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Spain (Galician) - 2005 - 147
Marcos, Xesús Manuel
O Brindo de ouro : a chamada do Brindo
(The golden Brindo)
Vigo : Xerais, 2004. 233 p.
(O Brindo de ouro ; 1; Fóra de xogo ; 80)
ISBN 84-9782-206-4
Adventure – Secret – Imagination
The peaceful life of young Selmo, a member of the Arxinas tribe, ends abruptly when his village is attacked and burned down by the Broncedos people. Accompanied by the albino wolf Combán, which protects him from any danger, Selmo flees. Along the way, he meets two warriors, Toimil and Oulego, who help him solve the mystery of the »Brindo de Ouro« – a magic horn that provides them with the courage and strength they need to become invincible. 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. (13+)
(Premio Merlín; 2004)

Spain (Galician) - 2004 - 152
Nunca máis! : a ollada da infancia
(Never again! : the wave of children)
Pontevedra : Kalandraka, 2003. [52] p.
ISBN 84-8464-188-0
Galicia/2002 – Sea – Coast – Shipwreck – Oil catastrophe – Environmental protection
This outstanding book was created after the terrible oil spill caused by the shipwreck of the tanker Prestige off the coast of Galicia in November 2002. Using texts, paintings, and drawings, local children express their emotions and thoughts, fear, sadness, and indignation concerning this »black flood« and the adults’ irresponsibility. This volume is an »appeal for more civil action and a stronger sense of community voiced by those who are usually condemned to be silent bystanders: the children.« The book is remarkable both for the urgency of the young people’s message and for the quality and creativity of their texts and pictures. (5+)

Spain (Galician) - 2004 - 151
Mejuto, Eva (adapt.)
Manero, Elia (illus.)
O zapateiro e os trasnos
(The shoemaker and the elves)
Pontevedra : Kalandraka, 2003. [36] p.
(Os contos do trasno)
ISBN 84-8464-212-7
Elf – Shoemaker – Helpfulness – Magic – Curiosity – Betrayal
One morning, a shoemaker and his wife make a surprising discovery: The shoes the craftsman hadn’t finished the day before are now standing all prim and proper in the workshop. 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. They are elves, and because they don’t like publicity, they quickly disappear, never to return. Eva Mejuto recounts this popular folk tale with a great sense of humour. Elia Manero’s illustrations, imaginative collages made from various material, offer a fresh and original interpretation of the classic tale. (5+)

Spain (Galician) - 2003 - 157
Sánchez, Miriam (text)
Fernández, Federico (illus.)
¿Onde perdeu Lúa a risa?
(Where has Lúa lost her laughter?)
Pontevedra : Kalandraka, 2001. [36] p.
ISBN 84-8464-071-X
Animals – Laughter – Quest
One day, Lúa’s laughter disappears. 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. (5+)
(Premio Nacional de Ilustración; 2002)

Spain (Galician) - 2003 - 156
Fernández, Ana María (text)
Cobas, Xosé (illus.)
Amar e outros verbos
(To love and other verbs)
A Coruña : Ed. Everest, 2002. 59 p.
(Punto de Encontro)
ISBN 84-403-0420-2
Love – Justice – Memory
This anthology presents 24 poems in free verse. 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 author often uses the pronoun »we« to suggest the universality of all human experiences; with the direct address (»you«), she seeks a dialogue and exchange with the reader. 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. (12+)
(Premio Lazarillo; 2001)

Spain (Galician) - 2007 - 153
Carballeira, Paula (text)
Hénaff, Carole (illus.)
(<Proper name>)
Pontevedra : Kalandraka, 2006. 59 p.
ISBN 84-8464-549-5
Sahara – Tradition – Storytelling
The setting for this book is the city of Smara (aka Semara), which is situated in Western Sahara and formerly served as an oasis for caravans travelling through the desert. There, a Spanish boy who accompanies his father on a journey meets Avoa Ugaga (Grandmother Ugaga). The wise old woman tells him entrancing stories about ancient times. Thus Smara is not only a foreign and fascinating place for the boy; it is also a symbol for an endangered traditional culture that is rich in myths, tales, and images. The book resonates with a quiet, almost melancholic atmosphere that is also captured in the illustrations inspired by the desert landscape and the colours and shapes of local ceramics, fabrics, and spices. (9+) ☆

Spain (Galician) - 2000 - 156
González, M. Lourenzo (text)
Enjamio (illus.)
Animais de compañía
(Animal companions)
Pontevedra: Kalandraka, 1998. [28] p.
ISBN 84-95123-16-9
Listening - Misunderstanding - Imagination - Animal - Transformation
Using the idea of the children's game of »Telephone, « this picture book plays with the inexhaustible possibilities of wordplay by twisting syllables and words. In a village there is a rumor going around about some supposedly freaky animals that Señora Maria has brought back from a hike in the mountains. 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. (4+)

Spain (Galician) - 2007 - 152
Alfaya, An
A sombra descalza
(The bare-footed shadow)
Vigo : Xerais, 2006. 133 p.
(Fóra de xogo; 92)
ISBN 84-9782-426-1
Spain/Civil War – Family – Secret
This novel deals with the dark sides of a family that suffers from one thing in particular: insurmountable speechlessness. Elsa, the 16-year-old protagonist, wants to know the reason for this secrecy and starts her own investigations leading her back to the Spanish Civil War and her great-aunt Sagrario’s distressing misfortune. She finds out that her grandfather actually is a despot and the women in the family his patient victims. The recognition that her own family is far from perfect is a bitter pill for Elsa, yet it also serves as an important step in the process of growing up and finding her own identity. An Alfaya has cleverly constructed this novel told in a quiet voice. New questions and secrets that appear at strategically important points in the plot create an interesting tension right up to the end. (14+)
(Premio Lazarillo; 2005)

Spain (Galician) - 2007 - 154
Patacrúa (text)
Solchaga, Javier (illus.)
A Princesa do Caurel
(The princess from the Caurel mountains)
Pontevedra : OQO Ed., 2006. [32] p.
(Colección Q)
ISBN 84-96573-52-4
Chain tale – Ring – Theft
The type of fairy tale in which an object travels from one person to the next and eventually returns to its starting point exists in numerous different versions. The story, often written in verse, grows longer and longer with each new change of owner because all of the previous stations are repeated. In this original photo-picture-book, the object is a ring that comes into the possession of a princess, then a bird, a cat, a dog, a stick, and so on. The figures are crafted with a lot of imagination from finds such as boards, roots, screws, tiles, etc. At the start of each new episode, only a small part of the next protagonist is shown at first. Thus, these pictures arouse the readers’ interest, invite them to guess, and also allow them to closely inspect the material used. (4+)

Spain (Galician) - 2002 - 156
Aleixandre, Marilar (text)
Enríquez, Lázaro (illus.)
Paxaros de papel
(Paper birds)
Vigo : Xerais, 2001. [36] p.
ISBN 84-8302-698-8
Birds – Dream – Imagination – Diversity – Difference
A fantastic world awaits Rodrigo when, one night (in a dream?), he flies to Caibarién. 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. (6+)