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    • Children's & YA


      by Candelario Obeso / Juan Camilo Mayorga

      Good-Bye is a poem that recreates the joy of a character from the coast who, after being away from his home, is preparing himself to return. The poet compares all those things he loves about his land (specially the sea, a clear leitmotiv in the poem) with those he finds in the Andean city in which he is currently living. This text, full of music and cadence, is accompanied by nostalgic and somehow surreal images that, parallel to the poem, suggest another story, another reading.

    • Children's & YA

      Antonia va al río

      by Diego Sanchez

      The girl and Antonia have to go, and so does their family. But not just theirs, others’ families have to part. ¿Why? Something has happened, is not explicit in the book, but is clear they all have to leave. The kids have their pets and the adults all what they need to navigate, get across the jungle and find a new home. But as it’s usual in such contexts, when one has to migrate, one loses and one gain; and this is what this book is about. Dipacho uses his brush, his colors, and his narrative to offer a story lived by many but very little known in the flesh.

    • Children's & YA

      Cristina juega (Cristina plays)

      by Micaela Chiriff, Paula Ortiz

      Cristina plays starts from a double “game” with the reader: Cristina’s game with her toy (a rabbit) and the game of the play with the reader, whom she seeks to surprise at a time when the scene of Cristina’s game changes, and therefore, the whole perspective of what has been read changes because, from the image, the story is turned upside down and will leave more than one reader thinking. The space of the secret game is practically the center of this book, written in the key of poetry and illustrated with careful attention to each of the details of a dollhouse (one of the scenarios where the action takes place) and attending to a palette of vibrant colors that seek to take us to another time and another space: that of games and toys. This is how from the word and the image this book is a very original proposal.

    • Children's & YA

      Cuando el mundo era así

      by Triunfo Arciniegas / Álvaro Sánchez

      When the wolrd was like that compiles several stories about picaresque characters from Latin-American oral tradition, and some others from the author’s own imagination, who explores the idea of a world only inhabited by hungry animals. Thus, through the humor, wit, and naughtiness of Arciniegas’ pen, the reader will find some sui generis situations in which Uncle Rabbit, Uncle Tiger, Uncle Coyote, and Uncle Fox, among others, will be up to their old tricks.

    • Children's & YA

      Cuando los peces se fueron volando

      by Sara Bertrand / Francisco Javier Olea

      When the fish went off flying is a story that explores, through a subtle language and powerful images, the pain of loss. Among the clouds and the mountains, and their whiteness, the boy from this tale will first lose his father, then his dog, and finally his brother. The images that these departures leave will conform a story in which nothing is a surplus; each sentence and each illustration guide the reader without drama. This is a precise and overwhelming work, in which the literary and graphic quality manifests from page one.

    • Children's & YA

      De los pies a la cabeza (From the head to toe)

      Juega conmigo (Play with me)

      by Pilar Posada, Juliana Salcedo

      From the head to toe. Play with me explores the games with the body draw from the verses created and recreated by Pilar Posada. These verses are inspired in the Latin American oral tradition and only an author and expert of the oral tradition such as Pilar Posada can write these verses with the tone of those that have passed by word of mouth for several generations. She manages to integrate verses from her own oral tradition (creates from what has already been created) and offer the reader something totally new. The illustrations by Juliana Salcedo, great Colombian illustrator, based in Spain, accompany the texts with delicacy and wisdom also favoring the play among and between children, and between children and adults.

    • Children's & YA

      El pollo Chiras

      by Víctor Eduardo Caro / Rafael Yockteng

      Chiras the chiken is a poem, written in the 1930’s by Víctor Eduardo Caro have been recited by many generations of Colombian kids, but is never been published as a picture book. It narrates the story of a chicken that is about to be slaughter in a farm, but with some wit, humor, and his prodigious peak, the chicken gets to see one more day. This hilarious plot is matched by Rafael Yockteng’s images, which tells another story and givesChiras a whole new personality.

    • Children's & YA

      El príncipe moro y el pescadito de oro

      by Fernando Paz-Castillo / Jesús Cisneros

      A Moorish prince have lost his kingdom and gets the chance to regain it thanks to a good fairy who protects him and a little golden fish. But, since he doesn’t follow the fairy’s advice and get seduced by a bad fairy, he loses his kingdom for the second time. The moorish prince and the little golden fish was first published in 1978 and instantly became a new classic all over Latin-America, Cataplum has made this new edition with very little changes in the text but a whole new and interesting proposal from the images.

