Līva Ozola (1991) is an artist and illustrator. She has studied printmaking at the Art Academy of Latvia. Her main focus is on book illustrations, however she also participates in other art projects. Ozola’s favorite technique is colored or black and white pastel pencils. Her book illustrations were published by Zvaigzne ABC, Jānis Roze apgāds and Liels un mazs.
2018, Grand Jury Prize of Beijing International Book Fair Ananas Illustration Awards for her book Eju meklēt! [Here I come!] published by Liels un mazs
Illustrations (Books to fall for)
Here I Come!
Here I Come! (Eju meklēt!)
Hide-and-seek is a game children love to play no matter where they live in the world. Imagination plays an active part in figuring out just the right hiding place and also knowing where to look when it’s time to be the one searching. This book is about a little girl named Vilma
who plays hide-and-seek with her dad. On each page the reader can open little doors and see who’s hiding behind them. The relatively large size of the book makes it possible to fully experience Vilma’s imaginative world, full of many interesting things from the everyday reality of the apartment. The story is enriched by rhymes, which are useful when starting to play hide-and-seek.
The Republic of Bears
The Republic of Bears (Lāču republika)
Minister of Strategic Planning gets up on the wrong side of the bed and is late for the Cabinet Ministers’ meeting. He blames it on a little bear cub, causing him to miss his ride. At the meeting he suddenly remembers: The bear! Now, that is the real issue! The Minister exclaims in a booming voice: “Respected colleagues! We have a terrible situation in our capital city! There are bears wandering the streets!” Ministers are concerned about violating private property and offer to buy the bears. The Cabinet agrees to request co-financing from the EU to relocate the bears and form a working group.
Plastic Hooligans (Plastmasas huligāni)
The plastic bag confides in the brothers Klāvs and Intars, admitting that plastic bags get up to all sorts of mischief: getting tangled round tree branches, floating down rivers, blowing down streets. Then the plastic bag tells them its sad story: it was thrown away, unable to fulfil its main mission in life, namely carrying home someone’s shopping. The brothers feel sorry for the plastic bag and resolve to help it. They name him Angerbag and decide not only to keep it for good but also to collect all the other discarded plastic bags they can find for recycling.