O Quebra-cabeças, picturebook made by Helena Carvalho (text) and Mariana Rio (illustration), aims to trigger a profound reflection about shape, beauty, body and identity in the reader, trying to make him wonder about his perception of himself and others.
In the making of the illustration, I've created an imaginary world. This geometric and based on Tangram game world is inhabited by fictional beings with diverse forms. The image sequence of the book aims to provide the reader with a mental game about these shapes and its possible fittings. This will lead the reader into a deeper thinking of the text’s main issues.
O Quebra-Cabeças is a book about different bodies. It is an unfinished puzzle for readers to think about… What is perfection? What are beautiful bodies? Does geometry has anything to do with these matters? 

Helena Carvalho 
Mariana Rio 
Publishing house 
Edições Eterogemeas
Selected - Illustrators Exhibition, Bologna Children's Book Fair (2013)
Jury Distinction – 17th Portuguese National Illustration Award (2013)
Merit Winner - Children's Illustration ProShow Annual, 3x3 The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration, NY (2012)
Selected - 100 Books for the Future, Bologna Children´s Book Fair Guest Country Exhibition (2012)
Finalist - CJ Picture Book Awards, Cj Cultural Foundation, Seoul (2010)


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