"You Can't Be Too Careful" with Roger Mello & Daniel Hahn

Event has passed (Wed Oct 18, 2017 - Wed Oct 18, 2017)
Green Apple Books on the Park
5:30 pm
Family & Children, Literary


We’re celebrating the launch of Archipelago Books’ new children’s book press Elsewhere Editions, with a reading of Roger Mello’s You Can’t Be Too Careful! followed by a discussion about international children’s literature with Daniel Hahn, editor of the Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature. Sponsored by the Center for the Art of Translation.

About You Can't Be Too Careful

The White Rose is guarded closely by the gardener, who once caught a cold walking barefoot trying to find his shoes, which had been hidden by a cat, which was a gift from his younger brother, who was married to Dalva, who had inherited the cat from her uncle, who died of a broken heart awaiting a love letter that never arrived... Eventually, we see how one tiny action can have marvelous consequences, and the story turns like a ferris wheel. With a playful lightness of touch, Mello explores serious questions about the importance of kindness and the dangers of greed. Mello's illustrations will inspire his young readers, providing them with familiar and approachable images while encouraging imagination to fill in the narrative gaps, as he captures the mysteries of childhood through rich, vibrant imagery.

Translated by children’s literature guru Daniel Hahn, You Can’t Be Too Careful! explores an idea that author and illustrator Mello had as a child: that one small action can have marvelous consequences. Through wordplay, dreamlike images, and a playful lightness of touch, You Can’t Be Too Careful! expresses serious questions about the importance of kindness and the dangers of greed.

About Elsewhere Editions

Elsewhere Editions is a new children’s imprint from Archipelago Books. The collection is devoted to translating imaginative picture books from all corners of the world. We hope that these titles will enrich children’s imaginations and cultivate curiosity about other cultures, as well as delight with their humor, art, and playful spirit. We see this as a natural extension of our larger mission: to find visionary writers from around the world with something profound to say.


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