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Steve goes to Carnival

SHORTLISTED – 2017 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Small Publishers' Children's Book of the Year

SELECTED – 
2016 International Youth Library White Ravens Catalogue

Steve is a gorilla who lives at a zoo in Rio. In the evenings, he listens to jazz on the radio with his friend, Antonio the zookeeper. One night, Steve is feeling a little lonely and so he lifts the latch of his cage door and goes off to search for Antonio. At the tram stop outside the zoo, he finds a hat — the perfect disguise. Steve climbs aboard a tram and rides down the hillside, past the favelas and into the city. It is carnival time in Rio! Fireworks explode in the sky and sequinned dancers shimmy along the avenue. ‘Feliz Carnaval’ cry the sambistas. Steve follows the sounds of a saxophone and discovers his friend Antonio playing in a quartet at the Blue Jaguar Jazz Club. When a beautiful dancer steps on to the dance floor, Steve takes her by the hand. They twirl and twist to the music until suddenly, Steve’s hat falls off to reveal he is a gorilla! Calmly, the dancer puts Steve’s hat back on his head and they spin this way and that way, this way and that way, all the way to dawn.

$24.95

Praise for Steve goes to Carnival

"How much life and joy can you fit into one picture book? This much! A beautifully drawn, designed and dreamt story for all ages."

Shaun Tan

 

"They have made images that are full of life—Button’s depictions of animals are marvellous—and all the colour and excitement of Rio leaps off the pages."

Louise Pfanner
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Joshua Button

Joshua Button is descended from the Walmajarri people of the East Kimberley. As a young boy growing up in the far north of Western Australia, Joshua spent many weekends fishing and crabbing in the mangroves with his family. His keen interest...

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Robyn Wells

Robyn Wells has a degree in Fine Arts and has lived in the Kimberley for many years. She is passionate about enabling young people to express themselves through language and art.

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Listen to Joshua Button discuss his new book with Daniel Browning on Radio National