Technical specs

Original title: O dicionário do menino Andersen
64 pages / 175 x 225 mm
ISBN: 9789898145697 / RRP: 13,90€
1st edition: October 2015

© Rights sold: Brazilian Portuguese, Korean.

(Portuguese edition)

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.

As a young boy, Andersen was a great inventor and was never satisfied with the definitions he read in the dictionary. So he decided to start writing a new dictionary himself; a dictionary that his friends could rave about.

Here’s an entry under the letter M:
Mosquito – An animal that is poorly tuned.

The illustrations by Madalena Matoso join Gonçalo M Tavares’ text, in a book that will excite readers of every age.

Technical specs

Original title: O dicionário do menino Andersen
64 pages / 175 x 225 mm
ISBN: 9789898145697 / RRP: 13,90€
1st edition: October 2015

© Rights sold: Brazilian Portuguese, Korean.

RRP: 13,90€*

12,51
* The final price includes our -10% publisher discount.

Awards and recognitions

Recommended — Portuguese National Reading Plan

Selected — Best Portuguese Picturebook Illustrator, at the BD Amadora Awards (2015)

What they say

What is a dictionary for? To tidy up or mess up with words? Gonçalo M Tavares and Madalena Matoso made a perfect book for Planeta Tangerina, a publisher inhabited by uncertain audiences.

Carla Maia de Almeida, LER magazine, April 2016

A dictionary where each entry is a descriptive definition and also a semantic trap, capable of disassembling the perception of reality with its unexpected angles, and raising questions that the common dictionary can’t answer. (…) In this job of taking the less obvious angle, being as unpredictable as the discovery of the world through a child’s eyes, Madalena Matoso’s illustrations take an essential role: they force this unpredictability (…) or leave the reader with uncertain answers — perhaps the best trigger for raising new questions.

Sara Figueiredo Costa, Expresso newspaper, 06/02/2016