What could be better than to receive this oh so special letter book on the morning of your birthday? “When it’s your birthday I wear A party hat in the shower, on the bike and to the office. Everyone can see it’s your birthday. The whole day long,’ writes Tinga. The cheerful, playfully refined illustrations are by Astrid Verplancke. Her visual language is expressive, strong and primal - suitable for all ages. Little cockroaches is a new collection by Loopvis that will start in June 2019. Loopvis plans on a grand entrance in the Netherlands and Belgium bookshops where they will roll a complete card mill, filled with 32 little Cockroaches. Each booklet comes with a matching envelope. Themed Little cockroaches will become small collectibles. About Floor Tinga Floor writes picture books, childhood stories and books for beginning readers. My book Een nest voor Roef was awarded the third prize by the Flemish Children’s and Youth Jury 20/21. She also write poems for the magazine DICHTER and is a member of the editorial board of the youth magazine BoekieBoekie. About Astrid Verplancke Astrid transforms her poetic imagination into expressive, pasty paintings that she creates with lots of paint, rough brushstrokes and unsharpened pencils. She was recently allowed to use her ‘creative violence’ for two picture books: Where are the voices and Pisces Child. The illustrations she made for these books exude a more poetic character within her drawing style. Astrid works as an illustrator, graphic designer, painter, draftsman and scenographer. As for Themes, think of a story to comfort someone who has a hard time, something about birthdays, being sick or sad, about the death of a relative or pet, about moving, about friends (or the lack of, about getting used to a new school or sister, or about a safari in your own back yard... the list is endless. Categories: There will be 4 categories: fiction, poetry, young and culinary. The aforementioned topics can be found in all these categories. A collection of poems about death in the poetry category, a story about friendship in Young, consoling recipes in a culinary booklet and celebrating a literary treatise on birthday in Literature. Illustrations The most important thing of course is the content. Each booklet is illustrated in 2, 3 or 4 colors, in comics style, or line drawing, or 4 color illustrations. All styles and art are welcome! Frequency: after the first batch of 32 little cockroaches, every two months four to eight new titles come out, divided over the different categories. In addition, a series of 'special editions' will appear at various times during the year. A series of cockroaches around a certain (current) theme such as sports, public holidays and so on. Specifications The booklets are 12x17 cm and count 16 pages with a cover of thicker paper. They are bound with a bindrsstitch, which makes them considerably more elegant than stapled booklets. Everything is produced within the Netherlands. The printing is done by a sustainable printer in Groningen and all paper comes from Europe. The name: even should the earth be devastated, cockroaches will survive. The same applies to us, makers of texts and illustrations: however difficult and how minimal the earnings are, people will always keep writing, drawing, dancing, etc. We hope that our Little cockroaches will spread all over the world, just like a plague. And finally: the name lingers. Whether you are horrified by cockroaches or not, it is something that you won’t immediately forget!