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Not much, but enough to set the imagination of the beholder in motion. The art of reduction and allusion is characteristic for the texts of this multifaceted poetry book. The rhymed riddles, magic formulas, shortest-of-all poems, calligrams and much more are full of fantastic, imaginative wit and a feeling for language. Equally original and at times grotesque, the drawings round-out this enjoyable book. Marriage forbidden, Papa! Vigo: Galaxia, So she is most unhappy that he has found a new girlfriend, Berta. Lying in hospital for an appendectomy, she has much time to think about her life up to now, the new situation, and her total antipathy for Berta.

Alternating between Elia's first-person perspective and the occasional, more neutral third-person observations, Fina Casalderrey develops a realistic, convincing picture of the emotional world of her young protagonist. Siruela, This is a country consisting of 26 islands, each named after a letter in the alphabet, and is ruled by the slightly despotic King AyZee. With this monarch, who gladly shows her his whole kingdom, Marisol is able to conduct witty, sometimes absurd, sometimes sophisticated conversations.

This easy-to-understand and sensitive text with color illustrations is an inquiry - using stars as an example - into existential questions and the meaning of life and underscores the value of every individual being. What Peregrina's fate is, is found out in the end, as a bright star comes to shine over a small village named Bethlehem.

His mother has been asked to deliver an ominous-looking blue packet from Spain to a long-lost man whom she was once in love with, during their youthful years in Spain. Maillines is a slumbering, secluded place, a world of its own that follows its own slow rhythm of life and time.

Maillines becomes the symbol for homeland, meeting and parting, hoping and waiting. Los piratas ISBN Naivity - Curiosity - Philosophy of life Children are hungry for knowledge, they observe our world with their own eyes and are interested both in the big questions and the little details of life. Why don't we walk on four legs? Why do I get goosebumps? Or even: where was I before I was born? On each double-spread of this picture book one such question is posed. Each question stands alone, but together they give an entertaining and profound insight into the way children think.

Espasa juvenil ; 55 ISBN Animals - Difference - Search for identity A curious, adventurous little animal sets out alone, leaving parents and familiar territory behind it, in order to discover the world. On its random course it encounters a wide variety of animals who all make fun of the naive stranger. For the frog its eyes are too big, for the snake, its legs too long, for the ant it is much too large.

And on top of that they all want to know: who are you? This becomes clear in the end: a paranguaricutirimicuaro - although this name gives rise to even more questions. The diversity of the animal world and the search for one's own identity are the themes of this amusing and accessible story. Las mil caras del Diablo. Cuentos, leyendas y tradiciones The thousand faces of the devil. Folktales, legends and traditions Barcelona: Ed. Juventud, The result is an interesting mixture, that enables a multi-faceted view at a well-known, many-sided character.

Using a thematic approach - such as the origins of the devil or the classical motif of the devil's pact - the author offers interesting connections. Initial vignettes, black-and-white and some color illustrations, as well as an extensive list of sources and secondary literature round out this exemplary book. El cuerno de Maltea Maltea's horn Madrid: Alfaguara, The crass adjustments from provincial life in the country to life in the big city are further exacerbated by the fact that the boy had insisted on bringing his goat Maltea with them.

Maltea gets loose and causes various upsets, is taken for an incarnation of the devil and in the end must play with its life on account of human superstition and of being alien and intolerably disruptive to city life. Told from Lulino's naive, at times almost picaresque point of view, this is a colorful, humorous story with a sense for situational comic. Paralelo Cero ; 22 ISBN Chiapas Mexico - Aborigines - Oppression - Social Conflict - Photographer - Suicide The younger brother of a Spanish photographer wants to find out why his brother chose to commit suicide, even though he had received an important prize for the publication of a photo of a massacre in the Mexican state of Chiapas only a short time before.

The question leads him to the center of the conflict, the jungle of Lacandona. This suspenseful, ficticious story by one of today's most widely read young adult writers in Spain is based on the real suicide case of a photojournalist. The book not only sheds light on the background of this socio-political conflict but also shows clearly the implications of journalism. What happens in the time between her arrival and that of her boyfriend can hardly be summarized in this short space because this fastpaced narrative is so absurd and grotesque.

All in all a rather unspectacular story but it provokes laughter again and again. The author has a masterful way with words and a conspicuous talent for unconventional, spontaneous, and imaginative ideas. Jo vinc de tot arreu Ostelinda. I come from everywhere Barcelona: Galera, LaGalera jo vinc de A notable feature of this book is that the girl belongs to the Roma, a people who are at home in many countries and are often marginalized and stigmatized. This book deserves praise in particular for showing clearly that Ostelinda is above all a child like any other.

Spain Catalan - - Parra, Ivan Hola diari! Hello, diary! Barcelona: Ed. L'esparver jove ; 2 ISBN x Adolescence - Everyday life - Growing up - First love - Diary During his summer holiday fourteen-year old Daniel writes in his diary, because he enjoys writing and because he wants hold on to his experiences for himself and others.

Daniel tells about typical occurences in the daily life of an adolescent: family, first love, get togethers and minor adventures that are part of growing up. This is done energetically in an humorous, entertaining manner. The book is strongly autobiographical, since the author is only sixteen-years old. Wars, plagues, conquests, rampages are a continual threat to mankind when the young monk Michel saves a mysterious pergament manuscript from his burned down monastery in the year It contains gloomy prophecies which anticipate the end of the world if the so-called three axes of the time wheel could not be fitted together.

Only this would enable mankind to live another thousand years. In his battle against time the monk travels throughout Europe with the juggler Mattius. Jaime struggles on alone. And the moral of the story? Life is a game in which one either wins or loses. Las tres edades ; 68 ISBN Shop - Language - Word-play The history teacher Carlos finds himself in a peculiar kind of shop that offers none of the usual kind of wares, but only words.

At each of his visits he delves ever deeper into the fascinating world of language: its history, disappeared or not yet invented words, the endless possibilities of fantastic word-games are presented to him. All this occurs not in a dry and theoretical manner, but imbedded in a story that encourages the readers' creativity. This title is yet another example of the internationally successful trend that began with J.

The blind man, who in the end is killed by a subway-train, turns out in retrospect to have been his father, an actor, who had been leading a double life parallel to his family life for a long time. This intellectually challenging story is a kind of Entwicklungsroman in which the narrator looks back twenty years later at this episode in his life that helped him grow into adulthood.

On the other hand the book is also a hymn to literature and the love of reading. Destino, ISBN Appearance - Dissatisfaction - Identity search Actually Sara is quite satisfied with herself and doesn't give a darn about her appearance. There are more important things in life. But when she has her picture taken in a camera booth, she is suddenly plagued with doubts. Aren't the others much prettier than she is?

Wouldn't it be nice to look different? A fairy fulfills her wish and causes confuses Sara's feelings for the rest of the day. In the end she is quite happy to be herself again. This story about wishing to be someone else is illustrated by Gabriela Rubio with very expressive, wild pictures. In the strong energetic brush strokes, the reader recognizes the personality and the imaginative powers of this willful, fantasy-loving protagonist.

Spain Catalan - - Ballester, Arnal illus. No tinc paraules I have no words Valencia: Media Vaca, Media Vaca ; 1 ISBN Ship - Imaginary journey - Circus With the very first volume of an ambitious new series of children's and young adult books the Media Vaca publishing house presents one of the most renown Spanish illustrators with a book that is additionally remarkable for the courage it took to complete it - for it is a book that goes against the expectations of the reader.

Even through the pictures the loosely knit storyline about a dreamlike fantasy journey on an ocean liner is only vaguely understandable. Most of the pictures in red, black and white - with red as a primary background color are surrealistic circus scenes done in Ballester's extremely graphic style. Each one stands alone - with no immediate neighbor - autonomous. Thus the viewer can read each one in its own right, engaging in free association, fantasizing one's own story. Spain Catalan - - Canela, Montserrat text Max illus. Ioshi i la pluja Ioshi and the rain Barcelona: LaGalera [et al. Colors are disappearing.

