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Picture Books

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.

One hundred seeds that flew away

Isabel Minhós Martins · Yara Kono

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!

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The Queen of the North

Joana Estrela

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?

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Odometer

Madalena Matoso

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? 

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Image

Arnaldo Antunes · Yara Kono

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?

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Sister

Joana Estrela

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.

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FIGS ARE FOR PASSERS-BY

João Gomes de Abreu · Bernardo P. Carvalho

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.

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Young Andersen's Dictionary

Gonçalo M. Tavares · Madalena Matoso

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.

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THE WORLD UPSIDE DOWN

ATAK

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!

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With 3 balls of wool (how the world twists and turns)

Henriqueta Cristina · Yara Kono

A family moves to another country in search of a freer place where all children can go to school. 

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ABZZZZ...

Isabel Minhós Martins · Yara Kono

Some people resist to sleep with all their strength. 
And we can understand why... it is so good being awake!

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With time

Isabel Minhós Martins · Madalena Matoso

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.

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The World in a Second (new edition)

Isabel Minhós Martins · Bernardo P. Carvalho

Each time a second crosses the world (always running, always in a hurry), millions of things happen. Here, there, everywhere…

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Excuse me, have you seen a tiny light blinking? / Run, rabbit, run!

Bernardo P. Carvalho

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. 


 

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Many animals and other counting rhymes

Manuela Castro Neves · Yara Kono

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.

 

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The boy who loved birds (and many other things)

Isabel Minhós Martins · Bernardo P. Carvalho

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.

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The Island

João Gomes de Abreu · Yara Kono

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?

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I've Never Seen a Bike and Ducks Won't Let Go

Isabel Minhós Martins · Madalena Matoso

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. 

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Coming and Going

Isabel Minhós Martins · Bernardo P. Carvalho

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…

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A book for everyday

Isabel Minhós Martins · Bernardo P. Carvalho

Each morning brings us a new day to open and unwrap. 
This is a book of days and happenings, a book that stirs memories.

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Where do we go when we disappear?

Isabel Minhós Martins · Madalena Matoso

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.

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Whatever

William Bee

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!"

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We all do everything

Madalena Matoso

“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.

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How does a chicken...

Isabel Minhós Martins · Yara Kono

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…

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High-tide

Bernardo P. Carvalho

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?"

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Thanks to everyone!

Isabel Minhós Martins · Bernardo P. Carvalho

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.

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A day in the life of an umbrella

Davide Cali · Valerio Vidali

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.

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While my Hair was Growing

Isabel Minhós Martins · Madalena Matoso

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..

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Follow the Arrow!

Isabel Minhós Martins · Andrés Sandoval

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.

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The Backyards’ Book

Isabel Minhós Martins · Bernardo P. Carvalho

In this book we don’t go into anyone’s home.
Instead we follow stories that take place outside, near the lemon and loquat trees, in the vegetable garden and on the washing line, in water tanks and paddling pools.

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Exchangescope

Bernardo P. Carvalho

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.

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The First Tangerine Slice

Sérgio Godinho · Madalena Matoso

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?

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The Quilt

Isabel Minhós Martins · Yara Kono

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. 

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Fast, Slow

Isabel Minhós Martins · Bernardo P. Carvalho

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.

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At Home, We Are...

Isabel Minhós Martins · Madalena Matoso

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.

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Wandering Around

Isabel Minhós Martins · Madalena Matoso

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.

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Two Roads

Isabel Minhós Martins · Bernardo P. Carvalho

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?

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A Day on the Beach

Bernardo P. Carvalho

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…

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Tongue Twisters

Dulce de Souza Gonçalves · Madalena Matoso

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…

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Is That Really You?

Isabel Minhós Martins · Bernardo P. Carvalho

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…

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A Mother’s Heart

Isabel Minhós Martins · Bernardo P. Carvalho

A mother’s heart is not just
 a muscle that beats non-stop.
It is a magical place where the most amazing things happen…

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My Neighbour is a Dog

Isabel Minhós Martins · Madalena Matoso

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...

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When I Was Born

Isabel Minhós Martins · Madalena Matoso

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.

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The Great Invasion

Isabel Minhós Martins · Bernardo P. Carvalho

When they arrived on earth, there were only a few hundred, unobjectionable and rather slow.
Then, gradually, more and more kept arriving…

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D for Dad

Isabel Minhós Martins · Bernardo P. Carvalho

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.

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A Table is Just a Table. Isn't It?

Isabel Minhós Martins · Madalena Matoso

A fun look at the world of tables and people, illustrating that there is no single way of looking at the world, but instead many varied truths.
A book which invites young and old to think together about such things. 

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