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The Invisible

The Invisible


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Alcides Villaça and Andrés Sandoval

Translated from the Portuguese by Flávia Rocha, in collaboration with Endi Bogue Hartigan



Do you ever imagine being invisible? What if you could go around and peek at your love without being seen? Imagine licking from auntie’s ice cream or munching at the candy shop with no one able to see you. This book invites you to play with a boy who is a master in the art of being invisible. Join him as he indulges this special talent—and witness his transformation when he tires of not being seen.


“Better than being invisible

is to imagine the invisible.”


Alcides Villaça wrote this playful poem as an ode to his favorite childhood superpower, invisibility. The illustrator and designer, Andrés Sandoval, explored the relationship between the visible and the invisible: colors, transparencies, and opacities are combined in such a way that every turn of the page hides—and reveals—a surprise.


POETRY FOUNDATION Library Book Pick, August 2022


ISBN: 978-1-7347839-1-9

6.10” (W) x 8.86” (H) • 36 pages • Hardcover


$ 21.95