Joey the Beekeeper

Author & illustrator: Simona Čechová

Handling territories/rights available: Simplified Chinese, Complex Chinese and English market

Foreign rights sold: Italian, French, Ukrainian, Czech, Mongolian, Korean

English translation available.

Details
Original and publishing language: Slovak
Size: 230 x 230 mm
57 pages, hardcover
Ages: 4+
Pub. year: 2019

喬伊(Joey)住在一個沒有其他人居住,沒有任何生物生長的沙漠山谷中。
他常常感到非常悲傷,並且常常有離開家去找更好的生活場所的念頭。
直到一天早晨,喬伊(Joey)在他的小房子後面發現原來有一個驚喜一直在等待著他——那是一群流浪的蜜蜂正在尋找新家。
喬伊(Joey)對新鄰居感到非常高興,並做了一個蜂巢,讓他們和他可以在一起。
過了一陣子,他發現周圍的沙漠變成了一個陌生的地方:突然整個山谷到處都是盛開的樹木和七彩花朵。
其他動物知道這裡的怡人景色也搬進了喬伊(Joey)所居住的山谷,他覺得到自己不再孤單,也不再難過了。
他結識了新朋友,他養蜂,種水果和蔬菜。他再也沒有理由離開他的家園了。
第二年春天,喬伊(Joey)又有了新的驚喜——又有一群需要他幫助的蜜蜂。
在這本書中,孩子們將學習到照顧他人是多麼美好的一件事情。
也將學習到當我們渴望改變時,我們應該自己先邁出第一步。
本書還討論了蜜蜂的重要性以及它們的不可替代性。在最後10頁中,解釋了蜂蜜和蜂蜜酒的製作方法、蜜蜂如何給花朵授粉以及養蜂人需要哪些工具。

關於作者
Simona Čechová (1988):
斯洛伐克的插畫家和養蜂人。
Joey the Beekeeper 是她插圖和寫的第一本書。
她與蜜蜂一起長大,並從父親那裡學習了手工藝,她父親從父親那裡學習了諸如此類的東西。在Čech家族中,養蜂業已有120多年的傳統。
Simona曾就讀於英國貝德福德大學和蘇格蘭愛丁堡納皮爾大學,同時還是斯洛伐克插圖畫家協會(ASIL)的成員。
她在社論插圖,產品品牌和傳播方面有經驗,但她最大的熱情是書籍插圖。
Simona畫了幾本書,主要是圖畫書,她最近的圖畫書是關於斯洛伐克的首都布拉迪斯拉發(Bratislava)的,該書於去年出版,並於同年翻譯成法文和英文。
布拉迪斯拉發的魔幻大都市 – 由米哈爾·赫沃里基(Michal Hvorecký)撰寫,莫諾克爾(Monokel)發行,2018年)

Joseph lived in a desert valley where no one lived, and nothing grew.
He was often very sad and full of thoughts of leaving his home and finding a better place for living. Until one morning when behind his little house a surprise awaited him. A stray bee swarm was looking for a new home. Joseph was very happy about the new neighbours and made a beehive for them to stay with him.
After a while he discovers that the desert land around him is turning into unrecognisable. Suddenly the whole valley was full of blooming trees and colourful flowers. Other animals stared to move into Josephs valley and he realises that he is neither alone nor sad anymore. He made new friends, takes care of the bees and grows fruits and vegetables. There is no reason why to leave his homeland anymore. And the next spring, there is a new surprise for Joseph – a new swarm of bees that need his help.
In this book children will learn how beautiful it is to take care of someone and that when we long for change, it is us who should make the first steps.
This book also talks about the importance of bees and how irreplaceable they are. On the last 10 pages it is explained how honey and mead is made, how bees pollinate flowers and what tools a beekeeper needs.

About the author
Simona Čechová (1988)
is a Slovak illustrator and beekeeper. Joey the Beekeeper is her first book she illustrated and wrote as well. She grew up with bees and learned the craft from her father, who learned from his father and so on … In the Čech family, beekeeping has over 120 years’ tradition.
Simona studied at University of Bedfordshire in England and at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland, she is also a member of ASIL – Slovak Illustrators Association.
She has experience in editorial illustration, product branding and communication, but her biggest passion is book illustration.
Simona has illustrated several books, mainly picturebooks, her recent picturebook is about Slovakia’s capital city Bratislava which got published last year and was translated into French and English language the same year. (Bratislava the magic metropolis – writen by Michal Hvorecký, published by Monokel, 2018)

Festivals and exhibitions

  • BIB – Biennial of Illustrations 2019, Bratislava (Slovak republic)
  • Solo exhibition – Joe the beekeeper, Galerie Krystal 2018, Havířov (Czech republic)
  • TVOR! Farbrika Umenia, Mestská kniznica Partiáznske 2017, Partizánske (Slovakia)
  • Creative Expo Taiwan 2017, Taipei Expo Park, Taipei (Taiwan)
  • Solo exhibition-Three Kittens of Aunt Mily, AF bookshop 2016, Trnava (Slovakia)
  • LUSTR illustration festival 2014, Prague (Czech republic)
  • Solo exhibition Artforum bookshop 2012, Trnava (Slovakia)
  • MOR HO Collective 2013, London (UK)
  • International Festival of Animation Arts 2012, Saint-Pétersbourg (Russia)
  • Animateka 2012, Maribor and Ljubljana (Slovenia)
  • Supertoon 2012, Island of Brac (Croatia)
  • Monstra Festival 2011, Lisbon (Portugal)
  • Fest Anca 2011, Zilina (Slovakia)
  • Festival du court métrage 2011, Altkirch (France)
  • Festival Internazionale Cortometraggi 2011, Malesco (Italy)
  • DA&D New Blood 2010, London (UK)

Published by Kris Guo

I am a foreign rights agent for books on art, design, and children's picture books.

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