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João by a thread  Cover Image Book Book

João by a thread / Roger Mello ; translated by Daniel Hahn.

Mello, Roger, (author,, illustrator.). Hahn, Daniel, (translator.).


As João tucks under a lovingly woven quilt, he asks himself: So it's just me now? He curls up, getting cozy in bed, and soon the world of his dreams unspools on the page. The blanket in his bed unravels into deep rivers, lakes, valleys, reservoirs, mountain ranges, fishing nets full of tadpoles and gaping holes, until what's left is just one long thread. When he feels alone and scared in the dark, João "sews words like patchwork" into a new blanket to cover himself up. He weaves the threads of his quilt until they form one long sentence, and soon, the nighttime is peppered with his own silvery, slippery words. Roger Mello draws like a shapeshifter -- to look at his illustrations is always to see something you missed before (a stingray, a crescent moon nestled into the palm of João's hand). His breathtaking line drawings, beaming in white thread against deep red, combined with poetic and bewildered language, make João by a Thread a book to take into bed at the edge of sleep, just before you start to dream.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781953861344 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 1953861342 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 16 x 24 cm
  • Edition: First Elsewhere edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Elsewhere Editions, an imprint of Archipelago Books, 2022.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Translated from the Portuguese.
Subject: Bedtime > Fiction.
Blankets > Fiction.

Available copies

  • 2 of 3 copies available at Kenton County.


  • 0 current holds with 3 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Covington Branch E MELLO R (Text) 33126022799971 Easy Available -
Erlanger Branch E MELLO R (Text) 33126022799955 J New Fiction Checked out 10/11/2023
Wm. E. Durr Branch E MELLO R (Text) 33126022799963 J New Fiction Available -

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