the kiosk

  • author and illustrator: Anete Melece

isbn: 978-9934-574-10-8

size: 210 x 280 mm

quantity: 40

year: 2019

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For years now, the kiosk has been Olga’s workplace and home which she doesn’t feel able to leave anymore. To distract herself, she reads travel magazines and dreams of being far away. One day an absurd occurrence sets her off on her journey. It begins on a morning when the newspaper deliverer drops the pack of newspapers a bit farther than usual. While Olga tries to reach it, two boys start stealing candy from the kiosk. Olga notices them, but the sudden moves make the kiosk fall down turning Olga’s world upside down - she discovers that she can walk with the kiosk! On a walk around the town she meets one of her customers with the odd dog. The dog gets excited and runs around Olga in circles. Tangled up in the leash, she falls in the river. It carries her far into the sea where she floats for three days and nights until a giant wave washes her ashore where she has dreamt to be. Olga remakes her kiosk into an ice-cream kiosk on the beach and watches sunsets every night.

This picture book is based on Melece’s animated short movie which has received several awards.



In 2013 Anete Melece created a 7-minute long animated short film “Kiosk” which gained international recognition and received more than 20 awards in Switzerland, Latvia, China, Korea, Luxembourg, Portugal, Russia, Egypt, and Austria. Her movie has been selected for more than 100 festivals all over the world. 

The story is both funny and sad, it allows the reader to think about “being stuck” in their lives and being unable to fulfil their dreams. Olga is not just a hopeless seller, who replaces reality with magazine pictures. She is also a  small centre of the neighbourhood and an important person for other people to talk to and cofide in. It is possible to watch the “Kiosk” on Vimeo: 



Anete Melece (1983) works in Latvia and Switzerland in graphic art, illustration, comics and animation. She is a witty observer of tiny mundane details, daringly offering literature her own parallel visual narrative.