Initially, this Little Roach was especially aimed as a gift for people who are retiring. Once writing, Geert De Kockere realized that there are many more moments when life suddenly offers you seas of time. What remains unabated: the haikus in this booklet are all about that moment. Whether that is because of a pension, a wonderfully long holiday (after a final exam) or when someone has to recover from illness. The illustrations will help you on your way. Warm and full of promises of distant horizons and unlimited possibilities. Geert De Kockere followed a teacher training course, but later became a journalist. In 1989 he made his debut as a youth author with a collection of children’s verses, ‘Fingers in the jam’. A year later he founded the non-profit organization Pigmalion, with the intention of bringing children into contact with and learning to enjoy poetry in a playful and active way through publications, projects and performances. In addition to poetry collections, Geert De Kockere also published stories for different ages. He contributes to various children’s magazines and is editor-in-chief of KITS, a current affairs newspaper for young people. He also develops multimedia software for children and writes screenplays for youth theatre. Trui Chielens (18 October 1987) graduated in 2010. Her debut ‘Ozewiezewatte’, a book of children’s songs, was nominated for the Illustrarte competition. She also illustrated ‘How I defeated the head beast’, a book for the Ghent Museum Dr. Guislain. This was followed by a graphic novel ‘seat cat’, in which she based the illustrations on a theater text by Josse De Pauw. She was the resident illustrator of CC De Spil in Roeselare for a year, and now works on a regular basis for ‘the time’. She draws in a graphic way, mainly with pencils and a limited color palette. Her drawings look playful, but often hide a sharp edge.


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

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