German / Austria

Gerda Gelse. Allgemeine Weisheiten über Stechmücken
(Gerda Gelse. General truths about mosquitoes)

Trpak, Heidi (text)
Aufderhaar, Laura Momo (illus.)
Gerda Gelse. Allgemeine Weisheiten über
Stechmücken
(Gerda Gelse. General truths about mosquitoes)
Wien: Wiener Dom-Verl., 2013. – [26] p.
+ 1 poster
ISBN 978-3-85351-247-0

Mosquito | Non-fiction

Mosquitoes are not exactly the most popular creatures. Nevertheless, kindergarten teacher Heidi Trpak from Vienna and graphic designer Laura Momo Aufderhaar from Berlin manage to make them seem almost likable – at least until readers hear that annoying buzz again.

In this non-fiction book, the mosquito Gerda Gelse relates her life as a bloodsucking insect. This personalised biology lesson, directly addressed to the reader, is complemented by short informational texts explaining the illustrations. The pictures themselves also reflect the topic of ≫nature≪ because they were created as nature prints, using leaves and grasses. Thus ≫Gerda Gelse≪ has the feel of a carefully composed Gesamtkunstwerk (universal artwork). And for those who are puzzled by the name: ≫Gelse≪ is the Austrian word for ≫mosquito≪.

As some readers might not know what a mosquito is called in Hungarian, Czech, or Latvian, this book off ers help, too: Just take a look at the endpapers!
(Age: 5+)