Shola and the Lions by Bernardo Atxaga, Mikel Valverde


Shola and the Lions by Bernardo Atxaga, Mikel Valverde

So... Shola wagged her tail doubtfully, if I'm a lion, why does Grogoinsist on calling me a mere mutt? Shola is sure that her noble nature and ambitions of grandeur mean only one thing - that she is, in fact, not a dog but a lioness. To the bemusement of her long-suffering owner, Senor Grogo, she sets off to prove her heroic status to the world (and to herself). If only those pesky ducks, nonchalant cats and tempting snacks weren't there to stand in her way...The Adventures of Shola was an Independent Children's Book of the Year 'Fabulous...will make you laugh your socks off' Guardian Children's Books 'Shola is a charming, short creature stuffed with charisma and fierce ideas, and so is the book about her' Bookbag


[A] delightful tale... Valverde's illustrations seep softly into Atxaga's lyrical text Children's Books Ireland

About the Author

Bernardo Atxaga is an award-winning Basque author of both adult and children's books. His most notable works include Two Brothers, Obabakoak, and Seven Houses in France. His books have been translated into 32 languages. Born in Vitoria-Gasteiz, the prize-winning writer and illustrator Mikel Valverde studied at the Fine Arts Faculty of the Basque Public University, where he started creating comics, and illustrations for his own stories. One day he met Bernardo Atxaga in the neighbourhood where they both lived, and so began both their friendship and their working relationship. They have published several books together since then, in addition to the Shola stories.

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56 pages


Bernardo Atxaga, Mikel Valverde
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Publication date

26th March 2015



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Pushkin Children's Books is an imprint of Pushkin Children's Books


Pushkin Children's Books was launched in 2013 to share tales from different languages and cultures with younger readers, and to open the door to the wide, colourful worlds these stories offer. From picture books and adventure stories to fairy tales and classics, and from fifty-year-old bestsellers to current huge successes abroad, the books on the Pushkin Childrens list reflect the very best stories from around the world, for our most discerning readers of all: children. Twitter @PushkinPress

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