Just as everyone begins to dispair of change, the blacksmith Xemor climbs up into the heavens to visit the ruler of the wind and storms. Vain and tempestuous, she only reluctantly admits that she has quite simply forgotten about the village of Ioshi. She sends down rain, all turns well. All except for the intrepid Xemor, whom she plays a colorful trick on.

Max illustrates this fairy-tale like story in his own clear comic strip style. The scenes of Xemor's visit in heaven which are depicted entirely in grey are most fascinating with their dramatic piles and tunnels of clouds. Notable are also the meticulous layout and typography. Each night he discovers that letters and even whole words have disappeared from his books. Refusing to put up with it any longer, he catches one of the culprits with a sticky trick: a curious-looking worm that has been forced by the monster Wordmuncher to go hunting for him.

Cosme demands that he be led to the insatiable beast and manages to liberate all the abducted letters. High-quality, graphic style color illustrations accompany this simple fantasy tale. Some are quite abstract and form a delightful challenge to the imagination - not only for child readers. He is confronted with a dilemma when on two occasions he comes upon a person in the desert who would be lost without him.

Each time he asks himself whether it would be right to help them without knowing if they are good or bad people. The basic story, which contains several shorter tales, is above all a reflection on basic philosophical issues about human existence: What is good, what is bad?

What is individual responsibility? What is coincidence? Can one determine the fate of others? These questions are discussed in a clear, calm manner. Lourenzo text Enjamio illus. Everyone who hears about them imagines something different and pictures in his mind the most amazing creatures, though in reality the beasts are simple, harmless commonor- garden animals.

The idea of cutting up and putting syllables back together again is matched in the typography of the lively color pictures: the illustrator uses the collage technique to visually interpret this rhymed text. Xerais, Captain Ro and Tomcat Bo try to trick him out of the treasure but land instead in the scoundrel's stomach. There they would be stuck forever after if the Great Thunderer did not suddenly feel terrible stomach pains and unbearable flatulence This humorous tale is illustrated with unusual and very lively pictures.

The figures, with their grotesque features and gestures, are portrayed against nearly monochromic, empty backgrounds; spindly, extenuated arms and legs stick out of baggy, puffed-out clothes. The funny observations of and commentaries on everyday life derive their humorous potential from the apparently naive perspective of the protagonist, who nevertheless is endowed with shrewdness and a good dose of sarcasm.

Columbeta, la isla libro Columbeta, the book island Catalan orig. ISBN Bestiary - Alphabet - Island The origins of the island Columbeta's animal world go back to the day when letters, who had fled a maths book, hid in the entries of an encyclopedia on animals. These absurd animal portraits display much imagination and linguistic wit. Lavish, decorative illustrations, in which colours and geometric shapes combine to form artistic patterns, capture the fairy-tale-like fantastic nature of this quaint animal world.

Telmo is also on a secret mission: He is to find out about the underlying reason of this strange construction. When it turns out that the monstrous temple is to enable the return of Lucifer, whom the commissioners want to be their leader in the battle of Armageddon, the race against time begins. The narrative flows easily, while the suspense is sustained until the very end.

Mentiras de verdad True lies Catalan orig. His enquiries lead to an unexpected discovery and hold the mirror to the indignant but also selfrighteous Pep: Just like his father, he entagles himself in lies when he attempts to impress his fellow student Julia. This multi-layered, gripping novel, crafted like a detective story, explores the question of the motivations for lying. The wellknown Catalan author succeeds in describing the moods, feelings, fears, desires and anxieties of the characters with a keen sense of observation, while evoking an engaging portrait of the era.

The speechlessness, the contorsions and tabus in Pepe's family reflect the restrictive, petty-bourgeois and decrepit nature of the Franco-regime, that penetrated all walks of life. Jacob's trail - Quest for identity Abram is tortured with feelings of guilt, because he thinks he may be partly responsible for the suicide of Lisa, his friend. To find answers to his questions, he goes on the St. Jacob's pilgrims' trail. He is pursued by Lisa's flat mate, Tim, who considers him Lisa's murderer, and he is shadowed by the police. But along the way, he also comes upon people like French Marion or the German Jewish young woman Alma, who fascinates him and whom he falls in love with.

Through the different, psychologically convincing characters, this suspenseful and touching novel explores the fundamental question of the meaning of human existence. Noche de Reyes Epiphany Catalan orig. He only wanted to deliver a present in time for Epiphany in Spain, but at the borders of Europe he finds himself black face to white face with rough border police officers, who refuse him the entry permit.

How he finally does reach his destination, how his camel is deported from the noparking space on the way, and how he is confronted with racist attacks — all this is related in this intelligent picture book for children and adults. Witty parodies and simple devices unmask racism and xenophobia. But instead, he suddenly engages in battle with a mouse who creates havock in his house.

With the assistance of fellow- hunters flown in from Africa, he succeeds in cornering the animal, but the struggle against the unequal opponent turns him into an animal lover. The entertaining, fast-paced story is told with slap-stick humour. The comedy is equally evident in the crazy, cartoon-like illustrations that parody familiar stereotypes with grotesque exaggeration. A radio presenter questions the sense of his work, and, to overcome this crisis, he secretely starts a nocturnal feature on philosophical themes, inviting listeners to participate.

When a concerned husband and father complains to the station, because he doesn't want his family spending the nights philosophising around the radio, it all comes out and the presenter is sent to prison. He suspects that he was really imprisoned for inspiring people to think for themselves. The book takes the reader into the world of philosophy with wit, humour and lightness.

Juma i el diamant Juma and the diamond Barcelona : Ed. Following his escape, he meets other children, and one after another they join him in his quest for freedom. Finally, they are a group of six, and together, they struggle for survival, always hoping to see their families and homes again. Told from the perspective of children and their experiences, the misery and violence e.

The story is realistic and never sensational. On the contrary, it gives a differentiated account of the social situation and develops a strong cast of individual characters. ISBN x Spanish ed. A short appendix provides further information. Despite these informations, this book is first and foremost an imaginative picture book, heedlessly anthropomorphising the world of the bees. This is most evident in the brightly coloured, cheerful and wild illustrations.

They show, for example, a bee swinging a broom or transporting construction material on a truck. This book is an unusual cross-over between the picture story- and reference book. Barcelona : LaGalera [et al. ISBN The imaginative story is complemented by lively and dynamic cartoonstyle colour-illustrations.

Some very original double-page illustrations with flabs folding upwards! Moldes, an ambitious psychiatrist, treats autistic Laura, who suffers from memory gaps and fits of fear. The reader learns from Moldes' report, interspersed with written notes by Laura, how Laura's memories are retrieved piece by piece. Because of that, both patient and doctor are confronted with a terrifying reality.

The award-winning author's gripping, yet rather unpretentious narrative shows elements of the psychological thriller. It poses the question about the whence of human anxieties: are they generated by our own psyche or do they have real, external causes? Olmos, Roger illus. A bad conscience and fear follow, but too late: In the dark of the night, the angry wolf comes down the chimney. The story's grotesque humour and its unrelentingly rising tension are congenially captured by the double-spread illustrations.

They are funny, wild, vivid, and excessive.

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Rich colours, daring perspectives, and the play with light and shadow heighten the dynamic effect. Dumas, Oliveiro illus. Korbes and other Grimm tales Valencia : Media Vaca, Never heard of it? Then pick up this anthology of rather unknown treasures from the Grimm fairytales, and get to meet an artist who has illustrated these tales in an exceptionally witty, unconventional way. A few years ago, the publishing house Media Vaca started producing a small, fine series with new and newly discovered texts, high-quality illustrations, and aesthetic, bibliophile design.

Buy, read, and hold on to it! Using this event as his point of departure, the author, well-known for his adult fiction, has created a highly entertaining novel, ingeniously intertwining fact and fiction. The story follows the further fate of Lampe, who had endured his eccentric master for decades; embittered by his dismissal, he now nourishes feelings of vengeance against his successor. Una miga de pan A bread-crumb Madrid : Ed. Following this sad but beautiful and touching beginning, a tale full of unsuspected turns unfolds — a literary surprise packet somewhere between fable and fairytale.

