The Riddles of the King of the Sea
Buchmann Editions. Madrid, Spain
Author: Paloma Ulloa.
Illustrator: Claudia Moya
Format: 24 x 32 cm, 32 Pages
The King of the Sea is furious because he is bored, no one in the whole court can understand him, neither the buffoon fish, nor the juggling octopus, nor the dolphin orchestra. That would not be so terrible if it were not because the island that is next to the Royal Palace had to suffer the consequences of the storms that rises everytime the King loses his temper. So Daniel, an adventurous and intelligent child, decides to challenge the King and in this way arises the Feast of Riddles.
For our Around the World in Picture Books Giveaway for October, here is a beautiful picture book from Spain!
Here are some lovely illustrations from this book:
Latin American countries certainly produce very beautiful picture books. Do you know, Oyez!Books will be publishing a book from Brazil. The original language is Portuguese but we will be publishing it in Bahasa Malaysia. This is due out next year. Here is an illustration from the book, Na Janela Do Trem - Through the Window of A Train.
Q2: How much research did you do to write this book?
Quite a lot but thankfully everything was in her memoir (which is called 'No Dram of Mercy'). I also took a trip to Papan with my family to have a look at her house at No. 74, which is the title of this book. It was really fun. My kids and I snuck around her house and pretended to be rebels who used to knock on her back door!
Q3: Where do you like to work?
I'm not one of those writers who can work in cafes and with other people.I only really like to work alone at home, in my special writing den, with the door shut and the curtains drawn. Yes, I like to write alone in the dark...
Q4: What are you working on now?
Lots and lots of things. The next Door Under the Stairs book will be about how tin was discovered in Perak by... elephants! I will also have a new picture book out called 'Chickaboo the Ostrich'. This book was inspired by the ostrich who was found running down the Federal Highway back in June this year and it's going to be illustrated by the great Lim Lay Koon! I can't wait for that one.
Preorder The Case of The House At No. 74 now at a SPECIAL preorder price and get great savings as well as a free notebook! The book will be available for delivery from 15th October.