Books by Kveta Pacovská

MY BEDTIME MONSTER by Annelies Schwarz
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"This title feeds and calms listeners' imaginations in the most delightful way. (Picture book.4-6)"
The book jacket's depiction of a Leonardo da Vinci-esque creature transporting a child across an emerald sky signals a highly original approach to a pitch for a pet. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1996

A gorgeously original tale, from the creator of the enigmatic Flying (1995). The king plants flowers everywhere, covering his kingdom with blooms. But he's not happy yet; what's missing is a princess. After looking high and low, he finds one, and they live happily ever after. The front cover has a little square window cut from the middle, from which the hero peers out at readers. The king is a little red man, painted in bright colors and drawn off-center in the best primitivist tradition. The rest of the pictures are done in vibrant combinations of paint-box colors, with every detail deliberately out of proportion. The text is printed in big letters that in some way frame the lyrically messy art. These scenes give the tale an indescribable lightness and make it read more like a love letter than a children's book. (Picture book. 4-7) Read full book review >
FLYING by Kveta Pacovská
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

Seemingly complex artwork offers big rewards for readers who meet its demanding appeal. Two towers—more like rockets, each one somewhere between an obelisk and a crayon—are standing side by side when the smaller one whispers a ``secret'' to the other. In order to get to that secret, readers are meant to struggle through unorthodox, pencilled scrawls, color patches, and playful design elements, and ponder an array of wacky, puzzling characters who find distinct ways to fly: A yellow bear fills up balloons; a frog has a flying machine; other creatures construct wings. The secret turns out to be a message: ``Flying is easy!'' Pacovsk† (The Little Flower King, 1992, etc.) scores well for the notion that, from a child's point of view, clarity and complexity are often equivocal, particularly in the visual medium. This book has at once the appearance of a hoax and the expression of a genuine message about creativity and effort at the primal level. (Picture book. 6-10) Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 20, 1992

The Czech author-illustrator of a wonderfully inventive counting book (One, Five, Many) brings the same imagination and brilliant colors to illustrations for an old-fashioned story a little king whose happy life planting tulips is incomplete until he quests for a princess (he finds her in a tulip blossom) and makes her his queen. The tale's a bit trite but told with engaging simplicity, and it serves as a vehicle for Pacovsk†'s splendid mix of vigorous, childlike drawing (of images like the flowers and the king himself) with brash, sophisticated colors and playful manipulation of size for dramatic effect (Ö la Oscar de Mejo). A powerful sense of design informs these collage-like compositions, thoroughly European in tone. Try this with very young children, who'll like the peek-a-boo cover cutouts and respond to the vibrant colors, bold forms, and simple story. (Picture book. 2-6) Read full book review >