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The Backyards’ Book

Isabel Minhós Martins · Bernardo P. Carvalho

If you’re supersticious, don’t freak out! As soon as we open The Backyards Book, we will face a half-stray black cat – one of those that cross our paths every once in a while. His name is Sneakers and he lives in multiple gardens, picking the owner and shade that most suits the season or his feline cravings.
In this book, we are just like Sneakers. We don’t go into anyone’s home.

We follow stories that take place outside, near the lemon and loquat trees, gardens and clotheslines, tanks and mini-pools, following what’s happening in his eight backyards throughout the year.
As for Sneakers, he’s not always easy to find, because – as everyone knows – yards are small worlds with a lot of hiding places in them.

– Named for Prémio Autores SPA/RTP
– Selected by Illustrators Exhibition Bologna 
Book Fair (2011)
– Selected by Plano Nacional de Leitura
- LER/ Booktailors Prize "Best design for children and YA"
– Recommended by Gulbenkian/Casa da Leitura
– Recommended by the Portuguese National Reading Plan (Plano Nacional de Leitura)
– Selected for dPICTUS's 100 Outstanding Picturebooks exhibition, at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018

© Rights sold: Complex and Simplified Chinese

First Edition: September 2010

32 pages · 260 x 225 mm · ISBN: 9789898145246