It is a story about the conflict between love and hate and about humans, who fight for one or the other side. Keeping in line with the previous books by the well-known author, the narrative is powerful and emotional. A dialogue without words unfolds, sustained by mutual affection and the longing for freedom. Related with great empathy, this father-son story has found an unusual and expressive way to open a new perspective on the troublesome relations between majority populations and their disdained minorities. Hasta casi bichos [Almost] beasts Madrid : Anaya, ISBN Animals This highly amusing and imaginative bestiary features almost entries in alphabetical order.

The literary Noah's Ark is populated by a beastly lot of peculiar and unexpected species: Just when the animals start looking familiar, puns, surreal connotations and nonsense distort them. This delightful book is sure to captivate its readers with its spirited, light-hearted, and playful language. The small-format illustrations in different shades of brown at the beginning of each story perfectly complement this bestial collection of curious creatures.

Elefante txori-bihotza An elephant with a bird's heart Bilbo : Anaya Haritza, Even though the project can hardly be said to be crowned by success, it nevertheless teaches the teacher a surprising lesson: At first sight, elephants may look alike; they are, however, endowed with highly individual characters: with tiger-, ant-, and monkey-hearts, or even, like the charming elephant lady Kikunga, with a bird's heart.

The story, brimming with imagination and pleasant absurdity, is accompanied by watercoloured line-drawings that underscore the peculiar humour of the text. He studies History and jobs part-time as a baby-sitter when the parents' stop to give him financial support. The author relates the protagonist's process of emancipation and reaching maturity with humour and ease. His concise rendering of character is excellent and reveals deep psychological insight.

Hello, Mr. Barcelona : Serres, She approaches the works of art with her naturalness and presents them to the reader from her own perspective. She, in turn, is amused, surprised, or perplexed by the individual works. Secrets de la selva fosca Secrets of the dark forest Barcelona : Ed. Miguel, the protagonist, pictures himself and his parents surviving the dangers and surprises of a unique jungle. He is impressed that his father rides a four-wheel stallion to the palace every day, where he creates mountains of delicious cakes.

And he admires his mother, who, every morning, tames a sub-terranean irondragon that winds its way through the underworld. The short, entertaining text is accompanied by many colour illustrations that creatively explore the gap between reality and imagination. Paxaros de papel Paper birds Vigo : Xerais, The island, a happy counter-world, is populated by an infinite variety of birds glistening in all colours imaginable. The birds, however, are not happy in their paradise.

They, too, want to go out into the world to see and experience something new and different, such as grey things, black things, or cities. The boy takes the birds on a journey through his reality, which in turn seems fascinating to them. The special charm of this book about the appeal of the exotic and the desire for diversity lies in the partly surreal and symbolic pictures. They glow with suggestive colours and invite readers to dream and to invent their own stories.

Costa oeste ; 26 ISBN Family — Family conflict — Class society This novel in the style of a family saga unfolds in fictive, yet typical and well observed settings along the Galician coast. The narrative is centred on an old and respected aristocratic family; for generations, they have played a priviledged role in the region while living practically cut off from the rest of society. Despite all the pomp and ceremony, they cannot longer maintain the pretence; the family witnesses its own irredeemable decline. With beautiful, plain words, the author draws the portrait of a hermetic society still under the spell of days gone by and cruelly confronted with the realities of a changing world.

O barco de vapor : Serie azul ; 15 ISBN x Friendship — Imagination — Creativity Chinto and Tom — brothers, friends, or possibly even a couple — have inherited a bed and a piece of land in an idyllic area. With great enthusiasm, they start building a cosy home, in which they plan to live together in peace and harmony. Once the new home is built, they realise the bed doesn't fit through the door.

Because the bed is indispensable — but, unfortunately, cannot be taken apart — inventiveness is called for The story, told with a great deal of sympathy for the protagonists, is full of imaginative, absurd, and surreal ideas, lending the book vitality and lightheartedness.

The simple, humorous, and, at the same time, poetic language adds another wonderful touch. When the year-old boy is kidnapped and taken to a guerilla camp in the rain forest, he suddenly sees himself confronted with the violence reigning in the civil war-torn country. Faced with this extreme situation, Ismael grows more mature and develops a different perception of his problems with his family and his life in the European consumer society.

The first-person-narrator relates his experiences with realism and in a direct, humorous, sometimes sarcastic colloquial tone. This narrative approach makes for a convincingly authentic psychological portrait of a boy seeking orientation. Spain Spanish - - Ferrer, Vicente ed. Media vaca ; 11 ISBN Dictionary — Encyclopaedia artists from 20 countries were invited to illustrate a word of their choice; they were free to associate but limited to only two colours. Furthermore, they were asked to take their favourite definition from a dictionary or encyclopaedia.

On the other hand, it is an exciting compendium demonstrating the rich diversity of the international art of illustrating. A superb, varied enjoyment for young and adult readers! Overwhelmed by his thirst for revenge, he has to go into exile. The suspenseful novel combines many elements and devices of traditional oriental narratives, while the nuanced psychological portrayal of the characters adds a modern and realistic touch.

Despite the geographical and cultural distance of the subject, the reader is quickly captured by the imaginative plot and by the poetic language. A lot of the texts discuss the possibilities of storytelling itself, which are boundless — as long as you have the necessary imagination and talent to spin a yarn.

This volume is a very good example for that. Periscopio ; 96 ISBN Puberty — Search for identity — Group — Outsider year-old Fran is shocked and confused when he sees his school friends returning from their summer holidays with lower voices, peach fuzz, and some centimetres taller than him. Because they are suddenly interested in girls while he still prefers to play football, he is terrified by the thought of becoming an outsider.

The fast paced novel follows Fran, who — in his desperate urge for recognition — increasingly entangles himself in a self-wrought net of white lies. The author relates the experiences and emotions of boys on the threshold between childhood and adolescence, plagued by insecurity and complexes, with realism and many comic situations and punch-lines.

The father no longer lives with the family, his sister Clara suffers from a disease of the lungs, and the mother has many worries. To make matters worse, they have moved and the boy has to get used to a new life in a small apartment in the big city. In a clear, subdued, calm tone and great sensitivity, Antonio Ventura depicts ordinary everyday life things and situations of a childhood dating back a few decades.

It is his almost tender, poetical eye for seemingly insignificant details, which makes this book attractive to children and adults alike. Every night, someone new joins the group: The stories, all centered around friendship, love, and companionship, are continued and complemented with new details. The authors have successfully combined the short stories and the narrative frame to create a very readable book.

The readers will be delighted to join in the circle of unconventional storytellers in their unexpectedl setting. More music, master! Barcelona : La Galera, LaGalera grumets ; ISBN Music — Musical instrument This anthology of poems resounds with music, or: with sounds and noises produced by musical instruments. Beginning with the organ, the trumpet and accordeon and ending with the lyre, twenty instruments introduce themselves in short, rhymed self-presentations, which relate the characteristics and sounds of each instrument. Rich in puns, ambiguities, tongue-twisters and onomatopoeias, this literary lyrical concert will inspire the reader to join in the art of rhyming.

In a small town, the school teacher Stuart Ney leads an unobtrusive and reclusive life. A severe conflict arises when Ney wants to educate a black slave and thereby confronts the laws of the state with the French ideals of Liberty and Equality. Masterfully interweaving historical facts and fiction, Mata gives an authentic panoramic view of the times and a compelling portrait of a fascinating personality, whose death in by shooting from a firing squad in Paris was time and again put into question.

A casa da duna The house in the dunes Vigo : Ed. Every day, she goes outside to meet the ever changing nature which always has new surprises in store for her and her friend, the tom-cat Bicos. The author, well known for his poetry, has transposed the experiences of the child into a lyrical text, which perfectly harmonises with the expressive, dreamy photographs. A world full of fantastical references is reflected in the depicted things of the real world. Taking their lead from different verbs, they explore fundamental themes of human existance: to love, grow up, grow old, die, travel etc.

