The trees are disappearing and the adults don’t care. Toletis, his dog Amenophis and friends Claudia and Tutan are on a mission to turn their little valley town, set deep in the mountains, lusciously green again. The odds are stacked against them. Can they succeed …with some very unusual help? A deep appreciation for nature, art, language, music, friendship, family, the passing of time, old age, loneliness, and the importance of sitting still and reflecting on life, pervade this exquisite story. A must read for 7 to 107 year olds!
Toletis is available in paperback now. You can purchase your copy using the link below.
Toletis is a beautifully written, magical book that my six year old and me loved reading together.
The book includes 12 tales following Toletis through the different seasons. Toletis is wonderful little boy who is able to see all the magic in the world. The vivid descriptions of the natural world were fantastic and made me smile. It has made both of us appreciate the things we see on walks and has led to some lovely discoveries and discussions between us.
The gorgeous illustrations that accompany the story help bring the story to life and kept my two eldest children busy for ages as they flicked through looking at them. They are big, bright and beautiful with some of the drawings being over two pages. They are all relevant to the story and my six year old could actually tell the story to his sister purely from them.
The book is described as being for children from seven years old, which I agree with though my son found some of the words a little hard at times. Older children would also appreciate the deeper meaning behind the story but my kids still loved the imagery the book provokes. This was a fabulous book to share with my kids at bed time and has quickly become one of our firm favourites. It has obviously stuck in my son’s mind as he often mentions it and talks about it when we are outside. I will be recommending this book to all my friends and look forward to reading more from him in the future.
Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Neem Tree Press for my copy of this book which has become a permanent fixture on my son’s bookshelf.
About The Author:
Rafa Ruiz is a journalist and author who has a staunch commitment to culture, art and the environment. He spent 25 years at Spanish newspaper El País and is a partner-founder of the Press Association for Environmental Information (APIA). He has written numerous children’s books, and he codirects the Mad is Mad art gallery in Madrid which gives space to up-and-coming artists. He is one of the partner-founders of the Press Association for Environmental Information (APIA).
About The Illustrator:
Elena Hormiga is an illustrator with a sense of humour. She studied and worked as an engineer and later turned to illustration.
About The Translator:
Ben Dawlatly took an MA in Hispanic Studies and Translation Theory at UCL. He translates both technical and literary texts. However, his real calling is in fiction and poetry.