the hunt for bruno the bear

  • author: Juris Zvirgzdiņš
  • illustrator: Reinis Pētersons

isbn: 978-9984-820-19-4

size: 13,5 x 19,5 cm

quantity: 120 pages

year: 2009

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The father of the protagonist Kaspars is a journalist who, in fear of losing his job, is forced to invent a false sensation. The ‘bear fad’ consumes the whole of Latvia. Meanwhile Kaspars with a bunch of ‘Red Indians’ he has befriended in the country really do stumble upon a whole pack of bears hailing from the eastern border of Latvia. These educated animals who can both speak and read Latvian; they want to find place for themselves in Latvai and be Latvian bears. It turns out that both the children who play Red Indians and know the forest inside out and their little brother – an ‘online Indian’ who is much more familiar with the virtual world – can get along really well and work together. However, they are threatened by poachers driven wild by the ‘bear fad’.
The story, dedicated to the memory of Bruno the Bear who was shot dead in Bavaria, expresses strong moral support to the green-minded ant-saver and tree-preserver that lives inside every computer game ‘sniper’.

The artist for his illustrations to the book won the Jānis Baltvilks Prize and the Zelta ābele (Golden Apple-Tree) Award.