Books by Emilio Urberuaga

GILDA THE GIANT SHEEP by Emilio Urberuaga
Released: Jan. 22, 2019

"A book to be shared, savored, and discussed. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Gilda is a giant sheep who produces so much wool and milk that the 20 shepherds in charge of her are tired. When they decide to sell her for mutton, Gilda runs away. Where will Gilda find a new home? Read full book review >
CARLOTA WOULDN'T SAY BOO by José Carlos Andrés
Released: June 6, 2016

"A tale gently told of finding our inner strengths. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Once upon a short time ago, there was a girl named Carlota who had a unique power: everyone understood her just from her gestures and glances. Read full book review >
NIGHT SOUNDS by Javier Sobrino
by Javier Sobrino, illustrated by Emilio Urberuaga, translated by Elisa Amado
Released: April 9, 2013

"Bedtime desires are gently portrayed and gathered up until it is indeed sleepy-time in this cuddlesome import. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The animals of the rain forest settle down for sleep, but they are disturbed by the sounds of the night in this cumulative story. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2009

"I'm back. It's me again, Manolito, the same guy from the first book called Manolito Four-Eyes [2008]," begins the Spanish ten-year-old with a penchant for trouble. Whether caught holding the school bully's cigarette, losing Our Nosy Neighbor Luisa's dog or revealing his lack of knowledge on the game of soccer (which results in an outcry in his Madrid neighborhood), the boy's amusing, warped view of the world continues in episodic chapters. This Continental-style humor is once again illustrated with intermittent cartoon sketches from Urberuaga. While his Grandpa Nicolás remains an "unconditional ally," his little brother, the Bozo, with a touch of his own mischievousness, plays a bigger role this time as the unwitting recipient of many of Manolito's schemes. Although this sequel lacks some of the "whole lotta cool" lingo used in the original and includes dated pop-culture references (e.g., which show is better, the original Knight Rider or MacGyver?) and more mature humor (e.g., prostate problems and underarm hair), it contains enough fart jokes, chaos and gross moments to sustain fans of the first Manolito. (Fiction. 9-12)Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2008

Reminiscent of the hero of René Goscinny's Nicholas (2005), Manolito is a small, unpopular ten-year-old who unwittingly wreaks havoc in his Madrid neighborhood. In episodic chapters, the "chatterbox who's misunderstood" describes his breezy adventures defending himself from the school bully, arguing with his best friend, Big Ears, over the strong-willed One-and-Only Susana, warding off a mugger and bringing world peace—or at least a stunned moment of silence—to the town's costume contest. But no matter how bad things get, the boy's roommate, "unconditional ally" and "whole lotta cool" Grandpa Nicolàs is ready to take the blame and offer wise sayings that help Manolito make sense of his slightly twisted yet always entertaining world. Although adults will understand the boy's musings and his grandfather's prostate problems more readily than children, this stands as an enjoyable tween read-aloud. Urberuaga's energetic, cartoon-like illustrations add to the hilarity of this import, a classic in its native Spain. (Fiction. 9-12)Read full book review >
PAPER BIRD by Arcadio Lobato
Released: Nov. 5, 1994

Whimsical, cartoonish color illustrations set the scene in a Renaissance-like European town, full of stone towers and red- roofed quadrangles. Late at night, an artist draws a picture of a bird, which gets knocked out the window by a cross, sleepy black cat; as the paper floats toward earth, the bird is convinced he can fly downward, and only needs to learn to fly up. A succession of real birds—ravens, an owl, sparrows, swifts—catch him in their beaks and try to teach him to fly, awed by how miraculous he is. By the time he lands in the street, where the artist's cat finds him and takes him home, he's become proud to be a work of art. The bird then gets a wonderful surprise: The artist turns him into a kite for a little girl and sends him flying upward. An upbeat, charming fable from Lobato (Just One Wish, not reviewed, etc.), pervaded by an infectious sense of joy. (Fiction/Picture book. 5-8) Read full book review >