    • Children's & YA

      Escondida (Hidden)

      by Adolfo Córdova, Amanda Mijango

      A poem and two lyrical voices intertwine in this book that invites the reader to get closer to the secret life of a girl who, with her voice, tells us about the complexity and richness of her inner world. A world that although it is not visible to the adult, has grown within her. On the other hand, there is the voice of the adult, who approaches and distances the girl, recognizing that inner world and its uniqueness. This poem written by Adolfo Córdova is extremely delicate and finds its counterpart in the work of Amanda Mijangos, who with pencil, oil monotype on paper, watercolour, and digital work, shows us that inner world with visual metaphors. The book contains a wonderful surprise: it is an accordion book (with a hardback spine) that allows the two voices and images of nature to be traversed. A book that talks about the intimate life of childhood and the relationship between this and adulthood.

    • Children's & YA

      La memoria del bosque (The memory of the forest)

      by Sara Bertrand, Elizabeth Builes

      The memory of the forest tells two stories. One, that of a little girl and her mother, and the other story told by the mother to her daughter: a princess who has seen her village burn, a princess who has known fire and violence up close, a princess who hides, turns into a ball; but she is discovered by another - a cat - who makes her remember, questions her. It is a story that is permeated by the dialogues between mother and daughter around the story being told. Elizabeth Builes’ illustrations, with their gestural strokes, her impeccable handling of a palette of soft tones, her skill in the handling of nature and the creation of intimate scenes, give life to a story that goes beyond what is narrated in words.

    • Children's & YA

      La sopa más rica y otros cuentos (The most delicious soup and other stories)

      by Mariana Ruiz Johnson

      The most delicious soup and other stories brings together five stories that take place in the village of Villa Verde, the place where all the characters live and interact. The stories are apparently very simple, yet they offer readers a delicate literary experience woven from references, ways of naming the world, images, and experiences typical of young children. This book, moreover, shares many elements with comics. In fact, we could see it as a comic for very young children, where the author, Mariana Ruiz Johnson, has used nib and Indian ink and digital color to provide readers with images in warm colors and a very rich illustration work with thousands of details for the delight of readers.

    • Children's & YA

      Los Chimichimitos (The Chimichimitos)

      by Mariana Massarani

      The tiny shimyshinees is a manifestation of children’s cultural heritage that fuse legend, games, and dance. Its origins are on the Island of Margarita –Venezuela– and thanks to school this piece of oral tradition spread throughout the country. According to the legend, The tiny shimyshinees is form by a group of elves that appear during full moon nights and gather on the beach to sing and play. Their song is so sweet that they can attract fish to the seashore. Over time, The tiny shimyshinees became a kind of theatrical troupe that roamed the streets of towns in popular festivals. Mariana Massarani’s illustrations capture the colors and culture of the Caribbean and give such a local piece an absolutely universal tone. With a naive style and with PVA paint, Massarani makes some colorful and very funny images and gives us perfect settings for the story that takes place: a group of children prepares their presentation on the shore of a crystalline sea and this is how image after image we see the coastal town, the costumes of the characters and part of their Caribbean culture. It is impossible to read this book without wanting to go to the beach!

    • Children's & YA

      Siete cuervos y ocho cuentos (Seven crows and eight tales)

      by Jairo Buitrago, Juan Camilo Mayorga

      Seven Crows & Eight Stories gathers together, as its title says, eight stories in which children are protagonists: intelligent children; some mischievous, some rogue, some disobedient; and if there is a common characteristic, it is all naivety. Buitrago has the virtue of understanding very well the world of children and of speaking to them equally. The fears, the joys of children, are well known by the author and proof of this are his texts, where he depicts a very original representation of childhood and reality. These stories about everyday life are very humorous and will make more than one reader finish with a smile. The illustrations of Mayorga, of free stroke and, therefore, very expressive, show us the different scenarios and characters that make up that universe created by Buitrago.

    • Children's & YA

      Tengo hambre (I am hungry)

      by Menena Cottin

      I´am Hungry it is a conceptual and therefore informational book for young children. Through the use of flat colours, graphics elements and, design, Menena Cottin, author of this book, brings us a true aesthetic quality and learning experience. A book where children can visualize part of the food chain and where they will begin to understand how nature works, out there where animals are found without human intervention. We are in front of a rare and much-needed book: a book that brings together fun and information!

    • Children's & YA

      Yo no fui (It wasn't me)

      by Ana Palmero, Alejandra Acosta

      "It´s wasn´t me" is a book for little ones where humor, simplicity and everyday life remind us that there can always be a mischievous hand behind “mysterious things”. The characters in this book jauntily remind us of our own families. It is a story where Alejandra Acosta’s illustrations recreate everyday situations full of expressiveness and frankness that are also full of humor. Her casual and frank strokes accompany a text that hints at sweet mischief and that, with an unexpected twist, will show us that not only the youngest one in the house enjoys playing pranks.

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