Say It urges everyone to speak their truth, to share their feelings, and get it off their chests! Whatever is on your mind, whatever is burdening your soul, SAY IT!
Our young protagonist Nika has a really big problem. She carries around a secret & wants to tell someone, though Nika is afraid people will laugh at her. Or worse, they may get angry! When she can't take it anymore, she tells her friend Hailu. The moment her truth tumbles out, the secret doesn't seem so big or unapproachable. Nika immediately feels that she can find community connection through emotional honesty—a tool all Young Readers can use in their emotional growth journey.
Say It will help children find the courage to be themselves, to take away the burden of hiding feelings and to feel they are not alone.
Diego Estebo’s illustration style—with scribbling, layering, quick linework and thoughtful color choices—reflects deep feelings that Young Readers will relate to on each page.
"I'm afraid of being misunderstood. I am afraid that people will laugh at me. I am afraid that they will get mad at me!"
"Apparently, I am not alone, it happens to many other people. Some even make songs, movies or books to talk about it so the others can feel reflected in their stories."
Diego is an illustrator, graphic designer, and visual artist. He lives in Pontevedra, a small town very close to the sea with a well-stocked library.
When he was little his favorite time of the week was when his dad would take him to the bookstore to pick out a new comic book. Now as an adult, this is still his favorite thing to do. Books are home for him.
Being an artist has allowed him to live in such amazing places as Rome, Gujarat, Cochabamba, or Buenos Aires.
When he works, he likes to combine everything he knows about illustration, graphic design, and art to experiment with colors, textures, and techniques. He often illustrates covers or stories written by others, and now he is learning to tell stories with his drawings.
This is his first book for children and he has enjoyed doing it so much that, surely, it will not be the last.