A small boy’s encounter with a beetle could have drastic consequences in this simple, strongly moral story, with strikingly original art from one of Italy’s finest children’s book illustrators.
When Stephen spots a beetle he takes off his shoe and raises his arm, ready to strike... but then he has second thoughts. He lays his head down on the ground and the beetle walks right up to him. At the last moment the beetle turns aside and each can go on with the day, having avoided the worst.
In this very simple story Jorge Luján presents the kind of deep moral question that can occur in even the smallest child’s day. Chiara Carrer’s very original etched and painted illustrations perfectly complement the story, and are in and of themselves beautiful works of art.
Jorge Luján is a prolific and highly respected author and poet. He has worked with many of the world’s greatest illustrators to create an outstanding body of work. His books include Rooster / Gallo, Tarde de invierno / Winter Afternoon, Beyond My Hand, Daybreak, Nightfall, Sky Blue Accident / Accidente celeste, Con el sol en los ojos / With the Sun in My Eyes and Colors! / Colores! He has won many awards, including the Premio de Poesia para Ninos de ALIJA (IBBY, Argentina). He is also a musician and architect. Jorge lives in Mexico City.
Chiara Carrer is one of Italy’s best-known children’s book illustrators. She has been creating children’s books for more than twenty years, with more than one hundred titles to her credit. Chiara has won many major awards, including the UNICEF Prize, the Austrian Kinder und Jugendbuch-Illustrationspreis, the BolognaRagazzi New Horizons Award (Special Mention) and the Golden Apple at the Biennial of Illustration, Bratislava. She also teaches art and has exhibited her work in Europe, Japan and Brazil. She lives in Rome.
This simple yet powerful life-or-death drama between the boy and the beetle is vividly captured in Carrer’s striking, highly original acrylic, ink pencil, oil pastel and collage illustrations. Using naive outlines, Expressionistic color washes, open spaces and constantly changing perspectives, she creates tension between the aggressive boy and the passive beetle. - Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW
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