The story of a thousand pieces

Text and illustrations by Almudena Pano

On a rainy day, a little girl decides to play football indoors at home, even though she’s not allowed to. The ball knocks a vase over… which breaks into a thousand pieces.

The girl knows that this vase was her mum’s favourite. Will she be angry? When her mother discovers what has happened, she suggests that they glue the pieces back together again, one by one. And what might seem to be an endless chore prompts the child to embark on a painstaking observation of the illustrations on the vase. They seem to tell her a story

Age : From 4 years Size : 22 x 28 cm Volume : 40 pages Price : 15.9€ ISBN : 978-2-930938-43-1 Rights sold : Available

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Almudena Pano excels in this game of slow or accelerated rhythms and in the way she presents the difficulty of rebuilding. […] Conjugating the past with the present to create the future; accepting that the future is made up of the debris of the past… this is a lovely fable and a superb album.

Danielle Bertrand – Ricochet

Author / Illustrator

Almudena Pano is a Spanish author-illustrator living in Brussels. After having oriented herself towards the artistic branch, she trained in graphic design and pursued a career in the world of advertising, which took her from Spain to Belgium. She decided to reshuffle her cards and went back to studying illustration at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels. At the same time, she and Elisa Sartori created the art collective 10eme Arte, dedicated to the creation of murals. Their works are present in the public space, as well as in shops, bars, concert halls…

Histoire en morceaux, her first book, won the Prix de la Première œuvre jeunesse de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles. She also wrote and illustrated the acclaimed comic strip Gloria (Rue de l'échiquier). With 10eme Arte, she illustrated the poet Lisette Lombé's text A hauteur d'enfant (CotCotCot) (The BRAW amazing bookshelve 2024).