Les Farfelus - Les Fourmis Rouges

Les Farfelus, by Miguel Tanco

It is hard to spot a Gentle Rascal among ordinary people. The Gentle Rascals look just like ordinary people, but if you pay careful attention, you will see that they are different…

In this highly sensitive picture book, you will find out that Gentle Rascals pay attention to little things, that they talk to plants, that they laugh out loud even when they are on their own, and that they support both teams in a game… Because Gentle Rascals live slightly aside, at their own pace, and going their own way.

Editions : Les Fourmis Rouge, 2016; 1st Edition sold out- open for a  new edition on French market 
Other editions: Korean If you are an international publisher interested on this book click here: I WANT TO SEE A COMPLETE PDF


  • 🏆ASSOCIATION of ILLUSTRATOR of Los Angeles 50 2016
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Spectacle Musical for kids based on the book in France:



“The Farfelus spontaneous celebration, all those who have chosen to take and live as they see fit. It’s an album about small pleasures, those who make themselves happy, but also the other. Between us I am willing to bet that this is the favorite book of Amélie Poulain.”


You will perhaps know it, but I really like the editions of the Red Ants . Each publication is the opportunity of a nice surprise, funny or poetic, sometimes both. With The Wacky , the house is no exception to the rule by making us discover the delicious Miguel Tanco .

For this small album, Spanish illustrator decided to honor the wacky , these characters soft heart that our world need. Page after page, he describes their qualities (somewhat convoluted or downright chewable) with very simple sentences, which will make us all think of someone we know well …

The images of Miguel Tanco, falsely naïve, are a simply astounding accuracy. Sure, this man must be a little magician to give birth this way, with a few pencil strokes, characters that one would think they have lived a lifetime there, laid on the paper, good warm between two pages.

The album reads right side up, upside down, to leaf through, lends, offers, extends at will … but the real feat of Miguel Tanco, is to have created an album never fails to smile and tenderness than most contagious. Thank you and congratulations, Mr. Tanco, for that nugget!

Milk Magazine


“…With  line drawings in a color palette simple (yellow, blue and brown), Miguel Tanco stressed the importance of being different , sensible or eccentric and to be able to live in his own way , even in offbeat . At MilK, we fall for these poetic illustrations and finesse for this story infinitely sensitive .”


A hymn to optimism, tenderness, the daily pleasures who drop the smile, those little things that make life easier – an ode to joy ! What about others? If not thank you, thank you and thank you for this essential album, treasure , which we just whispers at your ear, do not be afraid to be ourselves, laugh only when it suits us anddance dance virevoltons do live our inner child time to time a dance of a lifetime .

” The world will always need wacky bleeding heart … “

Miguel Tanco thank you, thank the Red Ants, a thousand times thank you !”


“The wacky entitled to their album and it’s beautiful! You turn the pages googly eyes before drawing while sensitivity Miguel Tanco, a silly grin spread over his face. We love the outset that big hard tattooed caressing a lonely dog, this child away from the group to embrace a tree, couple embracing dance just because it feels good, this man who puts his step in the footprints left by other on the wet sand, the eccentric who always choose the other path …

Yes, we love the wacky, the marginalized, those beings not like the others who seem to live in a vibrant and colorful bubble. A poetic album with undeniable charm, a true hymn to happiness and small joys of everyday life … ♥ Blow of heart! ♥”


“Let the world be populated with wacky: small, large; over and over again! A fresh album, committed (as is so well publish the Red Ants !!!) shows (and demonstrates) that the world would not be what it is (…) it was inhabited more “wacky” (I want to say it like that ^^) … You know those people who make great strides not to crush p’tites corny; those people who take advantage of every moment of the present moment to testify to the life she is beautiful and precious. Because it is thanks to them, these weirdos then, that the world is so interesting, surprising, and love.

Thank you to Miguel for this beautiful album full of humanity, Ants for this beautiful book, this format that makes you want to snuggle up against you and offer it to all!”


The wacky is a soft album – all surprising that celebrates sensitive, original, those who do not follow the path mapped out and those who open their eyes. Long live the watchful, the VIVE wacky ! Long live life a bit different, long live the tiny pleasures like to reassure a plant or a tree, kissing …

The drawings the author’s fine features go hand in hand with the text sensitivity and respect, The wacky is a pretty nice album!”


