Madrid, Spain 1954. He is the illustrator behind one of the most famous characters in Spanish children’s narrative: Manolito Gafotas, which has been translated into more than eighteen languages. His other work has been successfully published in Latin America, Korea, Spain,the USA, Finland, France, Holland, England, Italy and Japan. As a writer and illustrator he has published, among other works, Hilda, das riesenschaf (Bohem Press, 1994); La selva de Sara(Edelvives, 2003); Marina (Anaya, 2004) and Kroko und der mond (Bohem Press, 2006). Emilio Urberuaga (Madrid, 1954) has been illustrating children’s picture books since 1982, his works are funny and full of good humour. His characters are empathic, like the famous Manolito Gafotas, they are also kind and clever. In 2011 he has won the National Illustration Prize in Spain. His books have won many prizes and have been translated into many languages.
Darkness, the desert and the mountain: all of this makes me small, and all of this makes me big. The sweet story of a boy who feels how small he is compared to the rest of the world and how he is always able to overcome any obstacle.