The Menino

The Menino

A Story Based on Real Events

Written by: Isol
Illustrated by: Isol
Translated by: Amado, Elisa
ages 0 to 3 / grades P to 3

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A book for babies and their parents about the whole new world that they both encounter when the baby arrives.

When the new baby arrives, both the baby and the parents are in for a steep learning curve. In this book, born out of personal experience, internationally renowned author/illustrator Isol brings us a dual narrative and guide. For babies, there’s a rich range of images of babies and all their functions to look at. From crying, to nursing, to peeing and pooing, to looking, to hearing, to deciding that this weird new world they’ve entered is worth staying in (because they finally recognize that in every grown-up they see a former baby), there are hours of fun and amusement, since babies love nothing better than looking at and talking about themselves.

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For parents, this is a wonderful exploration of the new world this stranger-baby brings with them. Amusingly written, the text presents in a humorous, wry way all the facets of the new baby’s reality. A great gift for new parents both before and after baby is born.

A book for babies and their parents about the whole new world that they both encounter when the baby arrives.

When the new baby arrives, both the baby and the parents are in for a steep learning curve. In this book, born out of personal experience, internationally renowned author/illustrator Isol brings us a dual narrative and guide. For babies, there’s a rich range of images of babies and all their functions to look at. From crying, to nursing, to peeing and pooing, to looking, to hearing, to deciding that this weird new world they’ve entered is worth staying in (because they finally recognize that in every grown-up they see a former baby), there are hours of fun and amusement, since babies love nothing better than looking at and talking about themselves.

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For parents, this is a wonderful exploration of the new world this stranger-baby brings with them. Amusingly written, the text presents in a humorous, wry way all the facets of the new baby’s reality. A great gift for new parents both before and after baby is born.

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd — Sep 24, 2015
Specifications 64 pages | 8.5 in x 10.625 in
Written By

ISOL is an Argentine author and illustrator of children’s books with a passion for comic book artistry, literature and the visual arts. She has been honored with the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for her outstanding contribution to children’s literature, has twice been selected as a finalist for the Hans Christian Andersen Award and has won a Golden Apple at the Biennial of Illustration, Bratislava. Isol has also written and illustrated The Menino; Petit, the Monster; Beautiful Griselda and Nocturne. To date, her books have been published in over twenty countries and in seventeen languages. Isol lives in Buenos Aires.

Illustrated by

ISOL is an Argentine author and illustrator of children’s books with a passion for comic book artistry, literature and the visual arts. She has been honored with the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for her outstanding contribution to children’s literature, has twice been selected as a finalist for the Hans Christian Andersen Award and has won a Golden Apple at the Biennial of Illustration, Bratislava. Isol has also written and illustrated The Menino; Petit, the Monster; Beautiful Griselda and Nocturne. To date, her books have been published in over twenty countries and in seventeen languages. Isol lives in Buenos Aires.

Written By

ISOL is an Argentine author and illustrator of children’s books with a passion for comic book artistry, literature and the visual arts. She has been honored with the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for her outstanding contribution to children’s literature, has twice been selected as a finalist for the Hans Christian Andersen Award and has won a Golden Apple at the Biennial of Illustration, Bratislava. Isol has also written and illustrated The Menino; Petit, the Monster; Beautiful Griselda and Nocturne. To date, her books have been published in over twenty countries and in seventeen languages. Isol lives in Buenos Aires.

Illustrated by

ISOL is an Argentine author and illustrator of children’s books with a passion for comic book artistry, literature and the visual arts. She has been honored with the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for her outstanding contribution to children’s literature, has twice been selected as a finalist for the Hans Christian Andersen Award and has won a Golden Apple at the Biennial of Illustration, Bratislava. Isol has also written and illustrated The Menino; Petit, the Monster; Beautiful Griselda and Nocturne. To date, her books have been published in over twenty countries and in seventeen languages. Isol lives in Buenos Aires.

Audience ages 0 to 3 / grades P to 3
Reading Levels Lexile AD730L
Guided Reading NA

Commended, New York Times' Notable Children's Books of the Year, 2015

“The trope that imagines a baby as an exotic creature—or perhaps even an alien—is taken to full and nearly irresistible flower.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Tender and funny, a celebration of the hard work that takes place on both sides to settle the complicated little traveler into its new world.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, STARRED REVIEW

“Human biology is made fresh and magnificent again. The shocking perfection of our bodies and our mode of growing these bodies is celebrated.” —New York Times

“The book ends on a particularly affirmative note, recognizing our common baby origins and common human trajectories.” —Horn Book Magazine, review

“The poetic, the philosophical, and the practical converge into a love letter to the unfolding of new life.” —Brain Pickings