technical Terms was given third place in the Jury Award for Translating Dictionary. It won another third place Jury Award for Electronic Dictionary.

The dictionary includes 100,000 vital entries from 96 different fields. Adequate...

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Merger with Daughter Companies

1.1.2012

As to this day, the companies Computer Press a.s. and R+H, spol. s. r.o., were merged with the parent company, Albatros Media a.s, thus completing the integration of the companies within Albatros Media a.s., initiated in 2010 after the acquisition of the aforementioned companies. The company R+H s.r.o. had been the operator of the publisher Motto, and Computer Press a.s. had been an important non-fiction publisher.

A traditional publishing house, Motto will remain unchanged within...

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Illustrator Zdenek Miler Deceased

1.12.2011

The illustrator Zdenek Miler died but Little Mole and other his characters live on. For the larger part of his professional life Zdenek Miler cooperated with Albatros publishing house. He died on November 30 at the age of 90.
“Mr. Miler was very thorough and he loved being in touch with the process of making books. He always checked the cover designs and illustration press proofs. We used to bring them home and later to the sanatorium for him. He loved being part of the process up to...

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Grandpas awarded the Muriel Prize

7.11.2011

Graphic novel Grandpas (Dědečkové) written and illustrated by Pavel Čech gained a prestigious Czech comics award Muriel 2011.
This book was written and illustrated as a tribute to grandfathers past, present, and future—and as a memorial to their tales, strolls, and games. Graphic novel is composed of nine stories without words, presents unusual protagonists: old men.
Pavel Čech is one of the most respected comics authors in the Czech Republic.

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The Water of Life: K. J. Erben

1.11.2011

K. J. Erben (1811 – 1870) was one of the most important Czech writers of 19th century, who inspired a number of later works of art and cultural activities. 
He was fascinated by the alleged mysteries hidden in folklore. As a folklore collector, he concentrated on narrative poems, legends and ballads and like the German romanticists (Grimm brothers) Erben also collected fairy tales. He looked for elements of ancient myths in living folk narratives. When editing fairy tales, Erben tried...

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Five Golden Ribbons for Albatros Media

25.5.2011

Books from Albatros Media appeared in all categories of the prestigious Golden Ribbon Book Award 2010 (awarded by the Writers' Association, Illustrators´ Club and the Czech section of IBBY to the authors of a book for children and young people). In total Albatros Media get five Golden Ribbons:

Illustrations for children:
And Then It Happened (A pak se to stalo), text Ester Stará, illustrator Martina Matlovičová, imprint Albatros

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Little Mole on board of space shuttle Endeavour

22.3.2011

Astronaut Andrew Feustel decided to bring Little Mole along as one of the handful of personal items crew members are allowed to carry into space. The special lighter and smaller version of plush Little Mole has been engineered to meet NASA specifications. 
The Endeavour flight will be Little Mole's first voyage outside the Earth's atmosphere. But it won't be his first trip on a rocket ship. In "Little Mole and the Spaceship," from 1965, Little Mole flies around the world before...

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Diary 1952 nominated for Magnesia Litera

24.2.2011

Diary 1952, published last year in imprint Plus, was nominated for annual book award Magnesia Litera for a Publishing Deed. 
Diary 1952 is one of the most striking artistic expressions of anxiety felt under an oppressive regime. It has been compared to Goya’s Los Caprichos – and such comparisons are by no means exaggerated as Vladimír Fuka’s drawings and collages have a unique power that can only be achieved through sublime art; a power that literally draws the reader/viewer into the...

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"And Then It Happened" became one of the White Ravens 2011!

24.2.2011

This book published in 2010 was included in the catalogue of the 250 most outstanding international books of children's and youth literature, chosen and annotated by the International Youth Library.

Synopsis: Ten tales about little things that kids don’t mind and parents can’t stand. Uncombed hair, unwashed ears, unwiped noses, unbrushed teeth, untied shoelaces, messy toys, messy eating, tattling—these are things kids don’t even want to hear about. But then something unbelievable...

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ZDENĚK MILER CELEBRATED HIS NINETIETH BIRTHDAY ON FEBRUARY 21ST

23.2.2011

On February21st, 2011, illustrator Zdeněk Miler celebrated his 90th birthday. For five decades his creation, Little Mole, has been the most belovedcharacter in Czech children’s literature and film. Hugely successful here andabroad, Albatros has sold more than five million copies of Miler’s books andpublished fifty of his titles in nineteen foreign languages.



ZdeněkMiler studied at the National School of Graphics in Prague and in the GraphicDesign department of the...

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Tales of Czech princes and kings on IBBY HONOUR LIST 2010

5.11.2010

Alena Ježková was included on Ibby Honour List 2010 for her text of Tales of Czech Princes and kings (Příběhy českých knížat a králů).
"This book includes nine stories from Czech history and brings to life many more. The most important events in the life of princes and kings in the early days from Boleslav II to Karel IV, are pictured in modern style full of action and retold poetically. Every detail is presented with precision allowing the reader to learn about history, from the dawn...

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Mr. McWurst and Mr. Toothpickson

27.9.2010

When these two first met, they just had to laugh. They both laughed at themselves because one looked like a barrel and the other like a bean-pole. But they liked each other right off the bat, and headed off to Rosemary’s restaurant to cement their friendship. The first man was named McWurst and, true to his name, he ordered a dozen plates of bratwurst and bread; the second, Mr. Toothpickson, ordered linden tea and a cracker. As they dined Mr. Toothpickson had a brilliant idea. He had read in...

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Little Mole's Herbarium White petals and a yellow centre – this is how a lot of flowers blooming in fields, on meadows or along roads look like. But which one of them is a camomile and which one is a daisy? Can you tell them apart? And do you know how a plantain looks like? Let’s discover and learn the beauties of meado...
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Christmas around the World Little Simon found a magical ball under his Christmas tree. The ball can take him wherever he wishes to see how Christmas is celebrated all around the world. In every picture you can find not only him, but also his brother Daniel, their dog and the magical ball itself. So open up the book, put yo...
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Tiger & Friends Take a journey with us and see animals from four continents. Rudolf Lukeš’s pop-up books have been re-issued in our Golden Vintage series. Having first delighted children in many countries in the 1960s, they are no less attractive to children today. The animal friends peeping out at us from these...

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