Um passarinho me contou [A little bird told me] by José Paulo Paes, 1996. "In this book, like others children’s books I’ve made, I created the book design and the illustrations. I am not a professional illustrator in the sense that I can draw exactly what a art director wants to. I want to illustrate just the books that I design. In a children’s book I believe the most important thing to do is to let the fantasy go, and see what is so different, what a child can see, the associations they do. I try to draw that. I try to see what is hidden. For example in the spread where you see two kids kissing an elephant, on the last part of the poem is written'...but what would happen, I ask my self, if the elephants put their noses in our business" (to put a nose where nobody asked you to is a Brazilian expression wich means that you are bothering). Nobody talks about kissing an elephant trunk but I thought that would be a funny image if you go kiss your boy/girlfriend and suddenly there was an elephant in between! I’ve made the drawings with pen/brush and china ink, scanned them and worked backgrounds, colors and other details in the computer." 27.5 x 20.3 cm, 4-color, softcover.