Maravillosas ilustraciones y un texto lleno de sorpresas y de emociones.
El Dia Magazine
Material fascinante para cualquier edad.
Gr 4-6-Originally published in London in 1999, this unique work of art has been skillfully translated into Spanish. In a short foreword, Ingpen tells readers that his story was inspired by a drawing he saw on a 400-year-old jar made by Peruvian craftsmen. This archeological specimen depicted a boy in a serpent vessel with captive pelicans pursuing a school of fish. The tale concentrates on a mythical quest undertaken by a group of five surviving Peruvianos Peludos or Hairy Peruvians-tiny, sticklike creatures with bushy manes and limbs wrapped in cloth. In fear of a capricious godly figure called El Nino ("the Boy"), they set off across the ocean in a clay tea kettle in search of a new home and land on the shores of what appears to be Australia. Along the way there are many epic battles and mythic challenges. This captivating quest tale is hauntingly illustrated with drawings that veer from the realistic to the fantastic. Shifting perspectives zoom out, showing the Hairy Peruvians as minuscule figures, and then zoom back in offering microscopic details. Incan design elements are incorporated into many of the pages. Although the text is dense and may be a challenge to middle schoolers, it will make a fascinating class project or an excellent shared read with an adult. Highly recommended for public and school libraries, private collections, and bookstores.
—Maria Otero-Boisvert, "Criticas" Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.