High Tide

High Tide

Bernardo P. Carvalho

Original Title
Planeta Tangerina, 2011
Picture books
48 pages / 270 x 350 mm
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High Tide

Bernardo P. Carvalho

A silent book can be a disconcerting thing. There are no words on the pages and readers may feel a bit lost. Upon opening this picturebook, some readers might ask worriedly, “What do we do with this book?”. We advise readers to go barefoot (because the tide is coming in) and, while sitting on the sand, breathe in the sea air.

Before long, that strange feeling will almost certainly evaporate and the atmosphere on the beach will engulf you, dissolving your worries. Slowly, the waves will take over. Readers will feel a sudden desire to dive in and, without looking back, they will throw themselves into the blue pages. And, with that, the book will have fulfilled its objective.

Following A day on the beach, Bernardo Carvalho here returns with another wordless picturebook about the seaside. A book to meander through and contemplate calmly (just as we might look at the sea, be it winter or summer).

Press voices

High Tide (Planeta Tangerina) is a picture book which we’d love to dive into on a hot day like today. There are no unnecessary adornments on these pages by Bernardo Carvalho; just an expression of nature which is in synchronicity with the human aspect, a delicate calm which nevertheless contains the movement and the dynamism of things. Dive in and you’ll see.” Carla Maia de Almeida, O Jardim Assombrado blog

Planeta Tangerina offers us an elegant book which has been very rigorously produced, which nevertheless manages to remain very “down to earth”, as much in terms of its subject as in its technique. A picture book designed to be shared, like a family album.” Sophie Van der Linden, SVdL blog

Selected — “100 Outstanding Picturebooks” (dPictus), Frankfurt Book Fair (2018, 2019, 2020)

Selected — “100 Great Children’s Picturebooks” (Martin Salisbury, Laurence King Publishing edition)

Finalist — 4th CJ Picture Book Festival, Korea

Selected — “Best Portuguese Book Designs 2010-2013” (2014)

Best original illustration — LER/Booktailors Awards (2013)

Recommended — Portuguese National Reading Plan