The Bamboo and the Night / La noche y el bambú

Khee Kah López



Author: Khee Kah López
Illustrator: Antón Grifá
Spanish-English Translator: Lawrence Schimel


Not satisfied with the life it gets to live, the bamboo asks the night to transform it into a different being. The night will transform the bamboo into a salamander, a crane, a shark, an ant…There is always a reason to wish for a better life. But the night does not always comply with what it is asked for.


The famous narrative resource of transforming into a different creature is extended in this work by Khee Kah Lopez up to complete five different varieties, five rises in the level of satisfaction which, paradoxically, end unsatisfactoryly.
The author uses a living beings catalogue influenced by the Eastern literature in order to offer the child a fantastic-type tale and an uncertain ending. It is hard to conclude if the bamboo’s stubborn demand and its successive transformations deserve the final disappointment they have, as an excessive ambition would always lead to failure; or, conversely, understand in a positive way the bamboo’s will, whose desire for improving its own living conditions represent a legitimate and desirable attitude, despite the danger of risking and losing what it initially counted on.

Data seet

  • Original language: Spanish
  • Bilingual Spanish-English publication
  • Size: 31 x 28 x 1 cm.
  • 18 one-ink sheets coloured by hand (4 different colours)
  • No. of pages: 20
  • ISBN: 978-84-16059-06-5
  • HOURS TREE Collection

HOURS TREE Collection

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    Lawrence Schimel

  • Dancing Cowboy / El cowboy bailarín

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  • The Bamboo and the Night / La noche y el bambú

    Khee Kah López

  • The Puddle / El charco

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  • Crystal Eyes / Ojos de cristal

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  • The Cricket of Aquino / El grillo de Aquino

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  • David in the Spiral / David en la espiral

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  • One Stormy Afternoon / Una tarde de tormenta

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