Carmen and the House That Gaudí Built

A picture book by Susan Hughes, illustrated by Marianne Ferrer.

Susan Hughes, illustrated by Marianne Ferrer

Carmen Batlló and Dragon, her imaginary salamander friend, love exploring the woods behind their home. But when Carmen's family announces a move to the city, Carmen is miserable. Not only will she lose her connection to nature, she will also lose Dragon. After all, the city is no place for salamanders.

As she watches her family's new house take shape under famous architect Antoni Gaudí, Carmen discovers Gaudí also has a passion for the natural world. Walls curve and rise like a cave, mosaic flooring sparkles like lilies on a pond, and a fireplace shaped like a mushroom keeps the house warm.

Best of all, there's even a place for Dragon! Inspired by the real Batlló family and the house Gaudí designed for them, this picture book encourages readers to find inspiration in their surroundings and keep their hearts open to change. Stunning watercolour illustrations bring Gaudí's inventive designs to life. An author's note provides more information about the real story behind the house and Gaudí's lifelong passion for nature. (From Owlkids)

Susan Hughes is a Toronto editor and author who has written more than 30 books for children of all ages, including Off to Class and What Happens Next.

Carmen and the House That Gaudí Built was inspired by author Susan Hughes's visit to Casa Batlló, a residence architect Antoni Gaudí built in Spain.

Marianne Ferrer is an illustrator living in Montreal, Quebec. She moved to Canada from Venezuela, trading mango trees for maple trees to inspire her lush, nature-filled, delicate watercolor illustrations.

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