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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Along The Tapajos Blog Tour (review & giveaway)

Along the Tapajos 
By Fernando Vilela 
Translated by Daniel Hahn 
Amazon Crossing Kids 

Cauã and Inaê are a brother and sister who live in a small community along the Tapajós River in Brazil. Here, the homes are on stilts and everyone travels around by boat—even to school! When the rainy season comes, they must leave their village and relocate to higher ground for a while. But after moving this year, Cauã and Inaê realize they’ve left behind something important: their pet tortoise, Titi! Unlike turtles, tortoises can’t swim, and Cauã and Inaê are really worried. So the pair sneaks back at night on a journey along the river to rescue him. Will they be able to save Titi? 

This picture book, first published in Brazil, offers kids a unique look into the lives of children who live along Brazil’s beautiful Tapajós River. 

★“The vibrant colors in Vilela’s illustrations and the expressive faces of Cauã and Inaê bring lightheartedness to their dangerous journey and the cyclical living it prescribes. A riveting journey.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) 

“This is one of those engaging titles that offers a glimpse of a location new to most American readers. More translations like this one, please!” —Fuse #8 Production 

Fernando Vilela’s Along The Tapajos is a gorgeously rendered picture book that will take readers on a thrilling and captivating journey to an unfamiliar part of the world: the rainforest along the Tapajos River. 

Through charming, exciting storytelling, the dangerous, yet mesmerizing lives and rescue mission carried out by a brother sister team, burst off every page. Vilela skillfully and beautifully brings this wondrous rainforest world, and all its people; animals; and sights, to life through his lovely words and lush, vibrant illustrations. The engaging, energetic, brightly colored and textured illustrations will dazzle and intrigue. And Daniel Hahn does a fantastic translating job. 

Little adventurers and explorers everywhere will be delighted and impressed with the superb Along The Tapajos! 

Fernando Vilela is an award-winning author and illustrator from Brazil. Published in Brazil under the title Tapajós, this book was inspired by one of his trips to the Amazon rainforest. He has received many awards for his books, and he has exhibited his artwork at home and abroad, including at the MoMA in New York and the Pinacoteca of the State of São Paulo. For his picture books, he has received five Jabuti awards (Brazil) and the New Horizons Honorable Mention of the Bologna Ragazzi International Award. He is also a plastics artist, and he teaches courses, lectures, and workshops on art and illustration. Learn more about him online at 

 Daniel Hahn is an author, editor, and award-winning translator. His translation of The Book of Chameleons by José Eduardo Agualusa won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2007. His translation of A General Theory of Oblivion, also by José Eduardo Agualusa, won the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award. He recently served on the board of trustees of the Society of Authors. In 2017, Hahn helped establish the TA First Translation Prize, a new prize for debut literary translation. Learn more about him online at 

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John Smith said...

The life there does look dangerous, but beautiful!

Danielle H. said...

I enjoy learning about and traveling to new places through books.

Nancy P said...

Looks interesting. Nice artwork.

LeAnn Harbert said...

I think my granddaughters would enjoy learning about this part of the world.