How I wrote Blue Penguin
by Petr Horacek
“Blue Penguin” is my latest book and was published exactly two years after I had the idea of writing a book about a penguin.
I travel every autumn to the Czech Republic, the country where I was born. I love autumn and I love the Czech countryside.
It’s one of the most beautiful places I know. I stay there on my own. I walk and paint in the woods and I think about new ideas for my picture books.
Two years ago I was in this cottage and I was raking leaves in the orchard. I thought about one of my friends who was always himself and because of it, he didn’t make his life exactly easy. People don’t like it if somebody is different. My friend Richard was a bit different and I liked being his friend.
The idea of writing a book about a penguin that was different came from here I think.
I enjoyed writing and illustrating Blue Penguin and I hope you will enjoy reading it.