carnival and potato salad

  • author: Andrus Kivirähk
  • illustrator: Edmunds Jansons
  • translator: Guntars Godiņš

isbn: 978-9934-533-71-6

size: 160 x 230 mm

quantity: 94 pages

year: 2016

price: 9.00 €

The Estonian writer Andrus Kivirähk is already well-known in Latvia for a long time and has received The International Jānis Baltvilks Award in Riga twice. We read his books about the dog girl Lote, the family adventure story “Sirli, Siim and the Secrets” and the collected short stories with the exciting title “Pooh and Springtime”. 

“Carnival and Potato Salad”, which is considered to be a sequel of “Pooh and Springtime”, also consists of short, plot independent stories about events in a kindergarden, at home and school.  Precise and reality based observations gain dimension of fantasy and adventure which corresponds to child’s perception of the world. This book is a sister to “Poop and Springtime” – as witty, brave, true and dear! Both books also share the style and manner of the artist Edmunds Jansons. His characters don’t allow the reader to simplify the narrative but they fit perfectly with writer’s “childishly surreal” way of thinking. Guntars Godiņš has found a colourful and laconic way of the Latvian language for Kivirähk’s imagination and wit. The accomplishment was evaluated with delight by the listeners already in 2015 during The International Childrens’s Literature Readings of Jānis Baltvilks Award where the author also participated.