A mosquito agrees to help an old man to escape the horrible giant snake determined to eat him by discovering which is the tastiest flesh in the world. In order to simplify the mosquito’s task, the old man equips the insect with metal teeth (as big and hard as an armour!) so that no creature would be able to resist its bite… unaware that the clever little animal will use it to satisfy its endless voracity, forgetting meanwhile the purpose of its quest!
Thanks to this funny story we’ll learn that the mosquito buzz is actually its war shout, and we’ll discover the reason why snakes are so much into mice and the swallows nest near our houses.
Along the way, we will enjoy the adventures of a gang of characters that will teach us how justice and solidarity always win over arrogance and brute force… and that small white lies can be useful sometimes! This popular tale belonging to the Chinese oral tradition gains new life in the written form thanks to the words of Margarita del Mazo. Taking advantage of her solid experience as an oral narrator, the Spanish author adapt the story to the page through a fluid and simple style, marked by a sense of humour in line with the amusing and detailed oil illustrations by Roger Olmos. The unrealistic proportions enhance the human (the old man, the smith, and the kids) and animal (the snake, the mosquito, the swallow, and the mouse) characters with a peculiar interpreting dimension: two different groups that highlight the contrast between reality and imagination.
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.
Margarita del Mazo was born in Malpica de Tajo (Toledo) and lives in Paracuellos de Jarama (Madrid). After graduating in Law, in 1999 she discovered that her destiny was to tell stories and since then she narrates oral and written tales. In 2009 she published her first book, La Zanzara, and in 2010 she figured among the finalists of the Junceda Award. In 2011 she won the Lazarillo de Álbum Ilustrado Prize together with Ángela Cabrera. Her books have been translated in English, French, Portuguese, Polish, Italian, Korean, and Chinese. With #logosedizioni she published: Non mangiarmi! and La Zanzara.
|Author||Margarita del Mazo|
|Dimensions||cm 27,0 x 24,2|