Spanish / Spain

Gallito Pelón
(Pelón the rooster)

Carbonell, Paula (adapt.)
Giordano, Philip (illus.)
Pontevedra: OQO, 2013. – [36] p.
(Series: Colección O)
ISBN 978-84-9871-427-2

Greed | Good fortune | Folk tale

One focus of the picture book publishing program of high-profile, internationally oriented OQO Editora are adaptations of folk tales of diverse provenance. Gallito Pelon≪ recounts the Valencian folk tale ≫Mig pollastre≪ (half rooster).

A rooster on the search for good fortune seeks to lay hands on the gold treasure a king advertised, no matter the cost. He impatiently devours everything that comes into his way: ants, a fox, a wooden hut, a river. In the end, it is these ≫victims≪ that save him from the cooking pot. Paula Carbonell’s text is sparse yet trenchant, the language contemporary while still incorporating traditional folktale elements, such as repetition. Philip Giordano’s expressive illustrations also connect the traditional with the contemporary, simple, abstract forms and the colours black and red dominate. Giordano uses drawing, monotype, nicely textured vintage and homemade paper and collage, processing these media and arranging it all on his computer. (Age: 4+)