Written by Jorge Luján
Illustrated by Manuel Monroy
Publication Date April 10, 2003
Day and night, life and death are sometimes seen as opposites of each other. But they can also be understood as falling in a continuum, one containing the other. In this wonderful pair of poems by noted Argentine/Mexican poet Jorge Lujan, both ideas are expressed. An Apple in the Apple Orchard describes a young boy and girl in the early morning playing a sort of hide-and-seek amongst the apple trees. Pale As Bone takes the same children on a carousel ride where a Lady-as-Pale-as-a-Bone is trying to choose whom to take with her.
Jorge Luján is a prolific and highly respected author and poet. He has worked with many of the world’s greatest illustrators to create an outstanding body of work. His picture books include Stephen and the Beetle, illustrated by Chiara Carrer, Doggy Slippers and Numeralia, illustrated by Isol, Colors! ¡Colores!, illustrated by Piet Grobler, Rooster / Gallo, illustrated by Manuel Monroy and Con el sol en los ojos / With the Sun in My Eyes, illustrated by Morteza Zahedi. Jorge has twice won the Premio de Poesía para Niños de ALIJA (IBBY Argentina), and he has been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. He is also an architect and musician. His books, songs and videos can be found on his website at www.jorgelujan.com. Jorge lives in Mexico City.
Manuel Monroy is one of Mexico’s most accomplished illustrators whose work has appeared in children’s books, in magazines, on posters, and most recently in animation projects. He has won many awards, including the A la Orilla del Viento prize, given by the Fondo de Cultura Economica; the Noma Concours in Japan; a Gold World Medal for Art Direction at the New York Film Festival, and a Merit Mention from the Society of Publication Designers. His work has also been included on the IBBY Honour List and in the White Ravens catalogue. Manuel has illustrated many children’s books, which have been published in Canada and the United States, such as Daybreak, Nightfall (Alba y ocaso) and Rooster Gallo, both by poet Jorge Luján; When I Was a Boy Neruda Called Me Policarpo by Poli Delano; and What Are You Doing? by Elisa Amado. He has also exhibited his art in Mexico, Cuba, the Czech Republic, Italy, Japan and the Netherlands. He lives in Mexico City.
"Two enigmatic but hypnotic poems...intriguing, often disquieting work." Publishers Weekly