mean alfred

  • author: Māris Rungulis
  • illustrator: Reinis Pētersons

isbn: 978-9984-820-41-5

size: 19 x 24,5 cm

quantity: 76 pages

year: 2012

price: 7,97 €

No children live in the Riverbanks, a riverside country house. The only one making trouble and creating disorder here is the mean Alfred, an unshaven drunk who lives on the second floor of the building with Murka, his cat. The naughtiest of boys would be hard pressed to compete with Alfred as far as all sorts of mischief are concerned: he crushes snails, throws stones at anglers, ruins the neighbours’ cabbage, empties his rubbish bin into the river, cuts the brake cable on the postwoman’s bicycle and neglects Grethen, his goat: in other words, Alfred is a mean man indeed. Unexpectedly a boy appears in the house... Eduard, dispatched to spend his summer holidays at Granddad’s to help his city neighbours forget the boy’s pranks, finds life in the country boring. When he notices Alfred, a secret competition ensues, and suddenly summer gets so much more interesting...


Māris Rungulis (1950) is a writer popular among teenage readers; the first ever winner of the Jānis Baltvilks Prize, Rungulis has also been repeatedly recognised by the Children’s Jury.


The illustrations to the book were created by Reinis Pētersons, winner of the 2012 Zelta Ābele book art competition and two-time winner of the Lielais Kristaps Latvian film award.