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A bear called Paddington


The author Michael Bond pass away at aged 91 last 28 June. He was the creator of the beloved children’s character Paddington Bear.

Michael Bond published his first book, A Bear Called Paddington, about the marmalade-loving bear from deepest, darkest Peru, in 1958.

The author, born in Newbury, Berkshire, in 1926, kept writing until his death. His most recent Paddington story, Paddington’s Finest Hour, was published in April.

His daughter, Karen Jankel said: “For him, writing was his life. It was wonderful he could continue writing until the end,” she said. “Because … Paddington and his other characters were so real to him, he became alive to everybody else.”

“You can tell just by reading his books what a lovely person he was. I never came across anybody who disliked my father. He was one of those people that people instinctively warmed to and he was as funny as a person and delightful as he was in his writing and as a father.”

Michael Bond created an endering and memorable character full of enthusiasm and optimism. His an icon of children’s fiction. Paddington is the Peruvian immigrant bear quirkiest but emotionally real children’s characters.

As well as Paddington, Bond created characters including Olga da Polga and A Mouse Called Thursday along with a series of novels for adults, featuring the detective Monsieur Pamplemousse.

More than 35m Paddington books have been sold worldwide, spawning toys, TV programmes and most recently the films.

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Good memories with Paddington in London. Copyright: Pilar Gallardo

Ann-Janine Murtagh, HarperCollins’s executive publisher of children’s books, said: “I feel privileged to have been Michael Bond’s publisher – he was a true gentleman, a bon viveur, the most entertaining company and the most enchanting of writers.

“He will be for ever remembered for his creation of the iconic Paddington, with his duffel coat and wellington boots, which touched my own heart as a child and will live on in the hearts of future generations. My thoughts and love are with his wife, Sue, and his children, Karen and Anthony.”

A huge thank you to Michael Bond for this sweet and wonderful legacy.
Michael Bond with his most famous creation, Paddington Bear.
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Publicado por en julio 20, 2017 en Art, Books


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“El Duende” (Cuentos Para La Ternura) de María Gallardo #Cuentosdidácticos

Bello, tierno y cargado de un hermoso significado.
Si tienen un par de minutos libres, no duden en leerlo. Les gustará.

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Esta historia ocurrió realmente y debes creer en ella ó de lo contrario no tendrá sentido que te la cuente. Ten en cuenta que también podría haberte sucedido a ti así que presta muchísima atención:

albert-edelfelt-1 Obra del pintor finlandés Albert Edelfelt (1854 – 1905)

Erase que se era una vez, hace mucho tiempo, un niño, hijo único, lo que le hacía inmensamente feliz porque sus padres se desvivían por él y de este modo andaban las cosas cuando cierto día, el cartero se apareció en el hogar de la familia con un sospechoso paquete entre los brazos envuelto en papel de regalo. Nadie sabía de dónde provenía pues no aparecía ningún remitente pero lo que sí que había era destinatario. ¿Adivinas quién? Pues resulta que el más pequeño de la casa. Sorprendido, ¿verdad? Emocionado e intrigado, el niño se apresuró a desenvolver su regalo y menuda impresión se…

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Publicado por en agosto 16, 2016 en Books, Short Story


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Laurie and Hiddleston shake hands in ‘The Night Manager’

Laurie and Hiddleston shake hands in ‘The Night Manager’

THE NIGHT MANAGER “follows former British soldier Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston) who is recruited by intelligence operative Angela Burr (Olivia Colman) to infiltrate the inner circle of international businessman Richard Onslow Roper (Hugh Laurie) and detonate the unholy alliance he has ministered between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade. To get to the heart of Roper’s vast empire, Pine must withstand the suspicious interrogations of his venal chief of staff Major Corkoran (Tom Hollander) and the allure of Roper’s beautiful girlfriend Jed (Elizabeth Debicki). In his quest to do the right thing, Pine must first become a criminal himself.”



The Night Manager is the adaptation of the acclaimed novel by John Le Carré and is directed by Academy Award winner Susanne Bier.

Premieres in the U.K. this next Sunday, February 21 at 9:00 P.M – BBC One.

A big and deserved expectation. If you have the opportunity, don’t miss it.

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Publicado por en febrero 15, 2016 en Actors, Actresses, Books, Television


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“Carmilla” Gothic novella by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu – Illustrations Ana Juan

“Carmilla” Gothic novella by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu – Illustrations Ana Juan

The name of the Spanish illustrator Ana Juan has appeared in my blog several times. This great artist with a huge international presence has collaborated, among many other publications, with the New Yorker for who has made several covers.

Besides her work on the editorial side, she has illustrated children’s books and adult. Red Riding Hood, Snow White or Essential Tales of Guy de Maupassant or Mr. Wakefield are wonderful examples about her talent. In 2013, Fondo de Cultura Economica in Mexico published masterpiece of Sheridan Le Fanu, Carmilla, illustrated by Ana Juan.

