The true story of the rat that was never presumed

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Archduke Luis Salvador of Austria, a nobleman who became interested in the traditional tales of Mallorca at the end of the 19th century, was the first to write a version of the smug rat, which is not smug at all.  

Now, Ana C. Herreros has written this version in which the rat is neither presumptuous nor does he buy a bow, but instead buys a cabbage to make himself a little house, this rat that will teach us how important it is to choose well who It accompanies you on the way, because if you choose a predator, you will most likely end up being eaten.

We have published this book thanks to the publication aid of the Institut d`estudis balearics.  



Third prize 2021 for the best book published in 2020 in the category of children's and youth books awarded by the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Spain, "for the game of illustration and text on alternative pages and highlighting its quality in terms of images and its ability to transmit. 


Written by Ana C. Herreros

Illustrated by Violeta Lópiz

Collection: Books  grow

Size: 24x28cm

Pages: 96 + 1 foldout 

Binding: Cardboard illustrated album

ISBN: 978.84.949242.3.1

(Price without VAT €22.07)

RRP €22.95 


The New York Times newspaper has chosen the book The True Story of the Rat That Was Never Shown Off as one of the twenty-five best children's books of 2021.

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We are very proud to be able to tell you that in the 2022 list of "Rise: A Feminist Book Project" they have included our book in the category, for young people. List that  has been rescuing the best feminist literature for young people and children since 2002,

According to the jury: "The books on the 2022 Rise list are beacons of light in a time of uncertainty. Their stories offer hope to young people. These books invite engagement, drawing readers into critical conversations and allowing them to find their own reflected stories." in them. They're a playbook for activism."

Link to 2022 listing

Ana Cristina Herreros

Ana C. Herreros

He was born in León and his grandmother kept quiet stories. So he soon learned to listen to the silence and to love those who have no voice, those who don't count.

So much so that, years later and already an emigrant in Madrid, he began to write a doctoral thesis on the literature of those who neither write nor read. And so, researching in the oral tradition, he ended up in 1992 with oral narration.  And he began to tell, and for more than twenty years he has not been silent. Then his voice filled with ink and he began to write.  It has been translated into Catalan, French and Mexican. He has made an autistic man speak, a princess sit down to listen to his lecture and 16 6-month-old babies preferred listening to his stories to taking a bottle. Oh, if your grandmother raised her head...


With Libros de las Malas Compañías he has also published the  following  Titles:

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Violet Lopez


She was born in Ibiza in 1980, she learned her hands as an illustrator at the trade school and her head in the internships she did for the newspaper El Mundo. The workshops with Javier Zabala, Linda Wolfsgruber and Józef Wilko have also contributed to his convictions, as well as other neighboring illustrators who offer him their hand. His working life has come fast and has circulated through newspapers, magazines, self-published books and textbooks in parallel to the personal projects that he always has in mind. Violeta fills her illustrations with everything she experiences, so it will not be uncommon to find traces of music, claquet and travel in her work. Something that characterizes him is that he turns each assignment into a new challenge, where he explores both the possibilities of the project and his own.  

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