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Joanna Olech

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Joanna Olech

Pompon on holidays

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Read by Marta Meissner, recorded by Radiofonia Association
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English translation: Katarzyna Krasoń
“Right!” Pompon slapped his forehead. “Poor guy. Bald from the very beginning.”
“Nothing like that,” Mum Fiś protested. “Granddad used to have a mop of luxuriant hair … up to some point.”
“And this crybaby?” Dragon pointed to the girl in school uniform.
“That’s obviously ME,” said Mum, slightly touched. “I was crying because the photographer hadn’t allowed me to be photographed with my cat.”
“Rightly, everybody looks like an idiot with a cat.”
Mum Fiś turned the page.
“Oh! I know him!” Pompon cried out cheerfully. “That must be Gniewek. What happened to him? He has no single tooth!”
“Well … Infants are not born with teeth.”
“Oh really? As far back as I can remember I have always had teeth. And from my early days I could bleed fire.”
“Breathe.”
“So you could bleed fire too?” Pompon asked with astonishment.
“To breathe… he breathes… I was breathing… Grammar, my Dragon, grammar,” Mum bobbed her head.
“Ok. I could SPIT fire.”
“Look, here is Malwinka. At the seaside, in Łeba.”
“Naked?! With a bucket on her head?”
“She wasn’t even one year old. It was a great holiday.”
“Malwina!!!” Dragon roared deep into the house. “Come here, you’ll see something! A naked chick!”
But when Malwina stood behind Dragon’s back and looked at the photo, Pompon immediately felt sorry he’d called her over. Because right after, Malwina blew a fuse and with a kitchen towel in her hand was chasing after Dragon around the house.
“Wait you, donkey, I’ll show you how to laugh. The guy who goes to school with no briefs on won’t make fun of me.”
English translation: Katarzyna Krasoń
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Joanna Olech

(b. 1955) – a graphic artist, author of books for children and young adults. Connected to Tygodnik Powszechny weekly, Gazeta Wyborcza daily, and Nowe Książki, where she publishes articles on children’s literature. Has long promoted reading among the youngest. The author of a recognised series of books about the adventures of Pompon the Dragon and the Fiś family. The story of what would seem an ordinary family and their extraordinary charge are loved by thousands of children and adults alike. The books Olech publishes are highly recognisable also for their meticulous editing and publishing. Her book on the adventures of The Little Red Riding Hood received the prestigious distinction from the Polish Book Publishers’ Association in the competition for the Most Beautiful Books of the Year.

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