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Pimentel, Marcelo

Eine Geschichte ohne Ende

A picture book from Brazil

© 2015 Baobab Books; 2nd edition 2021
20 pages, 23 x 21 cm
Board book, printed with plant based ink on 100% recycled cardboard
CHF 19.80 / € [D] 15,90 / € [A] 16,40
ISBN 978-3-905804-64-5
Ages 2 and up

Do you want to come for a walk in the jungle? Look, there's an anteater, followed closely by a jaguar. A hummingbird whirrs over a tortoise, and where's that armadillo going? Oh, the tip of a snake's tail! Does it spell danger?
But what's this? A hand appears. We follow a colourful trail and see that the master painter has a full pot of red paint to hand. Everybody wants some of it: the parrot, the ladybird and the jaguar. Every single one of them gets a magnificent coat. Some feathers here, striped fur there, dazzling armour and splendid bristles. Hey, no pushing through, everyone will get a turn!
The whole colourful pomp shines in the sun. The toucan isn't the only one to ask himself: «Am I beautiful?» But then a big, fat rain cloud gathers. That's the way things go… A big cycle of life is in motion here, and the end of the book leads us directly back to its beginning. The story starts anew on every page and is never finished. Not one single word is needed to say it all.

The author and illustrator

Marcelo Pimentel was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1969. He was trained as an illustrator and graphic artist at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
Pimentel loves stories that animate his readers' fantasies. Brazil's indigenous cultures are particularly dear to his heart. Thus, the figure of Curupira is at the centre of this story. The Curupira is a legendary being that has been protecting the trees and animals in the jungle since time immemorial. Red isn't his only special characteristic, another one are his wrong-way-round feet: his turned-around tracks will deceive any hunter. Pimentel hast been awarded the Nami Concours Grand Prix 2015 for his illustrations to this book.

Original edition: O fim da fila
© 2011 Editora Rovelle, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


→ Shortlisted: German Children's Literatur Prize 2016
Most Beautiful German Books 2016
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