From the first page onwards, the texts are characterised by a restrained, reflective tone. The book is an ode to life as well as a reflection of themes like sadness, injustice, or social responsibility. The accompanying illustrations resonate with the tender tone of the poems. Pontevedra : Kalandraka, Her brother Daniel sets out to search for it and asks various animals along the way for advice. In vain, until he finally finds the key to the lost laughter in form of a feather belonging to a wise owl, who sees the world from above and knows the secrets of the night.

The sparse, rhythmic text, perfectly suited for reading-out-loud, is beautifully illustrated. The expressive full-spread pictures interpret the story with great imagination and fascinate with their radiant, nuanced colour spectrum. Equally remarkable is the use of pasty colours, which add a variety of different textures to the pictures.

Looking back, the now grownup first-person narrator relates how he was uprooted from his familiar surroundings, tried to make the foreign country his home, and was again uprooted, losing his first love, when the family returned to their old, almost forgotten home country.

This story convincingly describes the scars that such events can leave and the conflict between the children who long for integration and the adults who often partly intentionally, partly accidentally fail to to gain a foothold. Spain Spanish - - Gasol, Anna ed. B, ISBN Fable For this beautifully designed collection, fables from different sources were gathered, retold and arranged into thematic groups. Roger Olmos has created powerful unconventional colour illustrations that perfectly complement the texts.

His animals, landscapes, and objects with strangely distorted proportions add a unique, expressive, sometimes even mysterious note to the fables. Because of a lung disease, Bachir is confined to his tent; the sounds and noises coming through the thin walls are his only connection to the outside world.

His illness is like a prison that also inhibits his inner development. But when Jamida enters into his life, the boy finally gains new hope. Thanks to the old man, who is invisible to the boy, Bachir and the readers learn about the history of his people and the distant world of the stars. Sombras de manos Shadow games Madrid : Anaya, Olga and her parents bring to life various characters on the wall: fleeting shadow creatures that inspire the imagination of both performers and audience. The simple, subdued text is perfectly complemented by the illustrations. The artist sets her doll-like protagonists off against empty black or white backgrounds.

Earthy colours and soft round forms create an intriguing contrast to the stark outlines of the poses seemingly frozen in time and space. Les cuques ballaruques The dancing fireflies Barcelona : Ed. Completely annoyed, the other animals decide to defend themselves against this disturbance and teach their noisy neighbours a lesson. Antoni Dalmases makes his animals act exactly like humans: They argue and quarrel, search for solutions, and arrive at decisions.

The beautiful rhymed texts full of wit and puns emphasise the necessity of respecting others despite their otherness and of trying to live together peacefully. The bold colour illustrations aptly reflect the sound of the rhymes and perfectly translate them into partly affectionate partly aggressive pictures. But this white place is definitely too cold for him.

Therefore, he moves on to the dry yellow desert, to the humid green jungle, and then on to the blue sea This entertaining chain story offers simple terms and concepts that pre-school readers can easily understand. Repeating single sentences over and over again, the protagonist arrives at the various places with their contrasting colours and characteristics.

The text is accompanied by innovative abstract characters that are very different from the realistic representations commonly used for readers of this age. And what are happiness, curiosity, shame, doubt, and stubbornness? The Catalan illustrator Montse Gisbert has created a kind of encyclopaedic picture book for small readers.

Each double-page spread of the small square book offers a short text complemented by humorous and poetic pictures in delicate pastel colours that aptly illustrate the situations described. El faedor de mentides The inventor of lies Barcelona : Ed. Barcanova, Naturally, nobody in the hospital his father is admitted to believes him. Since his father is unconscious, the nurses ask Alexandre to tell them his real name so that they can inform the relatives.

This novel comprises a web of interwoven chapters in which various characters tell their version of the story in the first-person. The author treats the topic of first sexual experiences in a very casual and humorous manner. O barco de vapor ; 27 ISBN Poverty — Beggar — Indifference — Exclusion — Friendship One day, Raquel looks out the window and sees a poorly dressed man with a tin and a cardboard sign sitting in front of the department store opposite her house. People simply walk by, and except for a few children no one seems to notice him.

This leads the girl to conclude that the man must be invisible and decides to find out his secret. In his characteristic calm and simple voice, the well-known Galician author tells a gripping novel of people who live on the margins of our often indifferent and consumerist society. Spain Galician - - Mejuto, Eva adapt. Manero, Elia illus. O zapateiro e os trasnos The shoemaker and the elves Pontevedra : Kalandraka, From this day on, this curious event keeps repeating itself without fail — until the two people are overcome by curiosity and surprise their little helpers.

Eva Mejuto recounts this popular folk tale with a great sense of humour. For many years, Sandra Arenal from Mexico desperately fought for the rights of working children. One of the numerous results of her commitment is this collection of texts based on interviews with underage workers. These children between the age of 6 and 16, who live in Monterrey in Northern Mexico, talk about their work, their lives, their dreams, and their disappointments in an open, laconic way — some are full of illusions while others have completely lost theirs.

Twelve years after its first publication in Mexico, these authentic reports are just as important and topical as they were then. The black-and-white-and-red wood cuts that the Argentinean artist Mariana Chiesa has created especially for this new edition are equally impressive. Full of strength and expressiveness, they are the perfect addition to these powerful texts. Both the various characters and life in a detention centre are exceedingly well portrayed. Tres cuentos de hadas Three fairy tales Madrid : Ed.

One characteristic example is the tale about a forest fairy that takes possession of the soul of a dead girl. The author has taken the few indisputable facts available as his starting point for this novel. Through her diary, which was allegedly found in her coffin, Bianca directly addresses the readers, telling them about her life in the golden cage and her unhappiness in love. In this exceptional book, the fictional elements and the carefully researched and vividly described historical context are interwoven in a superb way.

Another outstanding quality of this novel is its rich multi-faceted language. No hay nada como el original There is nothing like the original Barcelona : Destino, Yet, what if the lovely homunculi decide to start a rebellion? What if Mum cannot tell the original from the copies anymore? In a witty and refreshingly non-didactical way, the text and illustrations of this very original picture book play with wishes and fears that are familiar to many children of our time. Dos lobos blancos Two white wolves Zaragoza : Edelvives, ISBN Winter — Wolf — Help A starry winter night; snow-covered woods and mountains; two wolves following the call of a wounded female companion.

Readers can actually feel the impenetrable depth of the black-green night sky, the pale-grey coldness of the dawn, and the quiet loneliness of the forest in this exquisite picture book. ISBN Spanish ed. One of the most original examples of these is this witty non-fiction book designed — quite appropriately — in collage technique. Periscopi ; 69 ISBN Terrorism — Disabled person A journalist and a police officer form a powerful team for solving a mysterious criminal case.

When several people go missing and the graffito of an owl appears in the very places where these people were last seen, the two of them start their investigation and end up in the sewers below the metropolis of Barcelona. In there, they uncover the preparations for a terrible attack. This fast-paced, ironical version of a familiar tale is a great read, already suitable for beginning readers.

Xabier Docampo recounts this weightless story in a condensed, highly poetical language. The text is accompanied by equally lyrical pictures in warm colours and delicate shapes. This gripping adventure novel combines epic and fantastic elements and leads the readers into a distant mystical past when magic was of vital importance for people. What do sheep count to fall asleep? Vigo : Galaxia, Not likely! Since no one in her flock comes up with a satisfying answer, Bee sets out to ask some other animals; yet, their comments are not particularly helpful either.

However, the very moment that Bee is far too tired and exhausted to go on enquiring further about this big question, the secret is suddenly unravelled. Told in the form of a chain fairy tale, this humorous story for young readers keeps building up tension until the very end. The imaginative illustrations were created in a very original montage technique. Gran angular; ISBN Crime Identity — Camouflage Santiago, an intern at a newspaper in Buenos Aires, gets drawn into a dangerous criminal case becoming a pawn in an obscure and confusing game.

Unintentionally, the young man turns into an accomplice in a sophistically staged, risky game, in which changing identities play a central role. Not only Santiago and other protagonists, but readers as well are thrown off the track by cleverly prepared red herrings. The Argentinean author skilfully juggles the various possibilities offered by the genre of crime fiction, playing with the tradition of storytelling and blurring the line between reality and fiction.

