Summer days seem endless. There is always time for everything, also to read, especially when one is young and has not yet been overwhelmed by the wheel of chores and adult obligations. At nap time, when not even the bravest dare to go outside, on the lawn of a swimming pool or under the umbrella, on a beach, one always finds the time to open a good book and travel to other worlds and other times through its pages. In Of moms & dads We have compiled 10 titles (stories, novels, graphic novels) ideal for children and young people between 6 and 18 years old. Who said nap time was boring?
Little Vampir and Miguel (Fulgencio Pimentel): The lovers of the saga Vampir and its “child” version, Little Vampir (which are all those who have ever looked into the admired saga of Joann Sfar, because it is impossible not to fall in love with her), they are in luck, because Fulgencio Pimentel has published a new title in 2021, Little Vampir and Miguel. The volume consists of three adventures starring the already unforgettable characters of Sfar, who on this occasion take the license to make a kind of spin-off with which he explains the origins of Vampir and his relationship with his inseparable friend Miguel. In this new installment wonderfully edited by Fulgencio Pimentel, Joann Sfar accurately mixes all the ingredients (sense of humor, irony, tenderness, action and emotion) that have made Vampir an iconic character in contemporary literature and a protagonist essential to hook boys and girls of all ages (but especially tweens and teens) to reading.
Pepa Guindilla (Nordic): Pepa Chilli it’s a novel made in spain that has nothing to envy to the successes that Nórdica publishes, arrived from the cold. He steals the hearts of readers Pepa, the protagonist of Ana Campoy’s novel, with her sense of humor, her naivety, her point of mischief, her tenderness and her ability to turn the lives of all those who tell her upside down with her occurrences. surround. A life in which there is room for a mother, two parents, two twin brothers on the mother’s side, a grandmother on the side of her mother’s husband and a charming neighbor who points to a good stepmother (who said that stepmothers were bad? ). With all these ingredients, Campoy creates a fun and optimistic novel to share aloud or to be eaten by boys and girls hungry for characters to identify with, laugh and toast to mischief.
Ollis (Norse): Precisely from the enormous tradition that exists in northern Europe in the world of children’s literature comes the latest commitment from Editorial Nórdica in its children’s collection. Ollis is the letter of introduction of the young Norwegian author Ingunn Thon, who is impossible not to compare with Maria Parr, with all the good that it has when one comes out unscathed from that comparison. Oda Lise Louise Inger Sonja (Ollis for friends) is the protagonist of this funny and emotional family novel, in which the accidental encounter with a house hidden in the middle of the forest (and its extravagant owner), to whose mailbox all the Lost and ownerless letters from the region, a girl until then fearful, but who hides a courage inside her that she herself does not know, will change life forever. The search for identity, friendship, the disappointments of life, the difficulties of family reunification and family love, which can do everything, come together in this tender and sympathetic adventure story full of characters that leave their mark.
A forest in the air (Steamboat): Beatriz Osés has won the El Barco de Vapor Prize for children’s literature in 2021 for A forest in the air, a novel with a hilarious sense of humor that, between laughter and laughter, brings the reader closer to interesting and topical topics such as the importance of recovering the connection with nature or the multiple benefits of intercultural and intergenerational relationships. Borja, the protagonist of A forest in the air, is a twelve-year-old boy who lives with his father in the city. However, the delicate economic situation of their father will take them to Solana del Infante, a small town in which their grandfather has presented them with a major challenge to access his inheritance: plant ten thousand trees to create a forest in the middle of a dryland. . The adventure has only just begun.
Earwig and the witch (Alfaguara): Studio Ghibli, the great Japanese animation film studio, responsible among others for the mythical films Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro or Princess Mononoke, premiered its latest creation, Earwig and the Witch, at the end of April in Spain. If, given the circumstances, you have not been able or wanted to take your eyes to the cinema and they cannot wait for the film to reach a streaming platform, Alfaguara has made available the Diana Wynne Jones novel on which the film is based . Earwig and the witch It has everything you could ask for to hook boys and girls to reading: an orphanage, a witch, an almost mythological being, a talking cat, magic tricks, curses, emotion in abundance and an unforgettable protagonist.
