There’s a new Little Roach about Faith! In this part (perfectly readable without prior knowledge of course), Lotje has a sore leg. For weeks. And so he is no longer allowed to run, swing, turn, jump. He has to rest in a boring cage. For his own good. A wonderfully rhythmic story about being sick, having to recover and things that take more time than you would like. With beautifully graceful illustrations by Jeska Verstegen (also known as the author of the book I will keep you, published by Querido). Diet writes poems and books, gives poetry workshops, is a city poet and works as a journalist/columnist for magazines and newspapers. She also wrote the bestseller Het Grote Poetsboek and The Studentenpoetsboek. Diet studied English Language and Literature and Literary Studies at Utrecht University and Writing for Performance (poetry) at the Theater Faculty of the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Utrecht. Jeska Verstegen (1972) has illustrated more than a hundred children’s books. And they are all completely different. Just when you think you’ve figured out how Jeska’s work works, she comes up with something new. Recognizable pen drawings in black ink are alternated with pastel chalk, acrylic paint, colored pencil and collage techniques (sometimes quite unorthodox, for example with crumpled paper or a stone). In addition to those more than a hundred children’s books, Jeska also writes, and she makes editorial illustration work for magazines and newspapers, for example. 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. 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!


  • 16 pages
  • 12 x 17 centimeters
  • 4 colors
  • with thicker paper for the cover, bound with binderstitch

Rights available for...

  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Spanish
  • French
  • English
  • Portuguese (Europe)