Things age, surely it hasn’t escaped your notice? I wouldn’t have thought you would miss it. Take your eye off something for a moment, and suddenly the new becomes old and devalued. Who is to blame for this? Imagine that the process is controlled by small creatures living all around us, in the hidden places of this world. It’s a lot of work and responsibility! Our hero, Překlep, specializes in publishing mistakes and one day realizes that those he sees aren’t happy with broken or old things and embarks on a journey to stop the ravages of time. Will he stop ageing? And who gets the Crystal prize? What role does a speaking dung beetle have to play? The answers can all be found within this epic children book.
Factory for ageing of books
Typo and Skin, our heroes
Things age, surely it hasn’t escaped your notice?
Stains and Mold farm
School trip to pattiserie
The Cog of Time.
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Book awards for Typo and Skim

Magnesia Litera 2017 - Best Czech children book
The award is presented by an independent citizenship Litera consisting of the following members: Academy of Science of the Czech Republic, Czech Centre of International P.E.N., Czech section of IBBY, Writers’ Guild, Translators‘ Guild, Czech Literary Fund Foundation and Association of Czech Booksellers and Publishers.
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Zlatá Stuha / The Golden Ribbon 2017 - Best Czech children book for young kids
25th anniversary of Award presented by Czech section of IBBY
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IBBY Honour list 2018
The International Board on Books for Young People

The White Ravens catalogue
A Selection of International Children's and Youth Literature
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Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis 2021
special prize New talents - Lena Dorn's translation
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A don’t-miss for science-minded middle schoolers...Set in a wildly inventive world...Imagination soars in this smart, humorous, visually captivating approach to a scientific concept.
- Kirkus starred review

“The title with the jokey names of the protagonists and the cover illustration...might give the impression that this is one of many nonsense children’s tales whose main ambition is to entertain the child reader by juxtaposing crazy and realistic life situations. However, [this book] offers much more. Beneath the surface of the humorous action, it touches upon important existential questions.”
 - Milena Šubrtová, iLiteratura

“Beautiful illustrations, an engaging story, an original idea and wonderful humor for children and parents alike. This book turns reading bedtime stories into fun for parents too.”
 - Blesk

Written by Tomáš Končinský and Barbora Klárová
Illustrations Daniel Špaček
Layout and typography Petr Štěpán
Editor Petr Eliáš
Corrections Veronika Kopečková
published by Albatros publishing house in October 2016

Published in Czech, German, Enlish, French, Korean, English, Slovenian, Lithuanian*, Polish*, Chineese*, Bulgarian*
* - in production

24x30cm, hardcover, 120 pages

all illustrations were made in Procreate

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