Search - List of Books by Ana Maria Machado

Ana Maria Machado was born in 1941 in Rio de Janeiro and is, alongside Lygia Bojunga Nunes and Ruth Rocha, one of the most significant children’s book authors in Brazil. She started her career as a painter in Rio de Janeiro and New York City. After studying Romance languages she did a PhD with Roland Barthes at the 'École pratique des hautes études' in Paris. She worked as journalist for the magazine 'Elle' in Paris and the BBC in London. In 1979, she opened the first children’s literature bookshop in Brazil, 'Malasartes'.

In 1969, Ana Maria Machado started to write. "I belong to that generation of writers who began to write during the military dictatorship, as children’s literature, alongside poetry and song texts, were amongst the few literary forms with which, through the poetic and symbolic use of language, you could make the ideas of a joie de vivre, individual freedom and respect for human rights known." Her story 'Menina Bonita do laço de fita' (1986) about a white and a black rabbit who marry and have a whole hoard of black, white and black and white patterned children, is a charming book about the living together of diverse ethnic groups. In 'Era uma vez um tirano' (1982) three children defy a tyrant who has forbidden colour, thoughts and any happiness. Without pointing fingers, Ana Maria Machado always dresses up her messages in humorous stories and trusts the ability of her young readers to also read between the lines.

Similar to many Brazilian children’s book authors of her generation, Ana Maria Machado stands in the tradition of the first great children’s book author, Jose Bento Monteiro Lobato (1882—1948). Her writing is marked, in the style of "magical realism", by a subtle mix of social satire and fantastic elements as well as a conscious and playful use of language and narrative structures. In 'História meio ao contrario' (1978), Ana Maria Machado turns the classic narrative structure of the fairy tale on its head and lets her story begin with: "And if they didn’t die, then they are still alive today" and end with "once upon a time".

In 'Bisa Bia, Bisa Bel' (1982), one of her central works, Isabell’s internal dialogue with her dead great-grandmother, Bisa Bia, and her own great-grandchild from the future, Bisa Bel, becomes a magical journey to the invisible connections between the generations, which finally allow Isabell to find her own way. For the author, fantasy also means to expand the sense for space and time and to allow reality and fantasy to mix with each other.

Just as brilliantly in ‘Palavra de Honra’ (2005, Engl: Word of Honour) Machado tells the story of a Luso-Brazilian family which has become very wealthy since their arrival in the 19th century. The reader encounters Letícia, who tries to reconstruct her own story out of the dispersed remains of the family legacy.

Ana Maria Machado has written more than hundred books for children and adults in 17 countries for which she has received the most significant Brazilian awards and many international honours. In 2000, she was awarded the 'Hans Christian Andersen Award' for her life work, the most significant international prize for youth and children’s literature. Ana Maria Machado lives with her family in Rio de Janeiro.

