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About the Author
Carlos Vélez Aguilera is an editorial illustrator and comics artist who has illustrated more than twenty children’s books, and is the author-illustrator of the graphic novel Salón Destino. He has been recognized with two illustration awards in the catalogue for the International Children's and Youth Book Fair in Mexico. Carlos lives in Mexico City.
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Across from the stove, there is a big glass tank filled with lobsters. They are speckled creatures with long antennas and lots of warts on their legs. They all have funny names like Don Quixote, Superman, Hannibal, King Arthur and Genghis Khan...I can spend hours and hours watching the lobsters moving slowly along the bottom of the tank. They are as ugly as giant iguanas, except they live underwater.When I press my face against the glass, I am sure they know I am there. Yet they never react.Only Genghis Khan comes up to my face. He stares at me through his small round eyes. He never blinks.He is definitely the king. He climbs on the backs of the other lobsters and sticks his antennas all the way out of the water. It’s as if he’s using them to breathe. Maybe his antennas are like submarine periscopes.What is he looking for? Maybe he is using them to try to find me.
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