Written by Jorge Luján
Illustrated by Isol
Translated by Elisa Amado
Publication Date August 01, 2010
When award-winning poet Jorge Lujan wrote to children all over Latin America asking them about their pets, he received many funny, interesting and touching replies. The children described all kinds of pets -- not only dogs, cats and rabbits, but turtles, parakeets and even a marmot. They wrote about what their pets looked like, the amusing things that they did, what they were like when they first got them and why they loved them so much.
Inspired by these letters, Jorge shaped the children's thoughts and feelings into this wonderful book -- a perfect first collection of poems for young readers.
Selected for the Junior Library Guild Selection 2010
Jorge Luján is an author, poet and musician who has published forty-four books and recorded eight CDs. With many of the world’s greatest illustrators, he has created an outstanding body of work — translated into 15 languages — including Stephen and the Beetle, illustrated by Chiara Carrer; Doggy Slippers and Numeralia, illustrated by Isol; Colors! ¡Colores!, illustrated by Piet Grobler; Moví la mano / I Moved My Hand, illustrated by Mandana Sadat; and Brunhilda and the Ring, illustrated by Linda Wolfsgruber. Jorge has just published his first novel, Salando el río con una cucharita (Salting the River with a Teaspoon). Among other distinctions, he has won the Premio de Poesía para Niños de ALIJA (IBBY Argentina) and has been nominated four times for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. See more of his work on Facebook (Jorge Luján. Poesía y Música), on the Jorge Luján YouTube channel, on his Bandcamp page, Soundcloud and jorgelujan.net.
Isol is an Argentine author and illustrator of children’s books with a passion for comic book artistry, literature and the visual arts. She has been honored with the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for her outstanding contribution to children’s literature, has twice been selected as a finalist for the Hans Christian Andersen Award and has won a Golden Apple at the Biennial of Illustration, Bratislava. Her delightful leporello, Tener un patito es util (It’s Useful to Have a Duck), was chosen by AIGA as one of its “50 Books/50 Covers” for concept and design, and it was also named one of “Los mejores libros para niños y jóvenes 2008” (The best books for children and youth 2008) by Venezuela’s Banco del Libro. Isol has also written and illustrated Petit, the Monster; Beautiful Griselda and Nocturne, and she has illustrated Doggy Slippers by Jorge Luján. Her books have been published in Argentina, Mexico, Spain, France, Canada and the US. Isol is also an advertising illustrator, a professional singer and a comic book writer. She lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Elisa Amado is a Guatemalan-born author and translator. She has written Barrilete: A Kite for the Day of the Dead / Un barrilete para el Día de los muertos, Cousins (Primas) and Tricycle (El triciclo), which is on the Américas Award Commended List and is a USBBY Outstanding International Book. She is also the author of Why Are You Doing That?. She lives in Toronto.
"There's a lot to discuss with every poem here, a perfect mine of possibilities for family enjoyment as well as engaging classroom projects. Highly recommended." Toronto Star
"All are given depth and flavor by Isol's sly, sophisticated spreads, which pair frenetic scribbles with similarly energetic washes of color." Publishers Weekly
"The poems are amusing, touching and filled with the joy of life which can only be expressed through the exuberant words of young children with a story to tell...Highly recommended." CM Magazine