All About Doggie and Pussycat: How They Kept House and All Sorts of Other Things As Well (Czech: Povídání o pejskovi a kočičce: Jak spolu hospodařili a ještě o všelijakých jiných věcech) is a charming Czech children’s book about a dog and a cat who live together in a house and wish to do everything as people do. They bake a cake, wash their floor, go for a Sunday stroll, and write letters. However, since they are a dog and a cat and not people, things do not always go as they wish.
The book, which is considered a classic of children’s literature in the Czech Republic, was written and illustrated by the Czech author Josef Čapek.
Čapek was a writer, artist, and poet who studied Cubism and produced many works throughout his life. These included stories, poems, and paintings. He was most famous for his paintings, but many Czech’s also know him as the author of the children’s classic All About Doggie and Pussycat.
All About Doggie and Pussycat was published in 1929 and later translated into English from the original Czech. It is a tender, clever story for children and a charming, humorous read for adults as well.
The illustrations are just as sweet and simple as the stories themselves.
If you speak Czech, you can listen to an audiobook below, about how doggie and pussycat bake a cake together.
You can purchase an English edition of All About Doggie and Pussycat here.
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