Pilar is a lively ten-year-old girl with a wonderfully vivid imagination. She lives in Rio de Janeiro with her mother and her cat Samba. Together with her best friend Breno, Pilar likes to escape her everyday troubles – in her magic hammock, which takes her to exotic and strange places all over the world. Taking up contemporary issues seen through the eyes of a curious and ingenious girl,the beautifully written Pilar series will charm both young readers and adults alike.
In her latest adventure, Diário de Pilar na China (“Pilar goes to China”), Pilar, her friend Breno and the cat Samba meet a girl called Fang Fang and together they try to save her family and her city, which was flooded when the Black Dragon’s fury stirred up the waters of the river. Along the way, Pilar also finds clues about the whereabouts of her father.
In Diário de Pilar em Machu Picchu (“Pilar Goes to Machu Picchu”), Pilar travels to the sacred site of the ancient Inca to save her cat Samba from being sacrificed to the sun god Inti. Along the way, Pilar makes the acquaintance of a lama and reunites a new friend with her long-lost parents.
In Diário de Pilar na Amazônia (“Pilar Goes to the Amazon”), Pilar, Breno and Samba travel to the Amazon region to look for Pilar’s father, who disappeared years ago. Together with their new Brazilian friends, Pilar helps protect the rain forest, meeting legendary creatures of the jungle and learning the rites of the feared Amazon women. In an enchantingly light way, Pilar addresses profound topics that any reader can identify with.
In Diário de Pilar no Egito (“Pilar Goes to Egypt”), Pilar uses her magic hammock to escape from some trouble at school to Ancient Egypt. There she and her friends meet the boy Tutankhamun, who has been buried alive by his enemies. Embarking on an adventure to get back his throne, they learn a lot about the land and its fascinating culture, for example how papyrus was discovered. And Pilar even learns to write in hieroglyphics so she can protect her diary from prying eyes. Taking an interest in topics like gender equality and alphabetisation, this unusual and loveable character carries us straight into the world of the Egyptian gods.
In Diário de Pilar na Grécia (“Pilar Goes to Greece”), Pilar’s Grandpa Pedro leaves for Greece. In his wardrobe, Pilar finds a note he left her, together with a magic hammock. When she and Samba climb into it, they suddenly find themselves on a beautiful beach. Together they embark on incredible adventures and delve deep into the myths and legends of Ancient Greece. Writing in simple and endearing language, Flávia Lins e Silva manages to look straight into children’s hearts. Joana Penna’s illustrations turn the book into a real diary and a true treasure trove for any adventurous girl or boy.
Lins e Silva’s book Caderno de viagens de Pilar (“Pilar’s Journey Notebook”) gives the reader the chance to create their own personal travel diary, writing and drawing and inventing along the way. With the help of Pilar, who is already a real expert in the field, everyone can get to know new cultures, learn new words and make new friends all over the globe. And become masters of the imagination.