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One Million Oysters on Top of the Mountain

Alex Nogués / Miren Asiain Lora

While admiring a landscape, we may see trees or animals, the fading colours at sunset, the appealing shaped clouds… but we rarely pay attention to rocks. Under this premise, Alex Nogués wisely guides us through the mysteries of Geology. And we greedily follow him as we need to find an answer to the question: what are a million oysters doing on the top of a mountain?

Grant & sample translation available.

Praise for One Million Oysters on Top of the Mountain…

“Through stylish illustrations and a genuine sense of curiosity and wonder at the facts of the natural world, this title clearly and captivatingly explains geologic history for a young audience.”
New York Public Library

“A marvelous combination of scientific inquiry and wonder.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Static landscapes in cool greens and browns shift to fine-grained vignettes that illuminate an engaging, conversational back-and-forth.”
Publishers Weekly

“Nogués combines a geologist’s eye, a teacher’s cadence, and his own joy and wonder about the world to organize explanations of geologic time, fossil formation, stratigraphy, and mountain building into a puzzle to be solved.”
The Horn Book Magazine


  • Illustrations by Miren Asiain, three times selected for the Illustrators Exhibition of Bologna Children Book Fair.
  • Awarded multiple international prizes.
  • Included in the White Ravens 2020 Selection. 
  • Science rigor meets storytelling.
  • Atmospheric and precious illustrations for a thrilling and hilarious story.
  • Includes a glossary of the main concepts.
  • A must-read that will change the way you envision nature.
Title One Million Oysters on Top of the Mountain
Author Alex Nogués
Illustrator Miren Asiain Lora
ISBN (Original Version) 978-84-17749-35-4
Size and Format 24 x 30 cm - Hard Cover
Pages 48
Age Range 8+
Rights sold Complex Chinese, Simplified Chinese, English (USA & Canada), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish and Turkish.

Alex Nogués became a geologist to find answers and came across an as-yet undiscovered fossilized organism, which experts named Alexina papyracea, in honour of his name. His first book published by Editorial Flamboyant, There’s a hair in my soup, was awarded the Serra d’Or Prize (2019) and selected as one of the best children’s book by Fundación Cuatro Gatos (2019).

Author’s portrait © Sarai Alemán

Miren Asiain Lora is a multi-awarded illustrator, who has been selected in exhibitions, such as the Bologna Children Book Fair 2017, 2018, and 2019, and the New York Society of Illustrators 2019. She has been awarded the Fundación Cuatrogatos Award 2020. Her work has been translated into English, Italian and French.

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