Spanish / Spain

La roca
(The rock)

Luján, Jorge (text)
Carrer, Chiara (illus.)
[Madrid]: Kókinos, 2013. – [28] p.
ISBN 978-84-92750-95-5

Riddle | Imagination | Creativity

A rock that lies outside the city blocks the way for anyone who can’t answer its permanent riddle: What was I, before I was a rock? Like fairy-tale heroes who must solve riddles, several children approach the rock and are able to pass by it because they give the most astonishing answers. Only one boy insists that a rock can only be a rock. For him, the path remains blocked.

Following ≫Esteban y el escarabajo≪ (Esteban and the bug; FCE 2011), ≫La roca≪ is the second marvellous product from the collaboration between author Jorge Lujan, known especially for his outstanding children’s poetry, and internationally renowned Italian illustrator Chiara Carrer. Every word counts in the brief, secretive text; every sentence brings new questions and ideas to mind. The gentle, delicate, yet powerful illustrations are created by blending coloured pencil, chalk and collage. They preserve the text’s mysteriousness and give the reader much room to give his or her imagination free reign. (Age: 5+)