Monteiro Lobato's Children Novels
Lobato's books have been translated to Spanish, but not into English. Here's the full list of his children books:
- Reinações de Narizinho ("Adventures of Little Nose"). The same book mentioned above, but reedited, enlarged and renamed. Presents all major characters.
- Viagem ao Céu ("Voyage to the Sky"). Pete befriends an invisible magic being nicknamed Feather, because he must wear a feather in his cap so that Pete can know where he is. This being travels throughout space and time using a magic powder (codename: Pirlimpimpim) and Pete finds himself in possession of some as Feather forgets (or intentionally leaves) his knapsack on Pete's bed. Using the powder, Pete and the others take a trip through the Solar System—in which they learn a lot about the planets and meet several mythical beings.
- O Saci ("The Saci"). Pete learns from an old man, Barnabé, how to attract and entrap a Saci with whom he eventually becomes friends.
- Caçadas de Pedrinho ("Pete's Hunting"). Pete hunts down a jaguar and evades a siege of the Farm by the other jaguars. In the meantime the real action is happening: a rhinoceros escapes from the circus and is found and hid by Emilia. Pete is asked to help find him but is eventually beaten by the doll's great intelligence.
- Aventuras de Hans Staden ("The Adventures of Hans Staden"). The tale of the 16th-century German sailor who survived a shipwreck but was taken as hostage by the Tupinamba Indians for two years is told by Mrs. Benta to the Children in a fortnight of night meals.
- História do Mundo Para Crianças ("History of the World for Children"). Lobato's best-seller of all time. History teachers loved this book because it indeed helped children learn history, at the cost of giving augmented importance to funny anecdotes. The language is superbly simple and colloquial, all terminology is either dropped or explained in advance. History is taught as a series of causos (folk stories) told by Mrs. Benta to the Children.
- Memórias da Emília ("Emilia's Memoirs"). Emilia takes the corncob Viscount as a secretary and starts to write on his life. As she is still too young, she "adds" a lot to what happened, which makes every previous story seem different. In the meantime some English children come to the Ranch to visit the Angel with the Broken Wing.
- Emília no País da Gramática ("Emilia in the Land of Grammar"). The most original Grammar ever written! The children come to Grammar Country, where each language has a city and, guided by the bookworm rhinoceros, Quindim, learn spelling, linguistics, the use of dictionaries, syntax, etc.
- Aritmética da Emília ("Emilia's Math Book"). Teaches the basics of Arithmetics and Algebra.
- Geografia de Dona Benta ("Mrs. Benta's Geography"). The children are taken by Mrs. Benta in a world cruise on board the seaship "Terror dos Mares" (Terror of the Seas). Lobato spends a lot of energy to describe how the United States and Japan managed to become developed nations quite recently (with the hope that his readers, when adult, would implement the same policies in Brazil).
- Serões de Dona Benta ("Night Chatting With Mrs. Benta"). Mrs. Benta helps Pete learn Physics.
- História das Invenções ("The History of Inventions"). The children want to know "how things were invented" and Mrs. Benta teaches them. The interesting thing about this book is how it groups inventions according to the part of the body they supposedly "extend" and the vivid language that is used to tell the lives of famous inventors, like Santos-Dumont, the Wright Brothers, Thomas Edison and Guglielmo Marconi.
- Histórias de Tia Nastácia ("Aunt Anastacia's Tales"). Anastacia tells Brazilian folk tales to the children.
- O Picapau Amarelo ("The Yellow Woodpecker"). The characters of the fables move into Mrs. Benta's Farm, causing a lot of humdrum.
- A Reforma da Natureza ("Reforming Nature"). Emilia and Viscount dabble into Genetics and Endochrinology and eventually make many monsters, like a giant flea, a giant legged earthworm, and some more. After all the humdrum, and taking advantage from Mrs. Benta's trip to a cousin's home, Emilia implements his radical reformation views on the plants and animals found in the Farm. When Mrs. Benta comes back things are beyond recognition. Hilarious, surrealistic, positively not only for children.
- O Minotauro ("The Minotaur"). After the disappearance of Anastacia in "O Picapau Amarelo", everybody goes to the mythical Ancient Greece, where they expect to find her. After many adventures there, they come back with her.
- A Chave do Tamanho ("The Size Switch"). Furious with the rampant war World War II, Emilia plans to go to the "House of Switches", in the end of the world, and switch war off. However, she makes a mistake and switches off the size of humans, which causes all mankind to become two-inch tall. In the aftermath of the change, while the world leaders try to keep war going, common people try to organise themselves to survive against huge threats like rainfall, stray cats & dogs, closed doors, mice and roaches, etc. Despite the huge number of deaths (mostly of people who cannot adapt to change), Lobato depicts a world that is possibly happier little than it was "big".
- Fábulas ("Fables"). Aesop's and La Fontaine's fables are told by Mrs. Benta and "commented on" by the children. No, this is not a boring book. The children, especially the talkative doll, Emilia are pitiless in their critique of the fables, ranging from sardonic irony to "blearrgh". Yet they find many of the fables interesting.
- Os Doze Trabalhos de Hércules ("The Twelve Labors of Hercules"). For the first time in all modern literatures, the famous 12 Trials of the famous Greek demi-god are told, in Lobato's peculiar style, with the participation of the children.
- Peter Pan ("The Story of Peter Pan"). Mrs. Benta tells the story of Peter Pan for their grandchildren.
- Don Quixote das Crianças ("Don Quixote for Children"). The story of Don Quixote de la Mancha told for children.
- O Poço do Visconde ("The Viscount's Well"). Viscount, Emilia and the children go in the search for petroleum in the Farm.
- Histórias Diversas ("Diverse Stories"). Several stories of the Farm (like "As botas de sete léguas", "A rainha Mabe", "A violeta orgulhosa", "O periscópio", "A segunda jaca", "A lampréia", "Lagartas e borboletas", "As fadas", "A reinação atômica", "As ninfas de Emília", "O centaurinho", "Uma pequena fada", "Conto argentino", "O museu da Emília"). Some of these stories should have turned books if the author had not died in 1948, and others are stories that have never been shown in the books by Monteiro Lobato. The only exception is "O Museu da Emília" ("The Emilia's Museum"), which was written by Monteiro Lobato to be a play at a school in São Paulo in 1938.
Lobato's books are not yet in public domain. His copyright is due to expire in 2018.
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