Spanish Limonero/ German Baobab Books/ Portuguese María Jannarelli Estúdio Editorial/ Italian Uovonero
In Clara y el hombre de la ventana, the little girl depicted by the words of Maria Teresa Andruetto and by the artworks of debut picture book illustrator Martina Trach tells the story of the friendship between the writer’s mother and Juan, the “grey” man who lives an isolated life in a house full of books.
He lends her books, and she tells him of the world outside—about birds, plants, flowers and the stream that gives the village its name.
She discovers the magic of reading, he discovers the light of the day. Clara falls in love with the stories in the books, Juan loses his fear and conquers his freedom.
Illustrated by Martina Trach
The book is a great act of love from Andruetto to literature as an access key to freedom. Adrianna di Genova, Il Manifesto
The repertoire is so delicate and efficient that it can touch on many potentially sensitive issues (isolation, sadness, homosexuality, diversity), without any of them becoming “the subject”: it is just the story of an encounter and about the power of opening oneself up to the others. MangiaLibri, Italy