This is a witty book about the everyday life of an eleven-year-old and his difficulties in coping with his wounded manliness. It is an original and entertaining effort to poke fun at the role models already established in the minds of children. Barcelona: El Arca de Junior, This is also true for a cat who is disturbed by an ordinary housefly while occuppied with her peaceful do-nothing.

While her companion sleeps on calmly, this cat lives through an acoustic nightmare that nearly drives her crazy. Gabriela Rubio uses elements of comic strips and skillfully employs typography as a means of design and narration. Her witty picture book comes alive through the colored drawings and the considerable dynamic which makes the portrayal nearly grotesque. Who likes old people anyway? Zaragoza: Vives, This would be nothing special except that they are not youngsters anymore. When Evaristo is finally ready to confess his love to Violeta, her niece Josefina goes to all extremes to prevent Violeta from learning that Evaristo wants to marry her.

Until the happy end finally arrives, the unsuspecting Violeta is just a pawn in the hands of Josefina, who strives above all to protect her inheritance. Although this entertaining and sometimes even suspenseful and touching story tends at times to be a little too black-and-white, it convicingly conveys the idea that falling in love is something quite natural and can happen to anyone at any time in life. Spain Spanish - - Davi i. Historias de soles Stories of suns Barcelona: Destino, In short episodes and events we encounter such strange species as the spaghetti sun or the pirate sun and learn about its everyday routines, the differences between the sun that rises over the mountains and the sun that rises over the ocean.

With humor, poetic charm and witty, absurd wordplay the text takes aim at various stereotypes and platitudes - which may not always be readily understood by the very young readers. The text finds a congenial match in the line drawings which are touched in warm colors and seem just dashed off. Hamburguesa de mamut. The history of human nutrition Madrid: Ediciones de la Torre, It takes into consideration everything from the menus of our Stone Age ancestors to our present-day eating habits.

Along with the historical developments there is also information about habits determined by climate or culture and practical tips for a balanced diet. Humorous color illustrations round out this informative book. In order to answer this important question about his future, Little Wind travels around the world, meeting with others like himself who already have very different occupations, such as the hardworking Mill Wind or the destructive Violent Wind.

Little Wind is at a loss, because none of those jobs interest him. But finally he finds the right profession as Park Wind that lets kites fly and helps birds to fly. In a simple style this story makes clear that every individal has his or her own ablities; every activity isvaluable and most important of all is that it is satisfying. After his mother dies, he travels to that country, already torn by Civil War, to find his father who is fighting on the side of Pancho Villa, the revolutionary.

Salvador then returns to Spain. The novel is absolutely gripping and skilfully interweaves the adventures o a fictitious hero in the process of growing up with historical events. The real protagonist of the book is war itself. As a representative of other civil wars, it is clearly portrayed as merciless cruelty that stops for nothing and no one.

War is like a game of chance in which survival is only an accident, and life worth nothing. People are shot without hesitation, hung up or cruelly mistreated. All this is depicted very realistically, direct and without any filters, from the not yet warped perspective of the newcomer, Salvador. The novel does not moralize and yet it is deeply moral, since the images speak for themselves, making any commentary superfluous. Cuando las panteras no eran negras When the panthers were not yet black Madrid: Siruela, The author poses the thesis that independence and the desire to overcome boundaries are superior to a desire for security and the fearful clinging to everything familiar.

The precise and intense descriptions of nature and sometimes surprsing applications of huan parameters to the animal kingdom make fascinating reading. Yet the novel provokes protest in as much as by making animals think as humans it suggests that the law of the jungle, Darwin's principle of the survival of the fittest, is also a determinant for human life.

And it is not easy to get along with her mother, who has gotten heavily involved in her profession since the divorce from Lili's father. When Lili is the only one to appear in the classroom without a costume on the day before Mardi Gras, she is suddenly the center of attention - and is all the more so when she is the only one to appear in costume on the following day. The teachers accuse her of being defiant and insubordinate, but for Lili it is the way she takes to strengthen her self-confidence nd define her own personality.

The story describes very exactly and sensitively the feelings of children who have to deal with their surroundings and their role as an outsider. The involuntary neighbors are united in their mutual distaste and a jealousy based on the other's differentness. It is finally the wind which must blow for hundreds of years in order to bring the two together before they discover with amazement that they are made of the same material.

The forms seem t recede into blurs, only hinted at in the earth-tone pictures. Some objects are given only an abstract representation, as for example time, which is represented by little grey rectangles. Las aventuras de Rosa de los Vientos y Perico el de los Palotes. A novel in eight and a half stories Barcelona: Arca, In the course of their travels they encounter foreign societies, bizarre rulers and puffed-up scholars. In the end they return to their own country, which they had once saved from the expansionst efforts of their king.

By looking in from the outside, it is possible to criticize the authorities and the deficiencies of human society. Spain Catalan - - Duran, Teresa text Max illus. What's for supper? Barcelona: Publ. But all of the chickens which might be eligible for this meal are warned by the suspicious rooster, Kocatasca, and flee the castle in a panic. When the enraged Popov sets off to hunt down Kocatasca instead, he quite accidentally defeats a dangerous dragon.

As a result, various dragon dishes can be served and the poultry is saved.

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This humorous story, the first in a new series, is accompanied by comic-like pictures which give excellent expression to the pace and grotesqeness of the text. Infante, Francesc illus. El nan belluguet Rumpelstiltskin Barcelona: La Galera, Francesc Infante, winner of Spain's Premio Nacional, has created the illustrations in his characteristic style.

Brownish tones predominate, figures and backgrounds are abstract and stylized, the shapes are often noticealy geometric, ad through the distortin of porportion and perspe-tives the portrayals are especially expressive. Spain Galician - - Docampo, Xabier P. Cando petan na porta pola noite Knocks on the door at night Vigo: Ed. Xerais de Galicia, In each one the main protagonists gets tangled up in a situation which he doesn't understand and cannot escape: a man who encounters his doppelganger or another man who is given notice of his departure from this life in the form of an obituary notice.

Xabier Docampo weaves the traditional literary elements of his native Galicia into his idiosyncratic stories. He was awarded the Spanish natonal literary prize for ths work. Espasa Juvenil; 25 ISBN Cow - Pasture - Country life A herd of wayward cows romps about the pastures of the farmer Adolfo, their eccentricity giving him all kinds of trouble and keeping the entire village on edge. In eleven episodes Consuelo Armijo describes the richly varied lives of these cows - such as an encounter with a conceited breeding bull imported from Holland, or their identity problems such as when one considers itself to be a bird, while another takes itself for a monkey.

Altogether they lead a paradisical life that is then only be surpassed in the real bovine heaven. Armijo endows this absurd, witty and grotesque fairy tale-like story with a fast rhythm, corresponding to the fast tempo of her protagonists' escapades. The continuous use of the future tense seems at first glance peculiar, but is quite in keeping with the pleasures of creative storytelling, with all its speculation and disregard for plausibility.

At first convinced of the noble cause of this war, he becomes disillusioned by its brutality, treachery, intrigues, and the vain ambitiousness of the military leaders. A mixture of historical fiction and crime story, this novel shows the dubious nature of war and reveals the powerlessness and often accidental involvement of individuals.

SM, Her tale is a mixture of adventure, fairy tale, science fiction and coming-of-age story, making it an unusual tale in which places and people have a metamorphic significance. Hence Ulaluna's story is above all a journey through the basic patterns of lives and customs in human society. Everest, The sleeves, for instance, are caves for bewitched frogs, the collar protects him from blood-thirsty vampires. The coat, a symbol of the desire for security and familiar things, also represents the power of childlike imagination.

The spacious, open illustrations in soft, flowing colors leave much room for the beholder's imagination. Flor Huanaco, on the run from a cocain boss, finds a job as household helper with the family of Pablo, a boy who is highly gifted but emotionally immature. Then she is tracked down by the contract killer Luna. How Flor and Pablo save their own lives - with Luna's unexpected help - is told from different perspectives in this well-structured thriller.

At another level it also describes how Pablo overcomes his personal difficulties. Un problema de narices A nose problem Madrid: Anaya, The holiday mood is dampened only by the continuous fighting between two unlike sisters, Ingrid and Gina. Although Ingrid is constantly given special favors by her parents, she likes to humiliate her sister at every opportunity.

