What makes us human

Original Title:

What makes us human


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ISBN: n/a

40 pages

8.5” x 11” (21,6 x 27,94 cm) - n/a€

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I have been around for a very long time. Longer than toys, dogs, or anyone you know. I am everywhere.

Can you guess what I am?

This book reads as a riddle that readers must solve by the end of the book. Clues are scattered throughout the pages as to what the theme of the book may be.


unpublished project

original language: English


Rights sold: English (USA/CAN/UK), French (excluding Africa and Middle East), Spanish (world), Basque, Galician, Catalan, Asturian, simplified Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Italian, Changana/Macua/Sena (Mozambique), Mapuzungun (Chile), Turkish languages


Select reviews: 

⭐ “A thoughtfully guided quest for the identity of a narrator both foreign and familiar. Forlati’s textural mixed-media illustrations offer a map of meaningful keys and symbols.”

– Ellen Heck, author/illustrator of A is for Bee (a New York Times Best Children’s Book of 2022)


⭐ “As you cross time and space and solve a riddle full of beautiful metaphors, an amazing answer awaits at the end to make us look at our existence in a new way.”

JiHyun Kim, author/illustrator of The Depth of the Lake and the Height of the Sky (a New York Public Library Best Book of 2022)


⭐ “A beautifully illustrated book about our shared humanity. An engaging read and wonderful concept” 

Felicita Sala, author/illustrator of Dark on Light, Be a Tree, Arno and His Horse, and All from a Walnut



Awards, special mentions & selections:

⭐ selected for The Unpublished Picture Book Showcase by dPictus 2022

⭐ Selected for the 2023 Bologna Children’s Fair exhibition Beauty and the World: The New Non-Fiction Picture Books

⭐ Supported by UNESCO 



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