Petr Horáček Q&A
The book that my parents read to me
When I was a child my father used to read to me ‘Rumcajs’ by Václav Čtvrtek, illustrated by Radek Pilař. The stories were about a shoemaker, who lived in the little Czech town of Jičín. Rumcajs fell out with the local count and went to live in the woods.
Rumcajs was strong, he wore a hat made from oak bark and he shot acorns from his ancient pistol.
The stories were fun and I liked the illustrations too.
Like many of my generation I grow up on truly amazing pop-up books designed by Vojtěch Kubašta.
Apart from books we also had lots of very good quality animated films. Here I must mention Jiří Trnka who was one of the most prolific and incredibly talented artists who worked as a puppet maker, animator, illustrator and writer.
During Communism many talented writers and artists were unable to publish and exhibit their work. Working on books and animated films for children was often the only way these artists could fulfill themselves and earn some money. Writing for children wasn’t as carefully censored, as it wasn’t considered to be important or dangerous by the ruling communistic government. The artists often wrote and illustrated under different names.
Now read the other sections in this excellent feature:
- The book that first got me excited about reading
- The book that I most wanted to make
- The children’s book I read and re-read the most
- The book I read as a teenager that blew my mind
- A children’s book I discovered later in life and which had a profound effect
- My latest book