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My First Kafka: Runaways, Rodents, and Giant Bugs

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  121 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Runaway children who meet up with monsters. A giant talking bug. A secret world of mouse-people. The stories of Franz Kafka are wondrous and nightmarish, miraculous and scary. In My First Kafka, storyteller Matthue Roth and artist Rohan Daniel Eason adapt three Kafka stories into startling, creepy, fun stories for all ages. With My First Kafka, the master storyteller takes ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 15th 2013 by One Peace Books
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Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Exterminators, Lonely People
Recommended to Jordan by: Elizabeth
There are precious few children's books these days that are willing to expound and illustrate the lethal potential of apples.

Buy this title from Powell's Books.
Children have 'first Christmases,' and 'first birthdays' and 'first lost teeth,' but here is a first Kafka! This little gem is a perfect blend of story and pictures. The stories, "Excursion into the Mountain," METAMORPHOSIS, and"Josefine the Singer, or the Mouse People," are creepy enough. The retellings are spot on...loved poor Gregor's flight from the apple-missles. But the illustrations? Masterful. Gregor is resplendent in these black-and-white, pen-and-ink pieces...They added a totally new e ...more
Michael Seidel
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Brief retellings of Kafka stories that are not dumbed down or any less dark than the originals. For me, the illustrations are what make this book really special. They're surreal and ornate, with perfectly odd perspectives.

Definitely a book I'll look forward to reading to my children for years to come.
Joey Gremillion
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-fiction
Maureen Swift
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Yes, it's a children's book. Yes, it's still Kafka in all his gloomy glory. What a great idea!
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
A really interesting bedtime read for my girls; it prompted a discussion about animals' thoughts and feelings, and that was a win in my eyes.
I enjoyed reading it, but my eight year old said he had better things to do.
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very succinct versions of 3 Kafka stories with fabulous black&white art that reminds me of Rick Griffin's 60's artwork. very odd and very guileless.
Edward Sullivan
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Kafka for kids. Gloomy and weird.
Rebecca Smith
Mar 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Finding this book gave me so much joy. Any TRULY well-rounded child simply MUST be familiar with dear Franz’s work at an early age and what better way to get to him than through a beautifully illustrated children’s book.
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Yes, Kafkaa for children. Better yet, it's gorgeous.
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Interesting drawings. Probably not a good choice for a kids picture book.
This book tries to introduce children to the bizarre world of Franz Kafka. I’m not sure how well this would actually succeed with the tots. Kafka is not known for his humor and the illustrations and stories here convey the feelings of unease, alienation, sadness and abandonment typically found in his novels. Admittedly, you get these themes in Harry Potter novels—but there’s usually the joy and wonder of a pseudo-magical world to buoy you through Rowling’s creation of a world devoted to witchcra ...more
Mar 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: on-deck
Very strange. I've never read Kafka before, though not because of lack of interest. I kind of find his writing difficult to understand. And so when i saw this, I thought hey, how convenient. It was really strange, but in a wonerful way. If anything, im even more excited to read some Kafka now. Loved the illustrations and the stories. Although the ending of the metamorphisis and the last story were a bit bizzare.
3.5 out of 5
Erkan Karakiraz
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Evden kaçan ve garip yaratıklarla karşılaşan çocuklar... Konuşan, dev bir böcek. Fare ulusunun gizli dünyası. Franz Kafka'nın hikâyeleri şaşırtıcı, korkutucu ve mucizevidir. Matthue Roth ile Rohan Daniel Eason bu ortak çalışmalarıyla Kafka'nın hikâyelerini yeniden yorumlayarak, her yaştan okuyucunun ilgisini çekecek bir kitapta toplamışlar."
(Arka kapaktan)
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Saw this at the library. It was delicious.
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-book
I had high hopes for this book, but maybe Kafka isn't suitable for a picture book...too depressing. Nice pictures, but overall, I am skeptical that this book would appeal to kids
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
I liked the art - some of it. The tiny drawings below the text were delightful.
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Matthue's book My First Kafka was called "eerie and imaginative" by The New Yorker) and "creepy cute" by Wired. He's also written a bunch of other books, most recently Rules of My Best Friend's Body. He's also written for Sesame Street, and by day he writes games for Google. He lives in Brooklyn with his family, and he keeps a secret diary at