Have you ever spent your last coins on an ice cream and he fell to the ground? Have you been offered a gift you already had and you couldn’t say anything? Have you ever shared secrets with a best friend and then discovered that he was no longer your best friend? “Misery” is a hilarious compendium of misfortunes in which both kids and adults will see themselves reflected, situations that remind us of the difficult art of being a child, so often disguised by the romanticized vision of childhood, that miserable and delirious sweet fiction created by adults who don’t realize just how miserable children can feel.


“Dizem que os adolescentes não sabem nada sobre a vida. Por isso, nos casos raros em que sei alguma coisa, faço questão de não dizer a ninguém. Há certos perigos em partilhar pensamentos profundos quando se tem uma colónia de acne acampada na testa – não é por acaso que vos estou a falar em regime de anonimato.”
Coisas que acontecem, o primeiro livro de Inês Barata Raposo, e também o primeiro título da colecção juvenil da Bruaá Editora, é uma história sobre amizade e o fim da amizade na adolescência. Uma obra que o júri do Prémio Branquinho da Fonseca premiou pela sua destreza narrativa, plasticidade da linguagem e por uma inusitada capacidade de usar a ironia e um aprofundado sentido de humor para aludir a alguns dos temas centrais da vida de uma adolescente.

 


A crazy mixed-up day : Thirty brainteasers“ is one of the almost ninety broadcasts for chidren that Walter Benjamin, one of the most influential of 20th-century thinkers, wrote and delivered over German radio from 1927 to early 1933.
After the original edition in Portuguese, illustrated by Monteiro, it has now travelled to Poland and South Korea. Find more about this book here.


Once upon a time a stranger arrives at a place where the king and his people lived in great peace. He doesn’t look like them. In fact, this stranger is so big and the people so small, that neither can communicate and the uneasiness and hatred that the most harmless of outsiders can engender start a well known chain of events : guards, clueless politicians, the threat of military force. “The Stranger”, again relevant today, is a small story filled with big themes that celebrates in a hopeful way the victory of acceptation and empathy over ignorance and prejudice.



If apples had teeth what would happen? They would bite back, of course! And if pickles were tickled? They would never be sour. If you open this book, you will also find out what would happen if turtles were chickens, if mushrooms had hair, and many other IF’s. Published for the first time in 1960,  this was Shirley and Milton Glaser’s first children’s book together and is now recovered by Bruaá in an edition that will be published not only in Portugal, but also in Spain, France, Italy, U.S.A and China.



Dear friends, it’s with great joy that we share with your these great news: Violeta Lópiz has just won the 2016 Ilustrarte edition with the illustrations made for Friends from the Heart (Amigos do Peito), with Claudio Thebas’s text. Congratulations, Violeta.
The jury, Serge Bloch (french illustrator), Juanjo Oller (spanish, illustrator and publisher), Johanna Benz (german illustrator, winner of Ilustrarte 2014) and Joana Astolfi (portuguese architect and designer), dalso awarded three special mentions were awarded to the works of Ingrid Godon (Belgium), Jesus Cisneros (Spain) and Claudia Palmarucci (Italy). Find here all the 50 selected illustrators.




What book is this? What animal is this? Hold the page to the light and you will see.
In most books you look at the page in order to see the pictures, but not on this one. To see the full picture, and find the solution to the animal riddles, you need to look through the pages. Created by Ed Emberley in the late 70s, this playful book was born without an expiration date. The design keeps its freshness, and the original and ingenious see through game proves once again the full interactive character of paper, which never ceases to amaze readers of all ages. Without batteries to run out, this book will be hard to put down.






“Amigo não tem apelido: amigo tem endereço”, escreve Cláudio Thebas, autor brasileiro que criou o texto ilustrado pela espanhola Violeta Lópiz. A proposta é associar a amizade a uma poética do espaço urbano, onde os apelidos das pessoas são substituídos por lugares. Sigam-nos.

– Carla Maia de Almeida, Revista Ler


A book without words that says so much. A narrative where we see reflected all the returns and all the family reunions in that common house to which we never stop wishing to come back. We return to memories of spaces, smells, sounds and people that welcome us in their sameness or with the surprise of those little big details that strike us for the first time. With the return comes the unpacking of suitcases and ideas that we took so well packed when we left. But above all, and because not everything fits in a suitcase, it exceeds its weight, we continually return to renew energies where everything starts and finishes: family.


In this book we are taken by the hand of a little boy that lives in a neighborhood like many others. He wants to talk about his friends, his best friends. For that the little boy takes through the streets of his neighborhood. Funny enough this neighborhood is quite similar to ours: there’s a school, a bar, a house on the corner, a garden, high buildings. But the streets and the houses aren’t the only thing familiar, also the little boy’s voice sounds familiar, quite like ours… And the friends that he talks about seem like our own, because we all have best friends and we play with them in a neighborhood just like this one. This common ground that we all recognize, because we are all made out of friends and places. A poetic text by Cláudio Thebas wonderfully interpreted and amplified by the beautiful illustrations of Violeta Lópiz.





Creator of text and illustration, an English author debuted in Bruaá and made one of the most beautiful books of the year. All thanks to the not very attractive garden animals, starting with the slug. The central double page, evocative of vegetal exuberance of Henri Rousseau, shines like the trail of Herbert.

Carla Maia de Almeida | Ler Magazine | September, 2014


Quem tem ou já teve filhos pequenos, muitas vezes terá passado pelo pesadelo de tentar vestir a indomável criança que, sabe-se lá porquê, parece estar com a cabeça entre a lua e o sol. Em “Estava a pensar…”, livro escrito por Sandol Stoddard e concebido e ilustrado por Ivan Chermayeff, viajamos através do imaginário de um petiz que, sem parecer dar muito por isso, vai resistindo a ficar vestido da cabeça aos pés. Continuar a ler


Herberto é uma lesma e para ele a vida não podia correr melhor. A sua ocupação diária: comer montanhas de alface com os seus amigos até a sua barriga ficar cheia e ser hora de dormir. No entanto, um dia, mais um em busca da alface mais saborosa que possa encontrar, Herberto cruza-se com alguns animais muito ocupados nas suas criações. Admirado com as capacidades extraordinárias que demonstram, Herberto elogia estes verdadeiros artesãos, enquanto secretamente deseja criar como eles. Mas não consegue. Pelo menos assim o pensa. As boas notícias serão dadas por uma mariposa.
Este é o primeiro livro de Lara Hawthorne, uma talentosa nova artista que certamente deixará um rastro na nossa memória com esta história sobre a necessidade de criar que levamos dentro de nós. Afinal, todos nascemos artistas. Não é assim, senhor Picasso?