Queen of Seagulls: a story of true love

A picture book written and illustrated by Rūta Briede

Translated from the Latvian Kaiju karalienes noslēpums by Elīna Brasliņa


Do you know your neighbours? But do you really know them? In this delightfully subversive, comic contemporary fable, written for children and adults alike, you will be reminded that everyone you know – even your most boring or annoying neighbour – might be leading a life full of magic and wonder…

Renata may not seem like your average hero. She’s an angry neighbour who complains about the people around her, steals food that has been left out for the birds, and yells if she ever hears music. But there is much more to her… what are the seagulls trying to tell her? And what does the accordionist’s mysterious song really mean?

In order to find out the answers to these questions, Renata needs to learn about herself, and overcome her past mistakes. Everyone has secrets and problems. How do we overcome them and build a better life for us and those around us? Renata needs to work that out – and she’s going to take you along on her magical journey of self-discovery…

This is a story of true love amid the seagulls!

Queen of Seagulls is a contemporary, refreshing picture book, suitable for all ages, and illustrated with expressive, bold artwork that is full of personality. It is written and drawn by Ruta Briede, a leading illustrator and instructor at the Latvian Academy of Arts.

Suitable for children and adults.

Supported by Latvian Writers’ Union (Latvijas Rakstnieku Savienība) and Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia. Originally published as Kaiju karalienes noslēpums by Liels un mazs in 2017.

Print ISBN 978‑1‑910139‑13‑4
Publication date: 3rd May 2018
Page count: 44
Price: £10.00

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About the author

Rūta Briede illustrates books, draws comic, designs puppet shows and teaches at the Art Academy of Latvia. She is the creator of the BICKI-BUCK BOOKS series and the puppet stage show based on this story about Renata. You can visit Rūta’s website here: http://rutabriede.lv/


About the translator

Elīna Brasliņa studied Printmaking and Graphic Arts at the Art Academy of Latvia. Since 2014 she has illustrated ten titles, including the award-winning Moon Juice, which is her international debut. She has received a number of nominations in Latvia and was twice awarded the Zelta Ābele (Golden Apple Tree) National Prize for Book Art. You can visit Elīna’s website here: www.elinabraslina.com


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