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Isabel Minhós Martins was born in Lisbon, where she both studied fine arts and design. She co-founded the publisher Planeta Tangerina with Bernardo P. Carvalho, which won Best European Children’s Publisher at the Bologna Book Fair in 2013 (the same year Gecko Press won for Oceania!). Isabel and Bernardo have produced books together and independently, and both have won numerous awards in design, illustration, and picture books.
Some children fight sleep with all their might. And we can see why - it is so exciting to be awake! But nobody can live without sleep, which is why we've created this bedtime ABC, a book with the power to have everyone nodding off long before the alphabet ends. It never fails. Some people begin to yawn by the letter `B'; others go out like a light at `P'. Almost all arrive at the `S' page already snoring. Even the title of the book fell asleep.
From award-winning Portuguese duo, Isabel Minhos Martins and Madalena Matoso, comes another truly inventive picture book that takes readers on a sensory adventure in the pursuit of friendship. Rendered in Matoso's distinctive, eye-catching style,What's That Noise? invites young children to investigate who exactly is calling them from inside the book. Readers will delight in following the clues by 'tip-toeing' with their fingers through an empty forest, braving a terrible storm of their own making, holding their ear up to the book to discern where to turn next and creating a shelter for their new friend when danger looms. A story that can only be told using fingers, eyes, ears and noses, What's That Noise? engages readers on all levels, and shows that to build a friendship takes time, patience and an adventurous spirit.
Inspired by the question, What are they doing right at this moment on the other side of the world? this book focuses on natural and human events happening all over the world in the same second. Talking about the world and how it's so different in places but also so similar and shared, so incredible and surprising, the books takes us to New York, Chicago, Mexico, Portugal, Angola, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Hungry, Brazil, and South Africa, among others. So, while you sit turning the pages of this book, things are happening everywhere. Somewhere, a wave is reaching the shore. Elsewhere, an orange falls from a tree. In yet other places, there's a traffic jam, a stuck elevator, and someone's going to sleep. Inevitably, a book is coming to an end as another is beginning. Time is always in a hurry, never, ever stopping, and yet as you focus on these lovely illustrations, which stand as true evocations of place, time begins to slow down and, for moments, it even feels as if time has stopped, and you are transported - out of the flow of time and into the wholeness and purity of a moment. A moment of bird flight; a moment of daydreaming while washing the dishes; a moment of wondering how something felt and what came next. Isabel Minh s Martins is a Portuguese author and publisher whose words are found in works of poetry, children's books, magazines, comic books, and scripts for animations. She is also the publisher of Planeta Tangerina, a Portuguese publishing company. Several of her books have already been published by the Tate. Bernardo Carvalho is an illustrator and graphic designer from Lisbon whose work has been honored with multiple awards.
Around us are thousands of objects; in drawers, in cupboards, in backpacks and pockets, under beds and sofas. In this book there are dozens of pictures to look at and many amusing challenges for all ages: for those who are still learning to talk and for all readers-detectives who like to follow the clues and put two and two together.
Counting is fun, but it's a lot more fun when you can count things like fingers, and tongues, and freckles! At Our House is a charming adventure through the eyes of one household and the bodies that are in it. Vibrantly illustrated, each page counts up the number of toes, length of intestines, and every tooth you might find in your family, in a hilarious (and gross!) story which children will love.
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