Carl, the Christmas Carp

Carl, the Christmas Carp

By Ian Krykorka; Vladyana Krykorka (Illustrator)

Orca Book Publishers, Hardcover, 9781551433295, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 2006

Every year, Radim's family has a delicious carp for Christmas dinner, selected from the huge wooden barrels that line the streets of Prague in December. But this year, when Radim sits by the bathtub feeding breadcrumbs to the fish that his father has chosen, he sees more than a delectable meal.
p>In Carl the Christmas Carp, Ian Krykorka writes a story drawn from his mother's childhood and from life in present day Prague as well. In the vibrant illustrations, Vladyana Krykorka lovingly recreates the city of her birth and her youth, down to the last glorious detail.

About the Author
As a child born in Canada, Ian Krykorka thought that eating fish instead of turkey for Christmas dinner would be strange. Still, he was captivated by his mother's tales of how back in Czechoslovakia her family kept their Christmas carp in the bathtub, feeding it kitchen scraps to fatten it up. After Ian experienced his first Christmas in Prague in 1999 and lived there for six months in 2003, the time had come to write a book. Ian lives, writes and designs websites in Toronto, Ontario and is the author of Silver Moon, also illustrated by his mother. Carl notwithstanding, fish is one of Ian's favorite foods.

Vladyana Krykorka emigrated to Canada from Czechoslovakia in 1968. Having studied art and architecture in Prague, she continued her education at the Ontario College of Art. Working as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer, she has won awards for book illustration and magazine design, including the Ruth Schwartz Award and the Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Citation. Vladyana lives in Toronto.