Martins Fontes is an independent and traditional Brazilian editorial group. It all started with a bookshop in Santos over 55 years ago. Today the publishing house has been in business for more than 40 years and our books are recognized as benchmarks of quality in the Brazilian market due to the choice of titles and careful editorial work. They were among the firsts to translate foreign children authors in Brazil and have established an important line of children's books and young adult fiction, which includes Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Tony Ross, David McKee, Roald Dahl, Gianni Rodari, Kate DiCamillo among many other fantastic authors. The house has a vast catalogue in Humanities and they also publish more general interest titles in non-fiction. In the last few years they have increased the publication of Brazilian authors publishing an average of 6 titles for children and young adults per year. They are proud to publish a line of books introducing Brazilian myths, traditional stories and folk tales for young readers and also have titles on more universal subjects. Sea of Stories has been representing WMF Martins Fontes since 2014.
Juca is a funny crocodile. His striped t-shitr covers his wings. One day he spits fire and all his friends are scared. But thanks to the help of Pepelicano, Juca learns how to accept himself and how to become a real dragon.
Nori&Eu; is a project with three voices. Caeto, a Brazilian author of comics and an illustrator, is the editor and brings together two versions of one family’s story: the narrative of Sonia and her son Massanori, or Nori. Sonia tells her story beginning with the birth of Massanori, the difficulties...[more]
Following his ABCs of Brazilian birds and of Brazilian animals, the new project of this series will focus on flowers: aguapé, bromélia, cipó de São João (…) heliconias, orchids etc. The marvelous collages by Geraldo Valério are accompanied by a short text about each species. The book may be adapted...[more]
The world acclaimed artist Volpi is here presented as an imaginary uncle who turns everything into play. He is a countryman who one day arrives in his hometown riding his horse and awakens everybody up, calling all the people for an important meeting. The subject? “Let´s make the world a more playful...[more]
Based on character studies for the 1953 ballet A Cangaceira, drawn by the artist Flávio de Carvalho, Canton creates poems that seek to reflect the expressiveness and magic of each character. Image and text unite in recreating allegorical figures, such as the bourgeois, the politician, the pharmacist,...[more]
John was such a crafted person. He could build simple houses using only earth and hay. He sang with the birds and could speak the language of the flowers. John was generous and helpful, and when everybody had worked hard all day and felt tired, he would invite people to sit under a big tree and tell...[more]
NIGHTS OF HOPE—A Travel through Imagination A little girl goes to sleep and has an incredible beautiful dream…was it really a dream? Or an adventure in imagination? Using Sandra Cinto´s drawings and installation images, the author conducts the main character into a poetic journey. The girl climbs...[more]
It all begins when Miya moves into a new house with her parents and her dog Shimeji. It’s an old japanese house, filled with piles of old boxes left by the old tenants. One afternoon, Miya and her new friend, Anton, find an old videogame in the attic. The two friends decide to play the videogame and...[more]
Analua has some strange behaviors. She does not like what everyone else likes and often she really appreciates what no one else does. People use to say that she has her head in the clouds. Until the day she found out what made her so weird. And more: she discovers that everybody also could feel this...[more]
Cavalampiro is the story of the sympathetic Gildo horse, the old Count Dracula vampire and his faithful friend Cabelonstro , where monsters and animals with people at all end up interacting as equals .
