Quite simply, the picture books of author Isabel MInhos Martins and illustrator Madalena Matoso are astonishingly good. Their collaborations are distinctive and bold, light and playful. They take as their starting point an open-ended question or idea – the sort of thing that a child might be curious about – and then joyfully attack it from many imaginative angles.
A good place to start is When I Was Born, where they explore first discoveries and the joys of the senses. The illustrations are bright and busy and the blocks of colour work to great effect against a black and white background.
There is plenty to keep a young reader entertained and adults will enjoy remembering what it was like when ‘everything was new’.
Michael Rosen recently suggested that an easy way of engaging a child was to wonder out loud with them. When I Was Born is a book that will allow you to start wondering together.
When I Was Born, by Isabel MInhos Martins and Madalena Matoso, published by Tate Publishing, is available now.