With a sure feeling for characters, situations, and dialogues, Ribera develops a well-paced and humorous story that convincingly captures the jealous power conflict between the two girls. Cuentecillos y otras alteraciones Mini-stories and other disturbances Madrid: Ediciones de la Torre, Unconventional turns of phrase stimulate the reader to ponder the story and how it could be continued. Drawings of Felipe, a friend of the famous cartoon-hero Mafalda, accompany the texts. The preface explains that Jorge Timossi continues here a long tradition of Spanish short prose.

In a very pleasing literary style she tells six of her own new tales about kings, poor wretches, witches and gnomes. The story which gives the book its title describes a white lady who turns people to ice statues by looking at them, while another tale deals with the last, lonesome giant who would like to marry again. A glossary at the end explains the Majorcan terms. But his aversion is soon forgotten because her stories are not so uninteresting after all. And furthermore Bernat reinvents a different ending for each story, because his is never satisfied with them.

This book captivates the reader with its imaginative tales in the tradition of Gianni Rodari and the use of an entertaining frame story, in which the potential and fascination of storytelling become clear. Spain Catalan - - Piquer, Eva text Gallardo illus. La noia del temps The weather girl Barcelona: Ed. This fantasy story is interwoven with realistic aspects in the life of the thirteen-year old girl, her relationship with her widowed mother, everyday life at home, at school, with her friends, and how she deals with the first signs of puberty.

Realistic and phantastic passages flow together seamlessly to form a a fast-paced, witty story. A motley queue of people, a clock, a funnel-shaped loudspeaker. Not much, but enough to set the imagination of the beholder in motion. The art of reduction and allusion is characteristic for the texts of this multifaceted poetry book. The rhymed riddles, magic formulas, shortest-of-all poems, calligrams and much more are full of fantastic, imaginative wit and a feeling for language. Equally original and at times grotesque, the drawings round-out this enjoyable book.

Marriage forbidden, Papa! Vigo: Galaxia, So she is most unhappy that he has found a new girlfriend, Berta. Lying in hospital for an appendectomy, she has much time to think about her life up to now, the new situation, and her total antipathy for Berta. Alternating between Elia's first-person perspective and the occasional, more neutral third-person observations, Fina Casalderrey develops a realistic, convincing picture of the emotional world of her young protagonist.

Siruela, This is a country consisting of 26 islands, each named after a letter in the alphabet, and is ruled by the slightly despotic King AyZee. With this monarch, who gladly shows her his whole kingdom, Marisol is able to conduct witty, sometimes absurd, sometimes sophisticated conversations. This easy-to-understand and sensitive text with color illustrations is an inquiry - using stars as an example - into existential questions and the meaning of life and underscores the value of every individual being.

What Peregrina's fate is, is found out in the end, as a bright star comes to shine over a small village named Bethlehem. His mother has been asked to deliver an ominous-looking blue packet from Spain to a long-lost man whom she was once in love with, during their youthful years in Spain. Maillines is a slumbering, secluded place, a world of its own that follows its own slow rhythm of life and time. Maillines becomes the symbol for homeland, meeting and parting, hoping and waiting.

Los piratas ISBN Naivity - Curiosity - Philosophy of life Children are hungry for knowledge, they observe our world with their own eyes and are interested both in the big questions and the little details of life. Why don't we walk on four legs? Why do I get goosebumps? Or even: where was I before I was born? On each double-spread of this picture book one such question is posed. Each question stands alone, but together they give an entertaining and profound insight into the way children think. Espasa juvenil ; 55 ISBN Animals - Difference - Search for identity A curious, adventurous little animal sets out alone, leaving parents and familiar territory behind it, in order to discover the world.

On its random course it encounters a wide variety of animals who all make fun of the naive stranger. For the frog its eyes are too big, for the snake, its legs too long, for the ant it is much too large. And on top of that they all want to know: who are you? This becomes clear in the end: a paranguaricutirimicuaro - although this name gives rise to even more questions. The diversity of the animal world and the search for one's own identity are the themes of this amusing and accessible story. Las mil caras del Diablo. Cuentos, leyendas y tradiciones The thousand faces of the devil.

Folktales, legends and traditions Barcelona: Ed. Juventud, The result is an interesting mixture, that enables a multi-faceted view at a well-known, many-sided character. Using a thematic approach - such as the origins of the devil or the classical motif of the devil's pact - the author offers interesting connections. Initial vignettes, black-and-white and some color illustrations, as well as an extensive list of sources and secondary literature round out this exemplary book. El cuerno de Maltea Maltea's horn Madrid: Alfaguara, The crass adjustments from provincial life in the country to life in the big city are further exacerbated by the fact that the boy had insisted on bringing his goat Maltea with them.

Maltea gets loose and causes various upsets, is taken for an incarnation of the devil and in the end must play with its life on account of human superstition and of being alien and intolerably disruptive to city life. Told from Lulino's naive, at times almost picaresque point of view, this is a colorful, humorous story with a sense for situational comic.

Paralelo Cero ; 22 ISBN Chiapas Mexico - Aborigines - Oppression - Social Conflict - Photographer - Suicide The younger brother of a Spanish photographer wants to find out why his brother chose to commit suicide, even though he had received an important prize for the publication of a photo of a massacre in the Mexican state of Chiapas only a short time before. The question leads him to the center of the conflict, the jungle of Lacandona. This suspenseful, ficticious story by one of today's most widely read young adult writers in Spain is based on the real suicide case of a photojournalist.

The book not only sheds light on the background of this socio-political conflict but also shows clearly the implications of journalism. What happens in the time between her arrival and that of her boyfriend can hardly be summarized in this short space because this fastpaced narrative is so absurd and grotesque. All in all a rather unspectacular story but it provokes laughter again and again. The author has a masterful way with words and a conspicuous talent for unconventional, spontaneous, and imaginative ideas. Jo vinc de tot arreu Ostelinda. I come from everywhere Barcelona: Galera, LaGalera jo vinc de A notable feature of this book is that the girl belongs to the Roma, a people who are at home in many countries and are often marginalized and stigmatized.

This book deserves praise in particular for showing clearly that Ostelinda is above all a child like any other. Spain Catalan - - Parra, Ivan Hola diari! Hello, diary! Barcelona: Ed. L'esparver jove ; 2 ISBN x Adolescence - Everyday life - Growing up - First love - Diary During his summer holiday fourteen-year old Daniel writes in his diary, because he enjoys writing and because he wants hold on to his experiences for himself and others.

Daniel tells about typical occurences in the daily life of an adolescent: family, first love, get togethers and minor adventures that are part of growing up. This is done energetically in an humorous, entertaining manner. The book is strongly autobiographical, since the author is only sixteen-years old. Wars, plagues, conquests, rampages are a continual threat to mankind when the young monk Michel saves a mysterious pergament manuscript from his burned down monastery in the year It contains gloomy prophecies which anticipate the end of the world if the so-called three axes of the time wheel could not be fitted together.


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Only this would enable mankind to live another thousand years. In his battle against time the monk travels throughout Europe with the juggler Mattius. Jaime struggles on alone. And the moral of the story? Life is a game in which one either wins or loses. Las tres edades ; 68 ISBN Shop - Language - Word-play The history teacher Carlos finds himself in a peculiar kind of shop that offers none of the usual kind of wares, but only words.

At each of his visits he delves ever deeper into the fascinating world of language: its history, disappeared or not yet invented words, the endless possibilities of fantastic word-games are presented to him. All this occurs not in a dry and theoretical manner, but imbedded in a story that encourages the readers' creativity. This title is yet another example of the internationally successful trend that began with J. The blind man, who in the end is killed by a subway-train, turns out in retrospect to have been his father, an actor, who had been leading a double life parallel to his family life for a long time.

This intellectually challenging story is a kind of Entwicklungsroman in which the narrator looks back twenty years later at this episode in his life that helped him grow into adulthood. On the other hand the book is also a hymn to literature and the love of reading. Destino, ISBN Appearance - Dissatisfaction - Identity search Actually Sara is quite satisfied with herself and doesn't give a darn about her appearance.

