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The Ash Lad

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Winner in the Young Adults' Translations category in The Best Books 2022 of Banco del Libro.

This book is a compilation of 14 Norwegian folk tales collected by Asbjornsen & Moe and published for the first time in 1841, in which the Ash Lad is the irrefutable protagonist. The Ash Lad is the little brother, the third, he is called as such because he spends his life sitting next to the hearth fire, stirring the ashes, and taking care of the fire. He is the anti-hero, he is not reckless or ambitious, but when he sets off alone, he stops to take care of those he meets, thinks things through before acting, picks up the most insignificant utensils that will later help him along the way and he is finally the winner of a small world, where the important thing is to survive and for this, it is essential to take care of each other.  

As a result of this book, our friend Julio Rodríguez Ortega, an expert psychologist in new masculinities, has written an article on the subject, which we leave you on our blog so you can read it: 


Tales collected by Asbjornsen & Moe

Illustrated by Alekos

Prologue by Ana C. Herreros

Collection: Illustrated ancient tales

Size: 28x20.5cm

Pages: 80 

Binding: Cardboard

ISBN: 978.84.949242.9.3

  (Price without VAT €21.65)

RRP €22.50 


The Biennale of Illustration Bratislava (BIB), an international competitive exhibition of original illustrations of books for children and young people, opens its 29th edition in October 2023, where it will present the best that has been created in the world of children's illustration in the last 2 years and The Ash Lad is on page 199 of the catalogue:  

Here you will find an interview to the ilustrator of the book, Alekos. In it, he talks about the elaboration of the illustrations of the books, and the past and future of illustration. He also reflects on the content and teachings of the book.

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Alexis Forero Valderrama (Bogota, 1953) is an illustrator, painter, actor and oral narrator.  He has illustrated more than 20 works, exhibited his paintings on several occasions in Brazil, Spain, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Italy, Mexico, Nicaragua, and the United States, and received awards for his work as a narrator. He has also worked in theatre and television.  

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