A big welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Toletis by Rafa Ruiz.
Toletis was originally published on 19th October 2017 by Neem Tree Press.
The trees are disappearing and the adults don’t care. Toletis, his dog Amenophis and friends Claudia and Tutan are on a mission to turn their little valley town, set deep in the mountains, lusciously green again.
The odds are stacked against them. Can they succeed …with some very unusual help?
A deep appreciation for nature, art, language, music, friendship, family, the passing of time, old age, loneliness, and the importance of sitting still and reflecting on life, pervade this exquisite story.
A must read for 7 to 107 year olds!
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A big thank you to Anne Cater and the publisher for my review copy of the book and for inviting me to take part on the blog tour.
Toletis was a beautiful book to receive and read due to the fantastic illustrations that are throughout the wonderful story.
Each chapter is a new season as we follow Toletis and his two friends, Claudia and Tutan as they try to save the world, one apple tree at a time! Toletis is a wonderful character to have narrating his adventures as he explores the nature world around him. Told through the eyes of a young child there are underlying themes that affect everyone but sound so simple told through the eyes of Toletis.
The chapter where Toletis tries to protect the trees and plants from the incoming frost by covering them with scarves and jumpers is tender and heartwarming and also brought a smile to my face – it’s the simple things that you sometimes forget about as you get older!
Throughout the book there is almost an old fashioned theme running, just natural life with no technology or mobile phones mentioned which is a refreshing change as it reminded me of a life I had as a child, just playing outside with friends. Social media wasn’t a thing and this book reminded me of this!
Although not a very long book to read, I really enjoyed being taken back to an innocent child like life.
Beautifully translated with some amazing illustrations that just add to the tender storytelling the author has brought us.
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About the Author
Rafa Ruiz is a journalist and author who believes the light at the end of the tunnel can only be seen through progressive eyes. He has a staunch commitment to culture, art and the environment, and the majority of his career has been focused on these three areas.
He spent 10 years at Spanish newspaper El Pais and 15 years at their weekly supplement, he has written numerous children’s books, and he codirects the Mad is Mad art gallery in Madrid which gives space to up-and-coming artists.
He is also one of the partner-founders of the Press Association for Environmental Information (APIA).