Agnese Vanaga (1985) is a Latvian author of children’s literature. She worked as a journalist and a project manager of communications. Her first book Mazo latvju pirmie vārdi [First Words of Little Latvians] was published in 2014. Vanaga’s second book Plastmasas huligāni [Plastic Hooligans] about environmental issues was published in 2019. It was praised by the Children and Young Adult Jury and was shortlisted for the International Jānis Baltvilks Prize in Children’s Literature and Book Art. Plastic Hooligans was adapted into a play with the same title and the film studio “Animācijas brigāde” is currently working on the animation film “Dusmukule” [Angerbag]. In 2020 Plastmasas huligāni. Draugs pazuda [Plastic Hooligans. Lost Friend] was published. Vanaga’s latest book Pagalma enciklopēdija jeb Kas tad tas? [Courtyard Encyclopedia or What is this?] is coming soon.
Plastmasas huligāni. Draugs pazudis [Plastic Hooligans. Lost Friend]. Riga: Jāņa Rozes apgāds, 2020.
Plastmasas huligāni [Plastic Hooligans]. Riga: Jāņa Rozes apgāds, 2019.
Mazo latvju pirmie vārdi [First Words of Little Latvians]. Riga: AIAI SIA, 2014.
Books to fall for
Plastic Hooligans (Plastmasas huligāni)
The plastic bag confides in the brothers Klāvs and Intars, admitting that plastic bags get up to all sorts of mischief: getting tangled round tree branches, floating down rivers, blowing down streets. Then the plastic bag tells them its sad story: it was thrown away, unable to fulfil its main mission in life, namely carrying home someone’s shopping. The brothers feel sorry for the plastic bag and resolve to help it. They name him Angerbag and decide not only to keep it for good but also to collect all the other discarded plastic bags they can find for recycling.
Agnese Vanaga reads excerpt from Plastic Hooligans. Lost Friend // Satori youtube channel, 2019 [LV]
Video about Plastic Hooligans // Jānis Roze youtube channel, 2019 [LV]
About Plastic Hooligans // Latvijas Sabiedriskie Mediji, 2019 [LV]
Baiba Petrenko, Kā par plastmasu runāt ar bērniem?, review of Plastic Hooligans // Online magazine Satori, 2019 [LV]