Alfabeto sobre la literatura infantil (Children´s Literature from A to Z)

ISBN: 978-84-936796-5-1
Books for Children Collection, number 4 / Spanish edition / 2nd edition: July 2010 / 18,5 x 23 cm / 104 pages / 22 bicoloured illustrations + portraits of the authors / hardcover with dust jacket / printed at Brizzolis, Madrid, Spain

Before being published in the form of a book, Atxaga read this alphabet to a group of teachers. From A to Z, there is a succession of characters, authors, and themes from children’s and juvenile literature which are of particular interest to the author. Different readings accompany the commentaries.

Children’s literature is a river and Bernardo Atxaga sails it from A to Z by boat and on foot. Sometimes he dives into the water to cool off or he dresses to the nines to go for a ride in a mechanical swan. This text, originally a speech given by the author to a group of teachers, can be read and enjoyed by anyone. It contains enough clues and arguments to have a good time and erase many of the prejudices children’s literature has carried along the years, and to some extent, still does.

The illustrator, Alejandra Hidalgo, an admirer of Lewis Carroll’s curious Alice and Raymond Queneau’s impudent Zazie, has greatly enjoyed drawing each of the letters and turning the G of Brothers Grimm into a double nose, the F of Fable into a half-eaten cow, and the J of Jaimito into a hook worthy of Moby Dick.

The alphabet ends with a brief autobiography by Joseba Irazu, Bernardo Atxaga’s real name, in which he reveals to readers how he became a writer.

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