Lulú and Nelsón: Heading to Africa (Alfaguara): The recognizable illustrations by Aurélie Neyret (The Cherry Diaries) give flight and shape to Heading to Africa, the first installment in the Lulu and Nelson saga, to the imagination of French screenwriters Charlotte Girard and Jean-Marie Omont. Through a letter, a granddaughter begins to learn the life story of her grandmother, a little apprentice lion tamer who, after losing her mother and later her lions in a fire, embarks on an improvised journey from Naples to the Apartheid South Africa with the idea of getting a new king of the jungle for his show. All the pieces fit together perfectly and everything exudes quality in this exciting graphic novel that leaves the reader thirsty for a second installment that, luckily, will hit bookstores in September.
Kashtanka (Kalandraka): It is a luxury that publishers like Kalandraka bring literary greats like Antón Chekhov closer to small (and not so small) readers. This work of reading dissemination and the rescue of classics (Kashtanka was published in 1887 and is a story that is read in all Russian schools as initiatory reading) does not always receive the visibility and recognition it deserves. Kashtanka, a story starring a dog endowed with human characteristics such as speech or reasoning, is a marvel; a funny story, an ironic and tender point about fidelity and the indelible mark left on us by the home of which we feel part, no matter how well in other places we are treated so well or even better.
The mystery of the salamander (Duomo): Jorn Lier Horst is considered one of the best Nordic authors of black literature. A real merit coming from a region that has become the epicenter of this literary genre on its own merits. Children’s and youth literature, of course, could not be immune to this phenomenon. Horst, who had already taken a look at children’s literature – his extensive series has been published in Spain Detective agency-, starts with The mystery of the Salamander its CLUE series, a bestseller in Europe. CLUE is the acronym for Cecilia, Leo, Une and Egon (Une’s dog), three children between 13 and 11 years old who are involved in a murky spiral of events when a corpse appears floating on the shore of a beach near Pensión la Perla, the hotel overlooking the Norwegian bay that Cecilia’s father runs. Jorn Lier Horst masterfully immerses his brave characters in a universe of clues – better or worse directed -, moral dilemmas and philosophical doubts, and pushes the boys and girls to a frantic reading to discover an outcome that is only the beginning of a series called to last in time.
Click (Maeva Young): Very much in line with the most personal titles of Raina Telgemeier, the North American author Kayla Miller has created with Click a beautiful and profound graphic novel about friendship and the abysses it pushes us into at certain times, especially when we think we don’t fit in with those we consider our friends. Something like this happens to Olivia, the adolescent protagonist of Click, who sees how she is left alone and without acting when her teacher announces the celebration of the annual school festival. Miller perfectly reflects with his drawings the emotional evolution of Olivia, the relationship with her mother – at times overprotective in her praiseworthy desire to avoid her daughter’s sadness – and the appearance of a character in principle secondary, the aunt, who will help his niece to overcome the blockade and to see opportunities where until then he only saw reasons for disappointment.
The Fabulous Adventures of Aurora (Flamboyant): From the union of one of the most brilliant current authors of suspense novels, Douglas Kennedy, and the renowned French cartoonist and scriptwriter Joann Sfar, this past spring it hit bookstores The Fabulous Adventures of Aurora, the first volume of what threatens to be an essential saga for readers between 9 and 12 years old. Aurora, a girl with autism and an extraordinary superpower (she is able to read people’s minds), is the protagonist of this story that, as with all Kennedy’s adult novels, one reads in one breath, unable to lift the eyes of the book. Do not be fooled by its more than 200 pages, do not throw you back. Aurora’s adventures are as addictive as Douglas Kennedy’s writing.