In the hot savannah, the warthogs rout around happily, looking for some delicious roots to eat, and at sunset they take relaxing mud baths… all but one, who stands aside, disgusted by those grey, stocky bodies and those snouts covered with warts. This warthog stays away from his own kind, unaware of being exactly like any other warthog… until one day he sees his reflection in the pond, discovering the hard truth. Overcome by his trivial, coarse, look, the warthog catches a glimpse of a wonderful blue fish swimming in the pond. From that moment on, he can’t stop thinking about that gorgeous fish, and he falls asleep wishing to be blue like him… and the following day, when he wakes up, he finds out he has become of that same, bright colour! Inflated with pride, the blue warthog struts around, but on his way he meets many other animals looking more beautiful, elegant and majestic than him. So, night after night, the warthog wishes for a giraffe’s neck, a lion’s mane, long ostrich’s legs… transforming himself until he loses his own identity. How can he find it again?
This surreal and funny story by award-winning German author Ursula Wölfel is now translated and published in Italy for the first time, with hilarious oil illustrations by Roger Olmos. La biblioteca della Ciopi presents a new book that will make us reflect on the way we perceive our own body, and on the importance of accepting and loving ourselves just as we are.
Ursula Wölfel (1922-2014) was a German writer. She managed to complete her studies during World War II, becoming a pedagogue and a primary school teacher. In 1961 she decided to devote herself to her dream: writing books for children. Throughout her career, she was awarded several prizes, winning the prestigious Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis twice, in 1962 and in 1991. Her books have been translated into fifteen languages.
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 (also available in Special Edition) and Grindadráp.
|Series||La Biblioteca della Ciopi|
|Cover||softcover with flaps|
|Dimensions||cm 15,0 x 19,0|
|Lo Struffallocero Blu||Libri Manent||www||30-11--0001|