You Can’t Be Too Careful!


Published: Coming April 4, 2017


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By Roger Mello
Translated from Portuguese by Daniel Hahn

Brazilian writer and illustrator Roger Mello gained international recognition when he won the coveted Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2014. According to the jury, “Roger Mello’s illustrations allow the child to be guided through stories by their imaginations. The stories demonstrate a broad international understanding. The illustrations are both innovative and inclusive, and incorporate images that promote tolerance and respect between individuals from different cultures and traditions.” In You Can’t Be Too Careful!, Mello explores an idea he had as a child: that one small action can have marvelous consequences. Through wordplay, dreamlike images, and a playful lightness of touch, You Can’t Be Too Careful! expresses serious questions about the dangers of greed and the importance of kindness.

Published: April 4, 2017

$18 hardcover – ISBN: 978-0-914671-64-0
$15 ebook – eISBN: 978-0-914671-65-7

  • Published with the support of the Ministry of Culture of Brazil/Biblioteca Nacional
  • A 2018 Mildred L. Batchelder Honor Book, awarded by the American Library Association (ALA) for an outstanding work originally published outside the United States and subsequently translated to English.
  • Best Picture Books of 2017, Kirkus Reviews
  • Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Notable Children’s Book, 2018



  • Mark your calendars for the Center for Art and Translation’s celebration of Elsewhere Editions with Roger Mello and Daniel Hahn!
  • Listen to Roger talk with about his mixed media technique and the importance of detail here.