Catarina Sobral (Portugal) – Achimpa / Aschimpa and O meu avô / Mein Opa – Discussion, reading and live illustration

Sep 07, 2017 09:00 am
International Children's and Youth Literature
Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Small Stage
Interpreter Fernando-Cesario de Almeida
Price 8 Euro / reduced 6 / pupils 3


One day during his studies, a researcher stumbles upon a mysterious word: “achimpa”. He wants how to use it in his further research… but there’s one thing he can’t figure out. What does it mean? The word is so ancient that no one remembers – not even Ms Augusta, the 137-year-old town resident. Is achimpa a name? A verb? An adjective? Nobody knows, so the residents adopt the word however they see fit. ACHIMPA is a humorous, enigmatic and colourfully illustrated book that celebrates inventiveness and creativity. Catarina Sobral, who won the Best Children’s Book Award (2013) in Portugal for ACHIMPA, is a first-time ilb guest and will be presenting this book along with two of her other works for the first time in Germany. “Following the metamorphosis of the new old word is very amusing” (Ariane Breyer, DIE ZEIT).

O meu avô:

Grandpa gets up every morning at six o’clock. He used to be a watchmaker, and he was busy a lot. Now he lives relaxed from day-to-day … as opposed to his neighbour, Dr. Sebastian, who is always in a rush and never has time for anything. Grandpa, on the other hand, spends the day enjoying the little things in everyday life. He works in the garden, makes paper airplanes, visits language courses, reads plays, drinks tea with friends, eats cake, discusses art and always has time for his grandson. O MEU AVO is a poetic picture book and a loving ode to the grandparents of the world. The book won the International Award for Illustration (2014) at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Catarina Sobral is a first-time guest at the ilb and will be presenting O MEU AVO for the first time in Germany.


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