Thirteen days to fix dad: My first illustrated book

Thirteen days to fix dad / Trece días para arreglar a papá

My very first illustrated book is already here! Thanks to the trust placed in me by Mariché Gómez, publisher from Ediciones Diquesí, and this wonderful story by Chiki Fabregat. Thirteen days to fix dad is an illustrated book for children (written in Spanish) in which I am the illustrator for the front cover and illustrations inside.

Trece días para arreglar a papá - Book Cover

Trece días para arreglar a papá – Book Cover

When I read Thirteen days to fix dad for the first time I felt this was the perfect project for me to start as a children´s book illustrator. I felt a connection with the story and I could work freely to express the world I imagined throughout the book.

I identified with some of the characters of the story, especially with the main character Zir, the crystal boy.

Trece días para arreglar a papá - Illustration - Lud and her birds

Trece días para arreglar a papá – Illustration – Lud and her birds

I was fascinated by Lud and her birds.

Trece días para arreglar a papá - Illustration - Lud´s bird

Trece días para arreglar a papá – Illustration – Lud´s bird

Also Zir and Jaya´s friendship captivated me, unavoidably.

Trece días para arreglar a papá - Illustration - Zir and Jaya inside the forest

Trece días para arreglar a papá – Illustration – Zir and Jaya inside the forest

In other words, you will find an incredible adventure in another world, just next to ours, inside this book. Where the crystal people lives and very brave children courageously fight for their dreams and face their fears. Surrounded by birds. Beware of the butterflies.

Dear reader, do you dare to join Zir, Jaya and Lud in this journey through this other world?

Trece días para arreglar a papá - Illustrated Children Book

Also available in Amazon

You will find this amazing story at your local bookstore.

(Also with international distributors through the publisher house.)

My SCBWI Experience at Bologna Children´s Book Fair 2018

Bologna Book Fair 2018 Illustrator´s Exhibition

Bologna Book Fair 2018 Illustrator´s Exhibition

Every year I go to Bologna Children´s Book Fair makes me feel different, because I try to go with different plan and goal and this make me have particular experiences from one year to another.

This was my first year as Regional Advisor at the stand for the Society of Children´s Book Writers and Illustrators and it was a so rewarding experience. I think I worked harder than other years, but I went back home very happy.

I helped with some activities at the stand but the most important goal to achieve was communicating SCBWI as much international as we can, welcome members that went from all around the world: US, Singapore, Russia, Luxembourg, Germany, UK, Australia, Italy, Indonesia, and the list could continue for so long!

Talks at the Illustrator´s Café Bologna Children´s Book Fair 2018

Talks at the Illustrator´s Café Bologna Children´s Book Fair 2018

Manuel Marsol Illustrator Exhibition at Bologna Children´s Book Fair

Manuel Marsol Illustrator Exhibition at Bologna Children´s Book Fair

Sharing experience with more veteran Scbwi partners is so important because you can learn so much from them. They are so kind and generous people. They gave me value advice for my personal work and my volunteering as RA at Scbwi Spain.

SCBWI Illustrator´s Duel at Bologna Children´s Book Fair

SCBWI Illustrator´s Duel at Bologna Children´s Book Fair

At a personal level I had the chance to do a showcase at the stand and it was a surprise for me in a very good sense, because I found it as a very interesting way for sharing your work. I was doing a live painting and people were so interested in my work process and my illustrated products.

Ale Diaz Bouza live painting at the SCBWI Showcase

Ale Diaz Bouza at the SCBWI Showcase

We designed and printed some notebooks as a promotional gift from Scbwi Spain members to publishers and agents. We really feel that this initiative was great because we got wonderful response from them.

Scbwi Spain Team giving Notebook to SCBWI´s founder Lin Oliver

Scbwi Spain Notebooks

And of course, there is always time for relaxing and enjoying the city and sometimes do day off at lovely cities like Venice. Dinners at Italy are delicious, and gelatos are so so yummy.

Venice sightseeing from Ponte degli Scalzi

Getaway at Venice

Bologna City at sunset

Bologna City

Finally, I should like to tell you about a fantastic interview I have the privilege to do with my Scbwi partners about the fair for Cynsations blog. I will put the link here as soon as they published the intervien, for sure! If you are interested you are welcome to reed it!