Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Just look at this Cat!

What a treat! the F&Gs are here and Cat looks so handsome!
The book will be out on January 28th, 2014 (Dial Penguin).

Japanese edition of NO

The actual book has just arrived from Japan! with a little help from my friend Shi Ei.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Is It Big or Is It Little in the NYTimes


Opposites Attract

‘Pomelo’s Opposites’ and ‘Is It Big or Is It Little?’

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The first few years of childhood seem marked by contrasts: babies are unequivocally small, adults are unquestionably large, and the area in between goes unexplored. But a little later in child development, those stark oppositions give way to more subtle comparisons. “Pomelo’s Opposites” and “Is It Big or Is It Little?,” two stylish new books for the preschool set, play with ideas of difference in ways that are sure to provoke thought and giggles.


Written and illustrated by Claudia Rueda
26 pp. Eerdmans. $14. (Picture book; ages 3 to 6)

From "Is It Big or Is It Little?"

In “Is It Big or Is It Little?,” the Colombian author Claudia Rueda approaches opposites from a different slant. The book has a chic, graphic look: if it were an outfit, you’d be proud to wear it into Hermès. The double-page spreads are colored exclusively in an urbane palette of persimmon, glossy black, cream and putty gray; a cat, dog, mouse and a couple of ants scamper across them, telling a little story about perspective as they go.
The world looks quite different to the perpetually anxious mouse than it does to his pursuer, the prowling cat: a puddle is deep, a ball of wool is big, the yarn is long. But the addition of a bulldog is a game-changer, and in the flip of a page the cat is transformed from scary to scared. Though brief, “Is It Big or Is It Little?” is attractive, funny and filled with exciting action; you may come away from it humming the tune to “The Pink Panther.” Rueda’s resourceful mouse has something in common with that charming cartoon creature.


Acaban de llegar las primeras copias!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Los más vendidos de Mayo en la Tienda de Oz

A Veces va bien estar al lado de los monstruos!

A Veces. Ed. Oceano Travesía

From UConn's NE Children's Lit Collection blog

Claudia Rueda’s new book

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Congratulations to Claudia Rueda, Billie M. Levy Travel Grant recipient in 2009, for the new English 
translation of her 2011 book “Todo es relativo.” This one is “Is it Big or Is it Little?” and is published 
by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers.  This is a charming book for the youngest readers which 
compares concepts such as deep and shallow, long and short, and beginning and end.  
Felicitaciones, Claudia!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


The cover is ready and beautiful! The book will be out on January 24, 2014 (Dial Books).
Open for pre-orders at Amazon

Monday, June 17, 2013

Estuvimos en Rio de Janeiro

Este es el stand de Colombia en el Salón del Libro de Rio de Janeiro.

Como país invitado de honor,  Colombia ofreció una increíble exhibición de 450 títulos de literatura infantil y juvenil. 

Además, el ministerio de Cultura y la Cámara Colombiana del Libro (CCL) llevaron a diez autores e ilustradores nacionales para mostrar su trabajo y participar en el Seminario de Ilustración Infantil. Esto fue del 5 al 16 de junio en el Centro de Convenções SulAmérica, en Río de Janeiro, Brasil.

Kirkus review

A mouse flees a cat in a striking sequence of opposite pairs.
A lively rodent—so simply depicted in solid black that he is practically only ears, bright eyes and whiskers—grasps one end of what is seen on the title page to be a very large, orange ball of yarn. When the cat arrives—also solid black and all long legs, paws, tail and menacing eyes—the mouse takes off in a brief and spirited sprint through several different perspectives and their opposites. A wade through deep water for the mouse is a shallow splash for the pursuing cat. In a leap from a height, the mouse and a leaf as parachute seem light, but a row of tiny ants bearing the leaves aloft suggests the leaves could be heavy. And when the chase is nearly over, the cat having reached the mouse, the orange yarn plays a role: “Is it the end… / …or is it the beginning?” The limited palette and plenty of blank space serve to keep the story in motion: The solid black and orange forms of mouse, cat and yarn pop from the page with energy and pizzazz, while gray appears in the form of solid planes, water, rocks and the third character: a toothy bulldog.
Fun and uncomplicated as a story and concept book but sophisticated in visual impact, this is agreeably stylish graphic design for the very young.(Picture book. 2-5)

PW review

Rueda cleverly demonstrates the idea of relativity in this smart, pared-down picture book. “Is it big?” asks the opening page, as a small black mouse stares up at an orange ball of yarn. “Or is it little?” asks the next page, as a black cat appears out of nowhere, dwarfing mouse and yarn, and sending the critter scurrying. Crisp, graphic images in black, white, gray, and orange trace this literal game of cat and mouse, as a “long” dash for the mouse is shown to be a “short” leap for the cat, and the “scary” feline able to be “scared” by an even bigger threat. Ages 3–6. (July)
Reviewed on: 05/13/2013
Release date: 07/01/2013

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Alternative endings for No

First grade children create a new ending for the French edition of my book "No" (ed. Rue du Monde).  Many thanks to Pierre for making this a creative and beautiful experience.

My Little Polar Bear on Kindle!

My Little Polar Bear (Scholastic Press) is now available on Kindle at

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Same Book Four Languages

Spanish Edition (Oceano)
French Edition (Kaléidoscope)
German Edition (Gerstenberg)
English Edition (Eerdmans)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Cats, Cats, Cats!!!

Publishers Weekly - April 16
Having so much fun drawing millions of cats for Deborah Underwood's wonderful text Here Comes Easter Cat. And I will be drawing more before Christmas for a nice companion: Santa Cat. Both will be published by Dial Books for Young Readers.