Carmilla - Cover by Ana Juan

Carmilla is a Gothic story written by the Irishman Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. The author of many stories of horror and mystery was based on the story of the famous countess Elizabeth Bathory to create this short novel which immerses us in a story where the mystery, horror and eroticism is mixed.
The new edition of this seductive classic Gothic book borne by the Siruela publishing and goes on sale on 14 October, at least in Spain. This edition features more of 30 amazing and masterfully illustrations of Ana Juan,

Here are some of them:

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Publicado por en noviembre 17, 2015 en Books, Ilustration


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The dark and wonderful world by Lorenzo Mattotti

The dark and wonderful world by Lorenzo Mattotti

LORENZO MATTOTTI was born in Italy in 1954 and he’s an Italian comics and graphic artist living in Paris. After studying architecture, he decided to devote himself to comics and is recognised today as one of the most outstanding international exponents of the art.  His works have been published in the most important magazines and his books are translated all over the world. From “Il signor Spartaco”, “L’uomo alla finestra”, “Stigmate””Ligne fragile”, and many other works, up to “Fires” and “Murmur” published by Penguin Books in 1993,For children he has illustrated “Pinocchio” by Collodi, “The Pavilion on the Links” by Stevenson and has published “Eugenio” that had the Grand Prix of Bratislava in 93.



Mattotti has also worked in the fashion world, reinterpreting the models of the most famous fashion designers for “Vanity” magazine. He has carried out advertising campaigns and has illustrated the cover of such magazines as The New Yorker, Le Monde and Suddeutsche Zeitung. In 1995, the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome and The Frans Hals Museum in Harlem dedicated an anthology to him. He realized many important posters: Cannes 2000 – “Lire en Fête” “La Marie de Paris”. Recently he worked in the Film “Eros” of Wong Kar Way – Soderbergh et Antonioni, he creates the segments within the three episodes.


“Doing fashion illustrations is part of my work, but for me it’s all about women,” Lorenzo Mattotti, the artist behind this week’s cover, says.


Definitelly, he’s recognized as one of the most outstanding international exponents of comics art. Mattotti won an Eisner Award for his graphic novel Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. He collaborated with Lou Reed in re-imaging Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven.




In 2014, Lorenzo Mattotti colaborate with Neil Gaiman who written with a devastating spareness an new version of “Hansel and Gretel”, fearsomely illustrated in shades of black by Mattotti. This newest version of “Hansel and Gretel” astonishes from start to finish. The book itself is a gorgeous and carefully made object, with a black floral motif on its pages’ decorated borders, along with abundant red drop caps and tall, round gray page numbers. (Published by Toon Books, the New Yorker art director Françoise Mouly’s venture into richly illustrated books for children, it comes in two formats, with an oversize one that includes an afterword about the evolution of the tale.)

And they lived happily ever after. Credit From "Hansel & Gretel"

And they lived happily ever after. Credit From “Hansel & Gretel”


Other works of this matchless artist:



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Publicado por en octubre 24, 2015 en Art, Books, Ilustration, Painting


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Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens
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Publicado por en mayo 1, 2015 en Books


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Un encuentro con Víctor Ros, el detective de la España del Siglo XIX


Víctor Ros es el detective más famoso de la convulsa pero hermosa España del Siglo XIX. Este maravilloso personaje literario ha sido creado por la mano del escritor murciano Jerónimo Tristante, profesor de  Biología y Geología de educación secundaria, muy activo en las redes sociales y siempre dispuesto a un acercamiento a sus fieles lectores. En el año 2001 publicó su primera novela, Crónica de Jufré. Sus obras han sido traducidas al italiano, al francés y al polaco.


El escritor Jerónimo Tristante

En palabras del autor, Víctor Ros es mi particular homenaje a mi personaje de ficción favorito que es Sherlock Holmes. Entiendo su admiración, ¿quién no se ha dejado cautivar alguna vez por esa pasión enfermiza por resolver crímenes, demostrando habilidades fuera de lo común que posee el Sr. Holmes? Sin embargo, el detective Ros poco tiene que ver con su colega británico. Jerónimo Tristante ha creado durante cuatro novelas (“El misterio de la Casa Aranda”, “El caso de la viuda negra”, “El enigma de la calle Calabria”, “La última noche de Víctor Ros”) a un personaje apasionado, con grandes y honestos principios morales acerca del bien y el mal, un hombre del pueblo llano, hijo de un arriero que vivió huérfano por las calles de Barcelona hasta que un policía le acoge en su casa y le encauza por el buen camino.Víctor Ros es un hombre que cree en el avance de la ciencia y resuelve sus casos con ayuda de las técnicas forenses más rompedoras, acompañado de su fiel equipo de la Brigada Metropolitana.

  “Víctor Ros es un personaje radicalmente positivo, que hace siempre lo correcto y que tiene por objetivo cambiar la sociedad”- Jerónimo Tristante

El actor Carles Francino como Victor Ros - TVE

El actor Carles Francino como Victor Ros – TVE

En este mes de Enero, TVE emite una miniserie de 6 episodios basada  en las novelas homónimas de Jerónimo Tristante, El estupendo actor Carles Francino da vida con brillantez al detective Víctor Ros. Sin duda, merece la pena seguir los pasos de este personaje ya sea a través de la literatura o, como ahora, en la pequeña pantalla.

Un placer habernos encontrado, Sr. Ros.

VICTOR ROS – TVE + MOVISTAR TV / Press Trailer producida por New Atlantis (Grupo Secuoya) para TVE y MOVISTAR TV.

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Publicado por en febrero 1, 2015 en Actors, Books, Television


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