Each edition, the FLIC Festival chooses a selection of books that are the soul of its programming. These are the books that form part of the FLIC’s Literary Experiences, a proposal for an experiential and artistic game that we program for both family and school audiences.

This year, the theme of the 11th edition of the festival is FICTIONS. You will find the 40 books of the selection organised in the following categories: Taste the fear, Adventure time, How fun!, and To lick your fingers. 




By Silvia Borando
Edited by Minibombo

A game of continuous chainings to have fun with fear and disgust. Several animals lurk. Will the reader dare to touch, hug, or kiss them? Whoever does it is warned. An album with an unexpected and provacative outcome that would be good to translate: fear has no boundaries.

By Pauli & Kathrin Schärer
Edited by Takatuka

An album of great literary quality, whose illustrations, both realistic and expressive, seem to want to leave the book. The plot makes us think about what it means ¨to be bad.¨ The weight of the words lies in the looks of the protagonists and the reader. A risky gamble (a testament to the good work of the publisher) that has been quite successful in family reading clubs.  

By Paul van Loon & Axel Scheffler
Edited by Siruela

An edition that gathers encyclopedic knowledge about terror. A gallery of characters have been selected from original and good work of literary documentation. The book contains humour, while maintaining its informative and narrative character. A good picturebook (a category not frequented today due to the hegemony of the album) and a good example of the care put into the publisher´s catalogue. 

By Emma Reyes & Carme Solé Vendrell
Edited by Libros del Zorro Rojo

A piece of the childhood of Comombian painter and writer, Emma Reyes. A testimonial document of an era marked by poverty, from the voice of a girl who wants to laugh and play. The illustrations, full of strength and with the colours of the clay of the protagonists, splah us all, thus denouncing the vulnerability of so many boys and girls. 

By Pam Smy

Edited by Blackie Books

A graphic novel of which the illustration and text are related beyond the simple accompaniament. To fully cover this story (often interrupted by black pages that feed the suspense), we need to be vigilant about what happens versus what is shown. The illustrations (which will no doubt transport adults to Hitchcock´s universe) questions the collective imagination about orphanages. A new sample of excellent work from the publisher. 

By Hilary McKay

Edited by Pan Macmillan

A mysterious house reveals amazing secrets that are worth knowing and revealing. A story about the attempt to form a family that contains inside stories for sleeping and distant letters. The latest book by a renowned and award winning author that deserves translation, magic included. 

By Charles Perrault & Luis Gabriel Pacheco Marcos

Edited by Eldelvives

Few classic tales produce the anguish in the reader that Perrault´s tales contain: a prohibition leads each of Barbablava´s new wives to a curiosity that ends up being deadly. History has illustrated this many times, but now we can see the magnificent pictorial interpretation by Mexican Gabriel Pacheco. It´s scary!

By Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin & Giovanni Rigano  
Edited by Alianza Editorial

This comic raises a topic that is on the agenda, and shows the extent to which fiction allows us to know a reality that sometimes does not reach us through other channels. The way they approach the theme allows readers to feel close to the characters and their circumstances. Real situations that border on fear and end happily thanks to the strength of literature. 

By Jurga Vilé & Lina Itagak
Edited by SelfMadeHero

A graphic novel about the deportation of Lithuanian families to Siberia during World War II, told clearly and directly by a child, Algis, the author´s alleged father. Haiku (a word that is initiailly surprising in the title of a book like this) refers to the way the children communicate with the Japanese on the other side of the fence. A story full of literary references, sometimes endearing characters; sometimes terrifying, and with very interesting illustrations. 

By Elia Barceló
Edited by Eldelvives

Despite being a book published in 2008, it is surprising how the author´s conjectures about the future that awaits us continues to be as plausible as they are terrifying. Reading any of these seven stories is highly recommended for young and not so young people. 



By Marie Dorléans
Edited by Símbol Editors

A book full of poetry, with the silences and slowness needed to look at the details of this ride. The illustrations invite you to walk through the forest, stopping to admire the lights of the last houses, the pebbles, the leaves of the trees, the stars… The end of this journey may be predicatable, but no less satisfying. 

By Beatrice Alemagna

Edited by Combel

Full of detail, the illustrations in this book can be visited once and for all. As the colour takes on an almost symbolic function of identity, everything comes into play during this journey into the protagonist´s neighbourhood while looking for a good gift for her mother. Despite being a snake, the girl is very capable of mobilising her friends and getting what she wants with a lot of good judgement.

By Peter Van Den Ende

Edited by Libros del Zorro Rojo

An unusual album, in many ways, that tells the story of an impressive and disturbing journey. It must be undertaken several times to perceive all the details present ina book without text. It fits in this category as it represents the quintessential adventure. The black and white illustrations become a game of perception, identifying the encounters of the protagonist sailor on his paper boat. Hypnotic strokes populate the pages of this book with many possible readings. 

