Planet Picture Book

Archive - March 2018

Three Balls of Wool (Can Change the World)

In this historical picture book set in the 1960s, a family flee Portugal’s dictatorship and end up in Communist Czechoslovakia. They find it difficult to settle into their new home until three balls of wool provide an unexpected colourful solution...

Follow the Firefly/Run, Rabbit, Run!

This wordless picture book can be read in both directions – from front to back, and from back to front! The first story follows a firefly’s quest to find a flashing light; in the second narrative, a rabbit dashes away from the city and through the...

Portugal

When I first started researching picture books from Portugal, one name leapt out at me: publishing house and graphic design studio, Planeta Tangerina. Founded in 1999 by four friends, Isabel Minhós Martins, Bernardo P. Carvalho, Madalena Matoso and...

Talking with Mother Earth/Hablando con Madre Tierra

This collection of bilingual Spanish/English poems recounted by Tetl, a young Pipil Nahua Indian, tell of his close bond with Mother Earth and the taunts he suffers because of his indigenous heritage.  I couldn’t resist slipping a second collection...

Tara Books

Yesterday evening, I was thrilled to attend a presentation by Tara Books at Lost in Books in Fairfield, Sydney. Two designers from Tara Books in Chennai, Dhwani Shah and Ragini Siruguri, provided fascinating insights into the unique collaborative...

Mamá the Alien/Mamá la extraterrestre

In this bilingual picture book (Spanish/English) a young girl finds a card marked “ALIEN” in her mamá’s purse. She thinks her mother really is an extra-terrestrial and decides to research the wider implications of her discovery. In this picture...