There are more important things in life. But when she has her picture taken in a camera booth, she is suddenly plagued with doubts. Aren't the others much prettier than she is? Wouldn't it be nice to look different? A fairy fulfills her wish and causes confuses Sara's feelings for the rest of the day. In the end she is quite happy to be herself again.

This story about wishing to be someone else is illustrated by Gabriela Rubio with very expressive, wild pictures. In the strong energetic brush strokes, the reader recognizes the personality and the imaginative powers of this willful, fantasy-loving protagonist. Spain Catalan - - Ballester, Arnal illus.

No tinc paraules I have no words Valencia: Media Vaca, Media Vaca ; 1 ISBN Ship - Imaginary journey - Circus With the very first volume of an ambitious new series of children's and young adult books the Media Vaca publishing house presents one of the most renown Spanish illustrators with a book that is additionally remarkable for the courage it took to complete it - for it is a book that goes against the expectations of the reader. Even through the pictures the loosely knit storyline about a dreamlike fantasy journey on an ocean liner is only vaguely understandable. Most of the pictures in red, black and white - with red as a primary background color are surrealistic circus scenes done in Ballester's extremely graphic style.

Each one stands alone - with no immediate neighbor - autonomous. Thus the viewer can read each one in its own right, engaging in free association, fantasizing one's own story. Spain Catalan - - Canela, Montserrat text Max illus. Ioshi i la pluja Ioshi and the rain Barcelona: LaGalera [et al. Colors are disappearing. Just as everyone begins to dispair of change, the blacksmith Xemor climbs up into the heavens to visit the ruler of the wind and storms.

Vain and tempestuous, she only reluctantly admits that she has quite simply forgotten about the village of Ioshi. She sends down rain, all turns well. All except for the intrepid Xemor, whom she plays a colorful trick on. Max illustrates this fairy-tale like story in his own clear comic strip style. The scenes of Xemor's visit in heaven which are depicted entirely in grey are most fascinating with their dramatic piles and tunnels of clouds. Notable are also the meticulous layout and typography.

Each night he discovers that letters and even whole words have disappeared from his books. Refusing to put up with it any longer, he catches one of the culprits with a sticky trick: a curious-looking worm that has been forced by the monster Wordmuncher to go hunting for him. Cosme demands that he be led to the insatiable beast and manages to liberate all the abducted letters. High-quality, graphic style color illustrations accompany this simple fantasy tale. Some are quite abstract and form a delightful challenge to the imagination - not only for child readers.

He is confronted with a dilemma when on two occasions he comes upon a person in the desert who would be lost without him. Each time he asks himself whether it would be right to help them without knowing if they are good or bad people. The basic story, which contains several shorter tales, is above all a reflection on basic philosophical issues about human existence: What is good, what is bad? What is individual responsibility? What is coincidence? Can one determine the fate of others? These questions are discussed in a clear, calm manner. Lourenzo text Enjamio illus.

Everyone who hears about them imagines something different and pictures in his mind the most amazing creatures, though in reality the beasts are simple, harmless commonor- garden animals. The idea of cutting up and putting syllables back together again is matched in the typography of the lively color pictures: the illustrator uses the collage technique to visually interpret this rhymed text. Xerais, Captain Ro and Tomcat Bo try to trick him out of the treasure but land instead in the scoundrel's stomach.

There they would be stuck forever after if the Great Thunderer did not suddenly feel terrible stomach pains and unbearable flatulence This humorous tale is illustrated with unusual and very lively pictures. The figures, with their grotesque features and gestures, are portrayed against nearly monochromic, empty backgrounds; spindly, extenuated arms and legs stick out of baggy, puffed-out clothes.

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The funny observations of and commentaries on everyday life derive their humorous potential from the apparently naive perspective of the protagonist, who nevertheless is endowed with shrewdness and a good dose of sarcasm. Columbeta, la isla libro Columbeta, the book island Catalan orig. ISBN Bestiary - Alphabet - Island The origins of the island Columbeta's animal world go back to the day when letters, who had fled a maths book, hid in the entries of an encyclopedia on animals. These absurd animal portraits display much imagination and linguistic wit. Lavish, decorative illustrations, in which colours and geometric shapes combine to form artistic patterns, capture the fairy-tale-like fantastic nature of this quaint animal world.

Telmo is also on a secret mission: He is to find out about the underlying reason of this strange construction. When it turns out that the monstrous temple is to enable the return of Lucifer, whom the commissioners want to be their leader in the battle of Armageddon, the race against time begins. The narrative flows easily, while the suspense is sustained until the very end. Mentiras de verdad True lies Catalan orig. His enquiries lead to an unexpected discovery and hold the mirror to the indignant but also selfrighteous Pep: Just like his father, he entagles himself in lies when he attempts to impress his fellow student Julia.

This multi-layered, gripping novel, crafted like a detective story, explores the question of the motivations for lying. The wellknown Catalan author succeeds in describing the moods, feelings, fears, desires and anxieties of the characters with a keen sense of observation, while evoking an engaging portrait of the era. The speechlessness, the contorsions and tabus in Pepe's family reflect the restrictive, petty-bourgeois and decrepit nature of the Franco-regime, that penetrated all walks of life.

Jacob's trail - Quest for identity Abram is tortured with feelings of guilt, because he thinks he may be partly responsible for the suicide of Lisa, his friend. To find answers to his questions, he goes on the St. Jacob's pilgrims' trail. He is pursued by Lisa's flat mate, Tim, who considers him Lisa's murderer, and he is shadowed by the police. But along the way, he also comes upon people like French Marion or the German Jewish young woman Alma, who fascinates him and whom he falls in love with.

Through the different, psychologically convincing characters, this suspenseful and touching novel explores the fundamental question of the meaning of human existence. Noche de Reyes Epiphany Catalan orig. He only wanted to deliver a present in time for Epiphany in Spain, but at the borders of Europe he finds himself black face to white face with rough border police officers, who refuse him the entry permit.

How he finally does reach his destination, how his camel is deported from the noparking space on the way, and how he is confronted with racist attacks — all this is related in this intelligent picture book for children and adults. Witty parodies and simple devices unmask racism and xenophobia. But instead, he suddenly engages in battle with a mouse who creates havock in his house.

With the assistance of fellow- hunters flown in from Africa, he succeeds in cornering the animal, but the struggle against the unequal opponent turns him into an animal lover. The entertaining, fast-paced story is told with slap-stick humour. The comedy is equally evident in the crazy, cartoon-like illustrations that parody familiar stereotypes with grotesque exaggeration.

A radio presenter questions the sense of his work, and, to overcome this crisis, he secretely starts a nocturnal feature on philosophical themes, inviting listeners to participate. When a concerned husband and father complains to the station, because he doesn't want his family spending the nights philosophising around the radio, it all comes out and the presenter is sent to prison.

He suspects that he was really imprisoned for inspiring people to think for themselves. The book takes the reader into the world of philosophy with wit, humour and lightness. Juma i el diamant Juma and the diamond Barcelona : Ed. Following his escape, he meets other children, and one after another they join him in his quest for freedom.

Finally, they are a group of six, and together, they struggle for survival, always hoping to see their families and homes again. Told from the perspective of children and their experiences, the misery and violence e. The story is realistic and never sensational. On the contrary, it gives a differentiated account of the social situation and develops a strong cast of individual characters. ISBN x Spanish ed. A short appendix provides further information. Despite these informations, this book is first and foremost an imaginative picture book, heedlessly anthropomorphising the world of the bees.

This is most evident in the brightly coloured, cheerful and wild illustrations. They show, for example, a bee swinging a broom or transporting construction material on a truck. This book is an unusual cross-over between the picture story- and reference book. Barcelona : LaGalera [et al. ISBN The imaginative story is complemented by lively and dynamic cartoonstyle colour-illustrations. Some very original double-page illustrations with flabs folding upwards!