By Quint Buchholz

Edited by Lógez

A classic that maintains its freshness despite the years, it narrates with a lot of poetry the friendship between a painter and a child who plays the violin. The gallery of paintings, of moments, one after the other, offers new readings. A beautiful exercise to capture surreal and magical details. Very good translation from the publishing house –Lóguez– that deserves praise for their editorial effort throughout decades.

By Erna Sassen & Martijn van der Linden

Edited by Takatuka

A surprising narrative of great literary quality that is in itself a great reading adventure. it is an exceptional children´s novel in it originality in dealing with themes such as friendship, loneliness, religion, migration, or racism; also in the style of illustrations that accompany the text and meaningfully complement the narrative, going beyond editorial design. 

By Ana Juan
Edited by Libros del Zorro Rojo

A book that mesmerises the reader from the cover to the last page. It tells a fascinating story, based on real events: the extraordinary relationship that arises between a teacher – Anne Sullivan – and her student, Helen Keller, blind and deaf from birth. An adventure. And who better than this illustrator to bring it to life, starting with the cover where blindness is represented as a veil of black butterflies flying at eye level. 

By Jean-Claude Mourlevat
Edited by Nórdica Libros

An illustrated novel that constitutes a gateway fro young readers to a genre of adult readers – detective fiction: it is not easy to offer excitement and intrigue to young boys and girls. It all starts with a murder. That the protagonist is unjustly accused of being the author and must prove his innocence may seem unoriginal. what is really surprising is that protagonists are personified animals that live in a world parallel to that of humans. 

By Alex Nogués
Edited by Akiara Books

There can be no better beginning to a novel that shakes the reader than with this phrase: “[…] when I grow up I want to be useless.” Thus begins this moving narrative that progresses between arguments and reflections of the protagonist, while we see parades of characters who make his life a jounrey into freedom. A careful edition, very well illustrated. This book is a little gem that appeals to us in every way. 

By Nando López
Edited by Loqueleo, Santillana

This intricate, interesting, and fun adventure thakes us back to the Middle Ages to reflect on what it means to inherit a war. Over the course of the story, it is striking that the differnet decisions the characters make are not guided by latestosterone. The author makes it easy to reach the pre-adolescent reader, and he does it better and better.  

By Lian Hearn|
Edited by Pan Macmillan

This is the first title in the “Legends of the Otori” saga. An epic work of great literary quality – with a very Oriental theme – in which an imaginary Japan is the protagonist. Mystery, tradition, wars, espionage, initiation and love make up the plot of a story of clan struggles. We can also highlight the Spanish edition of the Alfaguara publishing house.  


By Arnold Lobel
Edited by Ekaré

A classic that fills a current gap, for its category of illustrated books for first readers or to read to children. An endearing and good-natured owl, like all the characters, is the protagonist of five short illustrated stories. Fears and joys follow one another in a play full of humour very close to boys and girls. 

By Jordi Gastó & Christian Inaraja|
Edited by Kalandraka

A book designed to provoke laughter that tries to make positive a situation that can be very annoying: what to do if you are bitten by a mosquito? The minimal text goes very well with the simple stroke illustration and is very capable of showing the expression of the character/narrator.

By Kevin Henkes
Edited Editorial Juventud

A delicate album, with text in full harmony with the illustrations, from a pastel colour palette to characters who live on the windowsill and see how time passes. A timeless tale where there is always someone else. One of those books where simplicity becomes genius. 


By Mathias Friman
Edited by Litera Libros

A story that links events after events, from the first flight of a blue fly to the appearance of a hunter in a surprising, fragrant and circular outcome. The short texts accompany the blue colour present on each double page in their jump from animal to animal. A careful edition where it is not worth losing the details of an author with an eschatological humor. 


By Mathias Friman  
Edited by Mars

Chained and circular narration starring an apple that puts fairytale characters in humorous situations. An album to make you lose your fear…to those who are scared. The illustrations, the characterisation of the protagonists, the layout of the page, the plans…make it a classic. First published in 1989, it has recently been reissued.

By Eva Janikovsky & László Rebér
Edited by Silonia

A fun and interesting way to present the world of adults by the child/narrator who explains in person their beliefs about adult life. Hailing from the Hungarian children´s and youth literature in the 1970s, this book retains its critical potential, which is why it has been republished and translated into several languages ​​since the original version. The simple outline illustration and basic colours are interwoven in the text in a very current way.

By Tomi Ungerer
Edited Blackie Books

The album catches many winks, in the style of its author, perfectly visible to those who like to entertain themselves by reading illustrations. It poses the challenge of investigating the disappearance of something much loved by the protagonist and the discovery of a new beast not recognised by the scientific community. Amazing ending to a book where every detail is a story. 