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Total Books: 96
Until the Day Arrives
2014 - Until the Day Arrives (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781554984558
ISBN-10: 1554984556
Genre: Children's Books
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What a Party
2013 - What a Party (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781554981687
ISBN-10: 1554981689
Genre: Children's Books
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Wolf Wanted
2010 - Wolf Wanted (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780888998804
ISBN-10: 0888998805
Genre: Children's Books
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Histrias  Brasileira - Volume 4
2010 - Histrias Brasileira - Volume 4 [Em Portuguese do Brasil] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788574064147
ISBN-10: 8574064149
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Menuda fiesta/ What a party
2009 - Menuda Fiesta/ What a Party [Spanish Edition] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9788466784375
ISBN-10: 8466784373
Genre: Children's Books
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Mmm que rico esta/ Mmm It's so Good
2009 - Mmm Que Rico Esta/ Mmm It's So Good [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9786071101013
ISBN-10: 6071101018
Genre: Children's Books
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Histrias  Brasileira - Volume 3
2008 - Histrias Brasileira - Volume 3 [Em Portuguese do Brasil] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788574062969
ISBN-10: 8574062960
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Constantino hace llover/ Constantine Makes Rain
2007 - Constantino Hace Llover/ Constantine Makes Rain [Ala Delta: Serie Roja/ Hang Gliding: Red Series - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788426364371
ISBN-10: 8426364373
Genre: Children's Books
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Besos Magicos/ Magic Kisses
2007 - Besos Magicos/ Magic Kisses [En Cuento - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9789684940765
ISBN-10: 9684940769
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction
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Nina bonita
2007 - Nina Bonita [Spanish Edition] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9788493486341
ISBN-10: 8493486345
Genre: Children's Books
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Bisa Bia Bisa Bel
2007 - Bisa Bia Bisa Bel (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788516055622
ISBN-10: 8516055620
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Currupaco Papaco
2006 - Currupaco Papaco [El Barco De Vapor: Serie Blanca/ the Steam Boat: White Series - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788434870550
ISBN-10: 843487055X
Genre: Children's Books
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Del Tamano Justo
2006 - Del Tamano Justo [Torre de Papel] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9789580462651
ISBN-10: 9580462658
Genre: Children's Books
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Ojos Penas Y Plumas/ Eyes Sorrows And Feathers
2006 - Ojos Penas Y Plumas/ Eyes Sorrows and Feathers [Biblioteca / Library - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9789580484905
ISBN-10: 9580484902
Genre: Children's Books
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Misterios Del Mar Oceano/ Mysteries of the Ocean Sea
2006 - Misterios Del Mar Oceano/ Mysteries of the Ocean Sea [Torre De Papel] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9789580491149
ISBN-10: 9580491143
Genres: Children's Books, Teen & Young Adult
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Un Monton de Unicornios/ A Mountain of Unicorns
2006 - Un Monton De Unicornios/ a Mountain of Unicorns [Torre de Papel - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9789580485964
ISBN-10: 9580485968
Genre: Children's Books
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From Another World
2006 - From Another World [Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition] (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781417742875
ISBN-10: 1417742879
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A Grande Aventura de Maria Fumaa
2006 - A Grande Aventura De Maria Fumaa [Em Portuguese do Brasil] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788526008779
ISBN-10: 8526008773
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Rve noir d'un lapin blanc
2005 - Rve Noir D'un Lapin Blanc (Other)
ISBN-13: 9782911412202
ISBN-10: 2911412206
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Aunque parezca mentira / Stange As it May Seem
2005 - Aunque Parezca Mentira / Stange As It May Seem [Tres Sopas / Three Soups - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788466747806
ISBN-10: 846674780X
Genres: Children's Books, Nonfiction
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Algunos Miedos/ Some Fears
2005 - Algunos Miedos/ Some Fears [Sopa De Libros/ Book Soup - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788466745758
ISBN-10: 8466745750
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction
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2003 - Latin America [Exploring History] (Hardcover)
2001 - Raul Pintado De Azul [Torre De Papel. Torre Roja - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2001 - Nina Bonita a Story [Children's Books from Around the World] (Paperback)Hardcover
2000 - Exploration Into Latin America [Exploration Into] (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
El Canto De La Plaza [Spanish Edition] (Other)Paperback
Todo Al Mismo Tiempo Ahora [Spanish Edition] (Other)
Bisa Bea Bisa Bel [Spanish Edition] (Hardcover)Paperback
Clasicos Ninos Y Jovenes [Catalejo - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Historia Medio Al Reves [Half- A la Orilla del Viento - Spanish Edition] (Hardcover)
Aunque Parezca Mentira / Strange As It May Seem [Sopa De Libros / Books Soup - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)Hardcover
Senora De Los Mares / Lady of the Sea [Leer Es Vivir - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
El Misterio De La Isla [Leer Es Vivir - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Bisa Bea Bisa Bel/great-grandmother Bea Great Granddaughter Bel [Coleccion Mundo Magico, 57 - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)Hardcover
La Abuelita Aventurera/ the Adventurous Grandmother [El Barco De Vapor - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
El Domador De Monstruos/ the Monster's Tamer [El Barco De Vapor. Serie Blanca] (Paperback)
El Domador De Monstruos/ the Monster Tamer [Lee Y Repasatelo Bien / Read, Review and Have Fun - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Menina Bonita Do Laco De Fita [Nova Ortografia - Em Portugues do Brasil] (Paperback)
Mico Maneco - Coleo Mico Maneco [Em Portuguese do Brasil] (Paperback)
Menino Poti [Em Portuguese do Brasil] (Paperback)
Cabe Na Mala - Coleo Mico Maneco [Em Portuguese do Brasil] (Paperback)
Tropical Sol Da Liberdade [Portuguese Edition] (Other)
Palavra De Honra [Portuguese Edition] (Hardcover)
Alguns Medos E Seus Segredos [Em Portugues do Brasil] (Paperback)
Buenas Palabras Malas Palabras/ Good Words Bad Words [La Llave/ the Key - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
El Yeca El Tatu [Pan Flauta - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)Hardcover
Eso No Me Lo Quita Nadie [Torre de Papel - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Todo Al Mismo Tiempo [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Un Monton De Unicornios [Coleccion Torre De Papel. Torre Naranja - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Mensaje Para Ti [Zona Libre/ Free Zone - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Un Parajito Me Conto a Little Bird Told Me [A la Orilla del Viento - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)Paperback