Spanish / Peru

Desayuno
(Breakfast)

Chirif, Micaela (text)
Alayza, Gabriel (illus.)
Lima: Polifonía, 2013. – [36] p.
ISBN 978-612-45901-8-4

Grandmother / Grandson | Imagination | Zest for life | Role expectations

≫Desayuno≪ marks the second collaboration between Micaela Chirif and Gabriel Alayza for Polifonia Press, which specialises in picture books. The book describes the morning chores of an older woman living in her house by the sea, and its charm lies in the contrast between the quick, seemingly straight-forward text and the illustrations, which show unheard of things – unexpected visitors who jump from the woman’s imagination as she narrates, crowding her kitchen, such as a purple octopus, a diver, pirates, a mermaid, and a sea lion. The fun, music, and dancing these visitors cause enrich her otherwise somewhat monotone life. Unfortunately, the question ≫Don’t I get breakfast?≪ from her grandson, who is shuffling about in the kitchen, cuts the magic off abruptly.

≫Desayuno≪ wittily plays with cliches and role expectations. Zest for life and imagination lie here with the grandmother, not with the sleepy and somewhat sluggish grandson. (Age: 4+)