Moldes, an ambitious psychiatrist, treats autistic Laura, who suffers from memory gaps and fits of fear. The reader learns from Moldes' report, interspersed with written notes by Laura, how Laura's memories are retrieved piece by piece. Because of that, both patient and doctor are confronted with a terrifying reality. The award-winning author's gripping, yet rather unpretentious narrative shows elements of the psychological thriller. It poses the question about the whence of human anxieties: are they generated by our own psyche or do they have real, external causes? Olmos, Roger illus.

A bad conscience and fear follow, but too late: In the dark of the night, the angry wolf comes down the chimney. The story's grotesque humour and its unrelentingly rising tension are congenially captured by the double-spread illustrations.


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They are funny, wild, vivid, and excessive. Rich colours, daring perspectives, and the play with light and shadow heighten the dynamic effect. Dumas, Oliveiro illus. Korbes and other Grimm tales Valencia : Media Vaca, Never heard of it? Then pick up this anthology of rather unknown treasures from the Grimm fairytales, and get to meet an artist who has illustrated these tales in an exceptionally witty, unconventional way.

A few years ago, the publishing house Media Vaca started producing a small, fine series with new and newly discovered texts, high-quality illustrations, and aesthetic, bibliophile design. Buy, read, and hold on to it! Using this event as his point of departure, the author, well-known for his adult fiction, has created a highly entertaining novel, ingeniously intertwining fact and fiction.

The story follows the further fate of Lampe, who had endured his eccentric master for decades; embittered by his dismissal, he now nourishes feelings of vengeance against his successor. Una miga de pan A bread-crumb Madrid : Ed. Following this sad but beautiful and touching beginning, a tale full of unsuspected turns unfolds — a literary surprise packet somewhere between fable and fairytale. It is a story about the conflict between love and hate and about humans, who fight for one or the other side.

Keeping in line with the previous books by the well-known author, the narrative is powerful and emotional. A dialogue without words unfolds, sustained by mutual affection and the longing for freedom. Related with great empathy, this father-son story has found an unusual and expressive way to open a new perspective on the troublesome relations between majority populations and their disdained minorities.

Hasta casi bichos [Almost] beasts Madrid : Anaya, ISBN Animals This highly amusing and imaginative bestiary features almost entries in alphabetical order. The literary Noah's Ark is populated by a beastly lot of peculiar and unexpected species: Just when the animals start looking familiar, puns, surreal connotations and nonsense distort them. This delightful book is sure to captivate its readers with its spirited, light-hearted, and playful language. The small-format illustrations in different shades of brown at the beginning of each story perfectly complement this bestial collection of curious creatures.

Elefante txori-bihotza An elephant with a bird's heart Bilbo : Anaya Haritza, Even though the project can hardly be said to be crowned by success, it nevertheless teaches the teacher a surprising lesson: At first sight, elephants may look alike; they are, however, endowed with highly individual characters: with tiger-, ant-, and monkey-hearts, or even, like the charming elephant lady Kikunga, with a bird's heart. The story, brimming with imagination and pleasant absurdity, is accompanied by watercoloured line-drawings that underscore the peculiar humour of the text.

He studies History and jobs part-time as a baby-sitter when the parents' stop to give him financial support. The author relates the protagonist's process of emancipation and reaching maturity with humour and ease. His concise rendering of character is excellent and reveals deep psychological insight. Hello, Mr. Barcelona : Serres, She approaches the works of art with her naturalness and presents them to the reader from her own perspective.

She, in turn, is amused, surprised, or perplexed by the individual works. Secrets de la selva fosca Secrets of the dark forest Barcelona : Ed. Miguel, the protagonist, pictures himself and his parents surviving the dangers and surprises of a unique jungle. He is impressed that his father rides a four-wheel stallion to the palace every day, where he creates mountains of delicious cakes.

And he admires his mother, who, every morning, tames a sub-terranean irondragon that winds its way through the underworld. The short, entertaining text is accompanied by many colour illustrations that creatively explore the gap between reality and imagination. Paxaros de papel Paper birds Vigo : Xerais, The island, a happy counter-world, is populated by an infinite variety of birds glistening in all colours imaginable.

The birds, however, are not happy in their paradise. They, too, want to go out into the world to see and experience something new and different, such as grey things, black things, or cities. The boy takes the birds on a journey through his reality, which in turn seems fascinating to them.

The special charm of this book about the appeal of the exotic and the desire for diversity lies in the partly surreal and symbolic pictures. They glow with suggestive colours and invite readers to dream and to invent their own stories. Costa oeste ; 26 ISBN Family — Family conflict — Class society This novel in the style of a family saga unfolds in fictive, yet typical and well observed settings along the Galician coast. The narrative is centred on an old and respected aristocratic family; for generations, they have played a priviledged role in the region while living practically cut off from the rest of society.

Despite all the pomp and ceremony, they cannot longer maintain the pretence; the family witnesses its own irredeemable decline. With beautiful, plain words, the author draws the portrait of a hermetic society still under the spell of days gone by and cruelly confronted with the realities of a changing world. O barco de vapor : Serie azul ; 15 ISBN x Friendship — Imagination — Creativity Chinto and Tom — brothers, friends, or possibly even a couple — have inherited a bed and a piece of land in an idyllic area. With great enthusiasm, they start building a cosy home, in which they plan to live together in peace and harmony.

Once the new home is built, they realise the bed doesn't fit through the door. Because the bed is indispensable — but, unfortunately, cannot be taken apart — inventiveness is called for The story, told with a great deal of sympathy for the protagonists, is full of imaginative, absurd, and surreal ideas, lending the book vitality and lightheartedness. The simple, humorous, and, at the same time, poetic language adds another wonderful touch.

When the year-old boy is kidnapped and taken to a guerilla camp in the rain forest, he suddenly sees himself confronted with the violence reigning in the civil war-torn country. Faced with this extreme situation, Ismael grows more mature and develops a different perception of his problems with his family and his life in the European consumer society.

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The first-person-narrator relates his experiences with realism and in a direct, humorous, sometimes sarcastic colloquial tone. This narrative approach makes for a convincingly authentic psychological portrait of a boy seeking orientation. Spain Spanish - - Ferrer, Vicente ed.

Media vaca ; 11 ISBN Dictionary — Encyclopaedia artists from 20 countries were invited to illustrate a word of their choice; they were free to associate but limited to only two colours. Furthermore, they were asked to take their favourite definition from a dictionary or encyclopaedia. On the other hand, it is an exciting compendium demonstrating the rich diversity of the international art of illustrating. A superb, varied enjoyment for young and adult readers! Overwhelmed by his thirst for revenge, he has to go into exile. The suspenseful novel combines many elements and devices of traditional oriental narratives, while the nuanced psychological portrayal of the characters adds a modern and realistic touch.

Despite the geographical and cultural distance of the subject, the reader is quickly captured by the imaginative plot and by the poetic language. A lot of the texts discuss the possibilities of storytelling itself, which are boundless — as long as you have the necessary imagination and talent to spin a yarn. This volume is a very good example for that.

Periscopio ; 96 ISBN Puberty — Search for identity — Group — Outsider year-old Fran is shocked and confused when he sees his school friends returning from their summer holidays with lower voices, peach fuzz, and some centimetres taller than him. Because they are suddenly interested in girls while he still prefers to play football, he is terrified by the thought of becoming an outsider. The fast paced novel follows Fran, who — in his desperate urge for recognition — increasingly entangles himself in a self-wrought net of white lies. The author relates the experiences and emotions of boys on the threshold between childhood and adolescence, plagued by insecurity and complexes, with realism and many comic situations and punch-lines.

The father no longer lives with the family, his sister Clara suffers from a disease of the lungs, and the mother has many worries. To make matters worse, they have moved and the boy has to get used to a new life in a small apartment in the big city. In a clear, subdued, calm tone and great sensitivity, Antonio Ventura depicts ordinary everyday life things and situations of a childhood dating back a few decades. It is his almost tender, poetical eye for seemingly insignificant details, which makes this book attractive to children and adults alike. Every night, someone new joins the group: The stories, all centered around friendship, love, and companionship, are continued and complemented with new details.

The authors have successfully combined the short stories and the narrative frame to create a very readable book.