The thing that hurts most in the world
A colourful, ironic, intense tale
As they go fishing, the hare and the hyena speak about everyday matters. “Do you know what’s the thing that hurts most in the world?” asks the hare.
“It’s the lie” he says, as the hyena bursts out laughing: a lie can’t hurt more than a bite on the paw!
To show his point, the hare leaves a very special po… pomegranate? potato? “pie” at the gates of the palace, which will of course provoke the king’s fury and rage. Later on, with the flies’ complicity – experts in all types of smells – he will start the hunt to the culprit among all the animals of the village, in a tale in which the moral (which so much pleases mums) is reached through a funny text and the hilarious illustrations (which so much please children of all ages) by Roger Olmos.
The hare’s idea – that the thing that hurts most in the world is lie – is demonstrated in a fantastic and entertaining story that will make the reader laugh, but also think.
The text is based on a traditional Ivorian tale. For centuries, in many populous areas of Africa, tales were the first schooling for many children. Although every area has its own particular style of approaching stories, traditional African tales, full of symbolic content, treasure ancestral knowledge and wisdom and they are a common means to expound cosmological and philosophical meditations about life and forgotten values, to try to educate and guide individuals and, as in this case, to convey teachings.
The hyena, which in this tale takes on the hypocritical and contemptible nature of some humans, will experiment first hand the taste of lie, far bitter than the physical pain he so much feared at the beginning of the story.
The illustrations by Roger Olmos give life to expressive and hyperbolic characters full of humour. With a precise and sharp line, he gives his personal view of a story that, through an amusing writing exercise, brings us closer to the words, thoughts and cultural inheritance of the Ivory Coast.
Special mention With Ravens 2006
Special mention Premio Llibreter de Álbum Ilustrado 2006
Roger Olmos was born in Barcelona on the 23rd December 1975 and became interested in the world of illustration from a very young age. After finishing his studies, he started an apprenticeship as a scientific illustrator at the Dexeus Clinic, then he attended the Llotja Avinyó School of Arts and Crafts and turned to the illustration of children’s books. In 1999 he was selected at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, where he met his first publisher. Since then he has illustrated more than eighty books with about twenty Spanish and international publishers. Lover of animals and activist, he has embraced a vegan lifestyle and has been working for years to promote with his art respect for the environment and all living creatures. He lives with three cats – one with three legs, one deaf and one blind with only half a jaw – and two dogs, a 19 year old arthritic one and a 12 year old big boy.
Awards and acknowledgments:
• In the years 1999, 2002 and 2005 he was selected for the Illustrator’s Exhibition at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.
• Selected for The White Raven 2002 (Tío Lobo, kalandraka)
• Selected for The White Raven 2004 (El Libro de las Fábulas, Ediciones B)
• Menzione speciale White Ravens 2006, for La cosa che fa più male al mondo, OQO/#logosedizioni
• Premio Llibreter de Álbum Ilustrado 2006, for La cosa che fa più male al mondo, OQO/#logosedizioni
• Premio Lazarillo de Álbum Ilustrado 2008, for El príncipe de los enredos, Edelvives
• Premio 400Colpi, Torredilibri 2015, for Senzaparole, #logosedizioni
• Premio del Ministerio de Cultura de España al mejor libro ilustrado categoría infantil y juvenil 2016, for La leggenda di Zum
Books published by #logosedizioni: Calando, La capra matta, La cosa che fa più male al mondo, Cosimo, La leggenda di Zum, Rompicapo, Seguimi! (una storia d’amore che non ha niente di strano), Senzaparole (book and portfolio), The Story of the Good Little Boy / The Story of the Bad Little Boy (also available in Italian and Spanish), Una storia piena di lupi, Stop, Amigos, La Zanzara, Lucia, Lo struffallocero blu, La foca bianca e Grindadráp.
|Dimensions||cm 25,0 x 24,0|