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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.
The books from author Isabel Minhos Martins published by the Tate over the last several years have all been favorably reviewed. The people buying Isabel Minhos Martins books online seem to be buying other beautifully illustrated and well-designed books as well. This book is larger and even more eye-catching than the books from Martins that have been published by the Tate thus far. The illustrations and design of the book are particularly compelling in the large format this edition offers. Another compelling element is the map of the globe on the last page of the book that shows where in the world each illustrated event happens and at what time. While being a gorgeous work of lyricism and visual beauty, this book also has a lulling, repetitive quality that gives it appeal as a bedtime book as well. So, it introduces children to the idea of time and a global moment of time in a fascinating way, but also provides the kind of repetition that is calming. While reading about time, then, it is as if time stops, and this is a wonderful concept to explore as well. Ideal for museum stores and the gift market because of its high production values.
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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