In Donostia there lived a boy who everyone called Jan Littlecross. When he still lived with his grandmother, she went with him to see the waves that approached the city from the open sea. These weren’t little waves, foamy curls. No, they were waves that reached a height of three, four, five, sometimes even eight meters, and broke against the sand of the shore, in front of the city.
Text: Peter Svetina
Peter Svetina is a writer, professor and translator from Slovenia. He writes for children, young adults and adults, but his work often crosses the borders between different target audiences. Svetina’s works often play with occurrences and images arising from his everyday life, and have been translated into English, German,
Spanish, Korean, Polish, Latvian, Estonian, and Lithuanian. His books have received some of the most prestigious national and international awards and are immensely popular among literary critics and young readers alike. His name was included in the shortlist of the 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Award.
Illustration: Jokin Mitxelena
Jokin Mitxelena was born in San Sebastian in the Basque Country. He studied painting in Bilbao and worked as a teacher for ten years. During his teaching career he began illustrating. He has lived and worked in Germany since 1995 and has collaborated with major Spanish and other international publishers, not only as
an illustrator, but also as an author. He has received several awards for his work. Slovenian readers can get to know him as the illustrator of The Girl who Delivered the Bread, the picture book written by Peter Svetina.