“Everything in blue and yellow, this album is a rare delicacy.

The text and illustration are complementary, so that you will grasp the reach of one or the other if you look at them without stop there: put your wacky side discover every detail of these drawings that have so much to say. A poetic album

that celebrates the little quirks that we all need! “


“These people have curiously, they appear different, there is a little wacky. True, they always take a different path, laugh even when they are alone, and dance whenever they want.But you need to know is that wacky, often also have a big soft heart: they dream, embrace the trees and walk hand in hand. But who are they, these people who are not like the others?Response to the new album illustrated by Miguel Tanco, which makes a nice tribute to the so-called eccentric, wacky those without whom the world would be much less gay and poetic.”


“The world would be so much better if we were all wacky … Miguel Tanco presents these people big heart, that illuminate the lives of all by a gesture, a word. A poetic album, adorable and full of common sense, that is good. Here in the library as in the books, we are amazed!”


“This album is remarkable, because to put it in the hands of a child, or an adult, it is to say to him “You have the right to be generous, to be different,  you have the right to be you You have the right to show yourself as you are, “for being nice, in the end, is not it to trust the other and offer him a small piece of his universe?

An album that does good, tender, funny and offbeat, which pays tribute to gentleness and encourages to benevolence and compassion, fashionable Farfelus .”

“They are sensitive and whimsical beings, sometimes a little eccentric too, who live in their bubbles, a bubble out of time and the gaze of others, a beautiful lesson borne by the simple line and the palette of reduced colors of Miguel Tanco.

A light work that helps to better understand the differences and sensibilities of each and to appreciate their riches.”

Librerie Monet

“Dedicated to the father of the author,” this farfelu with the tender heart that always whistled while dancing “, this work of a grandiose simplicity of Miguel Tanco is a hymn to all the sensitive souls who live of the little pleasures daily and which ‘ Are continually rediscovering the world around them. You know them, it is these people who comfort plants and who always take the least traveled way to go everywhere. Or those who laugh or sing whenever they like! This book is intended for both those who love life and those who come alongside them! Leafing each time you feel marabout or dreamy, this book will give you a smile and a balm to the heart. “(CB)


A little preview and thoughts about “Les Farfelus” are shown with some original art on the catalog and exhibit of 33 Mostra Internazione d’illustrazione di Sarmede at the section Planetarium.
I wanted to do a book about special people doing little things, so i made a list of people and asked myself why they were so special .     For me, it turns out were little things, eccentricities, natural behaviour what made them special. My father was a beautiful person, really a wonderful man, he achieved so many things but one thing that I find unique about him was that he whistled while he dance, so I don’t know if he was a good person because he whistled or the opposite but I think they are related. He was a farfelus.     I did a list and designed characters that for one reason or other were farfelus, They are people with something special. They are not connected, they are kids, artists, lawyers, retired men and women, photographers, fishermen, street cleaners or waiters. The only thing in common is to be a little off with the world and be able to live in his own way, even in offbeat; they are weirdos to others people’s eyes and his/her appearance is misleading. That’s is the glue that put together the book. The quality that has to have a farfelus are unknown ,and we have to discover it ourselves knowing the person and understanding his/her behaviour. Some of the character I discovered the reason why they were farfelus , others remains still a mystery to me.     I drew a lot of them and some became clear that they will be in the book ,I placed them in their natural context and their actions were revealed.     The selection for the book between all the characters is tricky because not every farfelus has a good visual image that can be shown reflecting their personality. It could be easier to explain it on words that to show it visually. For example, a real character that I drawn was Vivian Maier, a professional photographer that did beautiful photos but never showed a single photo to anyone ; That was an eccentricity that was worth a place in the book, but there’s not any interesting image ( or I couldn’t find it) that can show this fact. So I kept the concept and searched for a similar fact but with a different character, I found it with a group of musicians that are playing with no one watching, is the same concept but with a good visual image to show. In same cases they have a good image directly , like the fisherman that is happy when his grandson is catching a bigger fish than his..

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