Selected for the Santiago Ilustrado Festival – Chile, 2015
- Picture’s book
- Text + illustration
- Ediciones Jaguar
- Spanish rights sold
Dragons keep treasures. Our main character too. But one day he decided to discover what was in that trunk. So he decides to open it and he discovers a top-hat inside. Without any doubt he decides to take it. However, as soon as he starts to use the top-hat, he realizes that dragons don’t use top-hat but… why?
A surrealist story to discover the senseless of our personal tastes. A neverending picture book to play, to rhyme and to enjoy with the illogical. In addition, it is a book to invent and to ask ourselves: where did that hat come from? Who does it belong to? And those rabbits? A story that hides another story that is not told. A story to be imagining by the reader.
What do critics say about the book?
Why dragons don’t use a top-hat? is a familiar story for me. Its square shape and its colours in a white background make me feel at home. I feel confortable with Raquel Bonita’s lines. I find her “footprint” even when she doesn’t illustrate with her typical colour pencils. These illustrations have a old mature taste, like the drawings that we made when we were kids. When we stamped with potatoes on the paper. Raquel recreates this art technique with a professional touch that I don’t have.
The colorful geometric shapes form an original dragon who moves through the jungle. Each illustration is the result of a combination of triangles, squares, rectangles and circles ordered in a way that live together in a perfect harmony.
Belén – Libros10.