Katia Canton, one of Brazil's mots famous contemporary authors has gathered 8 tales from around the 8 (Brazil, France, Cambodia, Africa, India, Italy...) to illustrate some key concepts like generosity, justice, solidarity, dignity, love, sincerity, happiness and forgiveness. The stories are beautifully...[more]
"Bloodsucking insects" have been present in our daily lives for generations now. Insects such as mosquitoes and fleas are part of human history and have been responsible for the deaths of millions of people over time. Actually, it is said that the mosquitoe is the deadliest of foe to man! In addition...[more]
Mrs. Gloria and Mr. Agostinho realize that something strange is going on at their countryside house. The clothes out on the washing line are scattered all over the yard, the hen keeps running away and has stopped laying eggs, the guava tree keeps rustling non-stop and the horses’ manes are tied up...[more]
What do animals dream of? Through beautiful and refined illustrations, which create suspense with every turn of the page, we catch a glimpse of the dreams of the anteater, the rabbit, the elephant and many other animals. Each page offers a tip, either inside the text or the illustrations, to help you...[more]
Boniface was a slightly different pig : lotheth mud, did not like playing in the pigpen and even wanted to learn to swim in the creek . Parents worried about these little habits and were outraged when Boniface wanted to become a pet of the farmer’s son . But then , playing soccer with the boy , the...[more]
Accompanying the day-to-day lives of Roy and Ruthy, this book discovers the secret to the love that unites this mousy couple. It’s a secret as simple and delicate as the illustrations and text by Marcelo Cipis. suggestions for further exploration What it means to like someone; love between friends...[more]
The history of the Bumba-meu-boi is very old. Folklore researchers and historians believe that the first manifestations date from the eighteenth century. To be transmitted orally, the story has many versions of the ox and his party has been changing over time and from one region to another in Brazil....[more]
The lyrical story of Leonardo the lion, whose roar filled the air with flowers. His parents were concerned at first, but soon they realized that Leonardo had come to make the world a prettier place. With each roar, he expressed his feelings in bouquets of different colors, whether sad, happy, afraid...[more]
After his The ABC of Brazilian birds, Geraldo Valério confirms his virtuosity in the art of collage depicting animals of several species from the Brazilian fauna. Along with the illustrations, the biologist Humberto Conzo Junior writes some basic information concerning each specimen.
For each letter of the alphabet, this book offers illustrated basic information on a Brazilian bird whose name begins with that letter. If the idea is simple, the execution is majestic. These beautiful collages by Geraldo Valério depict well-known Brazilian birds in all their living color, opening our...[more]
In this book the writer depicts a seies of basic yoga movements and uses animals to illustrate them. The fun and beautiful illustrations of the animals in tricky postures will invite the children readers to imitate them. In addition to the yoga’s instructions, the children will also learn a lot about...[more]
In his canoe, Nemus ferries the forest animals from one side of the river to the other, but he dreams of heading out to sea. One day, during an outing with Nanica, he sees a ship that has run aground and decides to fix it up so he can fulfill his dream. After some time and a few setbacks, the ship is...[more]
Living on a cloud has got to be the best thing in the whole world! At least that’s what Percival the toad thinks. But after all the help he is given to make his dream come true, Percival realizes that the best thing in the world is to have friends.
Monkeys, jaguars, tortoises, deers, agoutis, turtles are common characters of Brazilian popular tales. In this book Vera do Val retells some of these stories with a fluent and gracious language, giving life and a human voice to the animals of our fauna. The artist Geraldo Valério shows all his expertise...[more]
Kiki’s father says he has already been an ice-cream vendor in Salvador, a firefighter in Bombay and a zoo janitor in New Zealand. One of Kiki’s favorite stories is the Cross-Eyed Hunchback, a strange person whom her father met while working as a delivery boy in a supermarket in Rome. But are any...[more]
The Creation of the World is a compilation of eight indigenous myths about the origins of the world, the night, the stars, the moon, the rivers and the peoples of the forest. One of these, about the advent of night, tells of an exhausted sun that must shine without rest while the night sleeps in the...[more]
Curzio Malaparte was a disaffected supporter of Mussolini with a taste for danger and high living. Sent by an Italian paper during World War II to cover the fighting on the Eastern Front, Malaparte secretly wrote this terrifying report from the abyss, which became an international bestseller when it...[more]
One day, Djô, a little yellow monkey who dreams of flying, winds up in a circus, where he makes friends with the elephant Rebab. Rebab is old and tired and wants to go back to the place he was born. On their journey back to the forest, Djô and Rebab discover the true meaning of friendship.
In this modern fairy tale the princess is not in a good mood as it is shown in the classic stories and she is not dying to get married to a prince charming either. Actually she is not in the mood for anything. What makes her so grumpy is a hard and shiny hair which grows in the middle of her head and...[more]
The jaguar thinks of nothing else than capturing the monkey, but always ends up being outsmarted by him! In this book, Vera do Val offers graceful and funny retellings of various stories concerning these two old foes, where each character tries to be the best trickster and to have the last word! Includes...[more]
Marina, Roberto and Chico love when it rains. Not exactly the rain, but the magic moment when it stops and the rainbow appears, falling slowly from the sky, creating thick lines in different shades. And it is in that moment that children start to notice the colors of the world and play with them. Each...[more]