Picture books are territories where anything may happen...
In picture books, images and words go hand in hand, working together to bring us a message or to tell us a story.
Look for them, one by one.
As a kid I wanted to become an endfixer, that is someone who fixes the ends of things. Because stories often stumble upon a bad end... at the best part.
While we’re growing up, we learn something new every day. An emotion, a joke, a sound, a flavour. One day we dive, the next day we discover a new place. Sometimes we win, sometimes we lose. In this adventure of being and growing, every experience counts.
The great concert is scheduled for next week, but the members of the orchestra have disappeared without a trace.
Luckily, it’s not so serious... It looks like they’re all enjoying their holidays and the maestro has even been receiving some nice postcards, giving him hints of where his dearest musicians might be: the violinists went to Tokio, the harpist is in Porto, the trumpeters in Rio de Janeiro, the flutists in Abidjan…
A tree is waiting, hopeful.
What is she waiting for?
For the right day to release her seeds.
A day that is just right, a day that is the day!
Being a foreigner in a far far away country isn’t easy. Being happy for ever after isn’t easy either. The queen of this story knew that. She was sad for so long that the king began to be seriously concerned. The king was used to command his troops and to fight enemies with his sword, but this time he had no one to fight with.
What was this illness that drained every strength from the queen? And how should he fight it?
A journey is a story. And a story is a journey, isn’t it?
Behind the wheel of this book, readers will decide their destiny and how do they want to travel: taking a short walk or going on a long expedition?
Is looking the same as seeing? Is seeing the same as noticing?
Do we always see the same way or does our sight change accordingly to what our eyes find every moment?
Do not find strange if you stumble upon some scribbles or some stickers and drawings among the pages of this book – a little sister has been here... and has left a trail of destruction along the way.
In the beginning of the world (back when everyone walked without carrying anything with them), a bear stops next to a fig tree with his mind set on eating his favourite fruit.
In this world
mice chase cats,
hares hunt the hunters,
cars fly through the skies
aeroplanes float on the sea,
penguins live in the tropical jungle
and crocodiles in the icy polar waters!
Gonçalo M. Tavares met Andersen (as a boy) and together they created a whole new dictionary. After reading it, our view of things as apparently mundane as a wardrobe, a chair, a toothbrush or a submarine will change forever.
A family moves to another country in search of a freer place where all children can go to school.
Some people resist to sleep with all their strength.
And we can understand why... it is so good being awake!
We have all noticed it: time keeps ticking, and ticking, and ticking...
And we keep going along with it, running through everything and anything.
Time changes us. It changes things around us. It transforms everything.
With time, we understand this.
Each time a second crosses the world (always running, always in a hurry), millions of things happen. Here, there, everywhere…
This is an unexpected book where two stories go in different directions: on one side, a firefly is looking for a small light; on the other, a rabbit runs madly.
Manuela Castro Neves is a lifelong teacher.
Throughout her experience she made up several rhymes inspired by mathematical concepts. In these short stories, math functions as a kind of motto for the author’s own entertainment and the entertainment of all readers.
Ricardo was born on a planet in danger: forests were disappearing, oceans were polluted, there were problems with water and energy, and there were hundreds of species in danger of extinction. Ricardo really did worry and he tried to set an example... until the day when he realized that people around him seemed to live on another planet.
Once there was an Island. It was neither great nor small, it was the size of a standard island.
One day, a boat with people from the continent arrived and from then on the islanders wanted only to be like their visitors.
And so began the construction of a bridge: a bridge so large, that it would need all the stone from the mountain, all the wood from the forest, and all the sand from the beach...
What will be left at the end?
It’s obvious that our parents and our teachers want the best for us.
But sometimes they are so worried about teaching us stuff that they forget the importance of taking us to see the ducks or helping us to ride a bike.
On earth, we aren’t the only ones who travel long distances. Many birds, fish and mammals migrate hundreds of miles in search of food, of warmer climates or of good places to have their young.
It’s not just the incredible distances these creatures travel, it’s the way they do it that makes us slow down and think…
Each morning brings us a new day to open and unwrap.
This is a book of days and happenings, a book that stirs memories.
Apart from very a few exceptions, no one can answer this question with absolute certainty.
Where do we go when we disappear? takes advantage of this lack of clear answers and throws out new possibilities — colorful and poetic, serious and nonsensical — that’s how it lightens a usually somber topic.
Billy has a problem (unfortunately quite a common one) — he is extremely difficult to please. His father tries hard, he shows him the most amazing things, but Billy always answers with a weary shrug, "Whatever!"