By Kate DiCamillo & K. G. Campbell
Edited by Candlewick Press

Illustrated novel, in which we discover how to cope with the changes due to two children, when these changes do not depend on them. Irony and rationality are the refuge of many feelings found, but always from humor, fantasy and tenderness. A song about literature and the need for literary references.

By Marianna Coppo

Edited by Editorial Juventud

The protagonist of this story is a funny and endearing character because of his way of dealing with what is happening to him. With great self-esteem and adaptability, it makes us think that the best is yet to come. Pay attention to the final turn that the story takes. A playbook that invites you to continue entertaining yourself after the first reading. 

By Gianni Rodari
Edited by Editorial Juventud

Good edition of this classic by Gianni Rodari, whose extremely difficult translation and adaptation constitutes a challenge that Carlos Mayor in Spanish and Teresa Duran and Txell Freixinet in Catalan have more than overcome. A “Sunday at your place” will always be very different mistakes and stories. 



By Jon Arno Lawson & Sydney Smith  
Edited by Libros del Zorro Rojo

Without a word, we go through the pages of this book from the perspective of a girl who accompanies her father. A walk through a small town, illustrated with a vigorous balck line and dotted with very well-chosen notes of colour that give more meaning to the intentions of the authors. A poetic story in which the simple and generous gesture of the girl transforms her environment. Open ending that works out in the final pages.

By Álex Nogués & Gurid|
Edited by Flamboyant

Surreal book, absolutely crazy, to die laughing. The illustrations and unusual use of color go hand in hand with the text. It would have been, without a doubt, Mafalda’s favorite story! And in the form of an album! How good it is to have stories full of magnificent twists that lead from the strictest reality to an absurd situation with a hilarious outcome!All with a lot of synthesis, and, colours, the right ones. 

By Romana Romanyshyn & Andriy Lesi
Edited by Barbara Fiore Editora

Clara shows the level of creativity that a documentary book can achieve.The result of very good documentation, this book about sound and music plays with all the elements at your disposal: words, graphics, colors, … taking you to another world, they shock you. A proposal that brings together knowledge and visual poetry. The result is amazing.  

By Malcolm Bird
Edited by Maeva

Everything we need to know about witches. Excellent and documented treatment for these very distorted characters, about whom we will now have all the documentation we need to be able to talk about them properly. A “closet” from 1984 that present and future generations must know. The current edition fully respects the original.

By Miroslav Sasek
Edited by Nórdica Libros

A 1959 classic that shows us a Paris that may no longer exist. Not a travel guide to use. The short daily narratives, contextualized in emblematic places of the city, mixed with historical characters, place the book in the current hybrid point between documentary and narrative, with winks to those who want to find other references. Its aesthetic remains as groundbreaking now as it was at the time of its publication. 

By Yael Frankel
Edited by Limonero

With a format as infrequent as it is appropriate for the space that gives it its title, this book has the charm of stories that can happen inside and outside an elevator, in which the encounter of diversity generates more adventure and fun than the exit to the street. The originality of the text, the graphic elements, the treatment of the colour, the format and the “gift” that we find at the end, make it an “absolutely great” book. P. S. A book that deserves reprints that make it more affordable in territories other than the Argentines. 

By Jennifer Z. Paxton & Katy Wiedemann
Edited by Impedimenta

A luxury of a book, to soak in bread, everything has a reason and is beautifully illustrated in detail, and at the height of all the titles in the “Visit our museum” collection. In line with the very careful books of knowledge that began to appear about five years ago as an alternative to the updated encyclopedic information we find on the internet. Here, the most up-to-date textual information is complemented by illustrations that follow the aesthetics of 19th-century field notebooks. 

By Tomi Ungerer
Edited by Blackie Books

Humor in both the questions and answers that fill the play and in the illustrations. And without a doubt, they are to reflect on the philosophical questions that children ask and the free answers that Ungerer proposes. Also noteworthy is the strip that accompanies the book, which, unlike what usually happens with this marketing element, is useful, as it contains bibliography and other interesting data about the author. 

By Britta Teckentrup
Edited by Libros del Zorro Rojo

A delicate catalogue of questions, some philosophical, some everyday, that any reader approaching this book will have faced. Grouped according to various topics, the correlation that exists between them offers some clues for the elaboration of the answer, without trying to guide any discourse. The illustrations, with a mixed technique from the collage, represent the character of the statement and can be enjoyed like someone going to an art gallery. Visual metaphors delve into the poetic and reflective nature of the book.

By Gustavo Puerta Leisse & Elena Odriozola
Edited by Ediciones Modernas el Embudo

A book deserving of the outstanding mention of this category of the selection, both for the elegance of the edition (narrative and formal) from the same cover (with the detail of each of the windows that frame a small story) and for the success of moving away from the concept of “book of emotions” to start talking about “feelings” from a complex and rigorous perspective. It does this without losing sight of the artistic quality expected of a literary work.