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Queen of Seagulls: A picture book about magic and love

Queen of Seagulls: A picture book about magic and love

A picture book by Rūta Briede. Translated from the Latvian by Elīna Brasliņa.

“Hiding in her kitchen, behind drawn curtains, Renata ate all of it for lunch. For some reason she found seagull food particularly delicious and she ate it with great relish, her fork clicking against the plate like a seagull’s beak.”

An Emma Press Children’s Picture Book
Approximate reading age: for reading aloud to children aged 4+; for children aged 7+ to read on their own

Page count: 44

Print ISBN: 9781910139134

Publication date: 3rd May 2018

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Rūta Briede

Rūta Briede illustrates books, draws comics, designs puppet shows and teaches at the Art Academy of Latvia. Her first picture book, Queen of Seagulls, earned international recognition and won the International Jānis Baltvilks Prize 2017 for the best debut. Rūta is the artistic director and stage designer for a puppet stage show based on Queen of Seagulls. The Dog Who Found Sorrow is her second book.


Renata seems like an ordinary angry neighbour. She complains about children playing in the street, steals the food that people leave out for birds, and yells if she hears music. But there are things that Renata has forgotten about herself, and she must uncover the truth before it’s too late… What are the seagulls trying to tell her? And why do the accordionist’s songs make her so cross? Will Renata ever remember who she really is? This is a story about seagulls, magic and true love!

This is a beautifully-produced, tactile, full-colour hardcover picture book. Perfect as a gift, for children and for adults. Supported by Latvian Writers’ Union (Latvijas Rakstnieku Savienība) and Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia.

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