“We all do everything” disposes of words and instead becomes a game. The illustrations show different characters – men, women, young and old – engaging in a wide variety of activities. The split pages mean that, upon turning the separate parts, readers are able to make different combinations. It is possible to see all characters doing everything, meaning that, at least in this book, there are no prejudices or preconceived ideas. Everyone can do everything: grandparents go surfboarding, fathers hang out the washing, mothers do odd jobs, everything happens naturally.
A chicken is known for being a silly, ugly bird.
They say a chicken doesn’t fly or sing, she just scratches and cackles and poos everywhere (and that’s true).
But the truth, the real truth is told in this book…
A wordless picturebook can be a disconcerting object.
There are no words on the pages and readers, who are used to the presence of a text that leads them by the hand, may feel rather lost (a bit like when we get to a beach and look for the best place to sit). It’s possible that upon opening this picturebook, some readers will ask worriedly, "What can we do with this book?"
We are surrounded by a large family — parents, siblings and grandparents, as well as neighbours, teachers and friends — when the boy in this book discovers that his extended family has taught him all the simple and complicated things he knows, he decides to thank them all. "Thank you to everyone!" he shouts.
One day somebody leaves an umbrella on the bus.
A passenger uses it to fend off a pickpocket and this is the prelude to all sorts of adventures. At the end of the day, and after many twists and turns, the umbrella ends up where we least expect to find it.
Hair is not an easy thing:
If you have straight hair, you’d rather it was curly.
If you have dark hair, you think blondes are more beautiful.
If you have short hair, you want it to grow quickly…
Mila, the hairdresser in this book, understands all this and is able to surprise her clients with the fanciest of transformations.
But one day, a small tragedy happened inside the walls of the her salon..
A city full of signs, directions and mandatory turns.
A boy that lives his days amongst the arrows, never daring to deviate from his course.
And a revolutionary idea that invades his thoughts and makes him one day venture out...
A book for all those who like to travel to unexplored places and who are not afraid of getting lost.
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.
What can this strange word mean?
Is it the name of a fish with crooked eyes? EXCHANGESCOPE
Or is it what we call someone who is constantly changing their opinion?
None of that.
What does a girl do with a tangerine in her hand?
She smells it, tastes it, tries it...
It’s a one and only event (the girl has never tasted anything like it before) and, so, everyone comes to watch.
Will she like it?
In comic books, each square tells a little piece of the story.
In this book, which is not a comic book, or anything like it, each square (made of cloth) also has a story to tell.
We may not hear its ticking, but the truth is that clocks are around every corner. From morning to bedtime, they go on, relentlessly, measuring time, making us run or wait even when we less feel like it. Outside, time “goes through a counting machine”; inside, time is elastic and all kinds
of jokes, thoughts and rides fit in it.
But it is not always easy to go at the right pace... so, “fast” and “slow” are two words that this child hears often throughout the day.
Under the same roof a considerable number of body parts come together: heads, hands, feet, bones, teeth, strands of hair and even boobies. Together they trigger episodes, habits and obsessions, problems even... and they just love getting together for a party.
The boy in this book often goes out for a stroll with his grandfather.
It’s not about a walk in the company of each other, but something quite different.
The old road and the new road.
Two possible routes to reach the same destination.
Two almost parallel journeys, each one with its own adventure.
Who drove the most kilometers?
Who got there the fastest?
Who had the most surprises on the way?
There are many ways to tell a story. And one way is without words, in silence, listening to the sound of the sea.
In this book, the images follow the movements of a day at the beach that ends in a totally unexpected way…
A book for those who like…
to sharpen their tongue...
to roll their tongue...
to bite their tongue...
to stick out their tongue…
to know more than their mother tongue…
A missing boot leaves two friends talking to each other.
It is a perplexing conversation that almost makes us dizzy!
Talk amongst friends is like that…
A mother’s heart is not just
a muscle that beats non-stop.
It is a magical place where the most amazing things happen…
My building has always been very quiet.
Nothing ever happened there…
But one day a huge removal van stopped right in front of our door...
A big adventure starts when we are born!
Breathing, tasting, feeling…
Some of the fantastic discoveries that made us wonder — and still do — march through the pages of this book.
When they arrived on earth, there were only a few hundred, unobjectionable and rather slow.
Then, gradually, more and more kept arriving…
Dad can be the most incredible thing: a tractor, a ladder, a mattress or a sponge…
This book takes a closer look at the involvement between fathers and their children, and invites them to discover themselves while turning the pages.