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Life is fun

by Ilyas el Bacha


When you are only ten years old, this corona time will leave a lasting impression. No school for four months feels like an eternity. Especially if you do not have all the resources at home to help you with your digital education and your parents are unable to help with home schooling. The book Hoe we het monster versloegen (‘How we defeated the monster’) tells the stories of Amsterdam children. During lockdown and in the summer, writers offered these children creative writing workshops. Their imagination came to life and stories were created about how they experienced these times.

The book Hoe we het monster versloegen (‘How we defeated the monster’) was created and edited by Anna van Praag, author of children’s and youth books, with imaginative illustrations by Marc Suvaal, graphic designer and illustrator, with a degree from the Rotterdam art academy. The creative writing workshops for children were organised by Stichting voor Kennis en Sociale Cohesie (SKC) (Foundation for Knowledge and Social Cohesion). The book was published by ROSE stories.


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