João by a thread
- ISBN: 9781953861344 (hardcover)
- ISBN: 1953861342 (hardcover)
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 16 x 24 cm
- Edition: First Elsewhere edition.
- Publisher: New York : Elsewhere Editions, an imprint of Archipelago Books, 2022.
- Copyright: ©2022
Translated from the Portuguese.
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An intricate and exquisite tale of how bedtime fears can be transformed into wondrous dreams and magical adventures, by Hans Christian Andersen awardâwinning Roger Mello
As JoÃ£o tucks under a lovingly woven quilt, he asks himself: So itâs 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 whatâs left is just one long thread. When he feels alone and scared in the dark, JoÃ£o âsews words like patchworkâ 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 â to look at his illustrations is always to see something you missed before (a stingray, a crescent moon nestled into the palm of JoÃ£oâs hand). His breathtaking line drawings, beaming in white thread against deep red, combined with poetic and bewildered language, make JoÃ£o by a Thread a book to take into bed at the edge of sleep, just before you start to dream.