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Susan Hughes / Marianne Ferrer

Gaudi and the House that Carmen Built

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A joyful celebration of the nature-inspired work of architect Antoni Gaudi.

Carmen Batllo 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 Gaudi's direction, Carmen discovers Gaudi 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 Batllo family and the house Gaudi 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 Gaudi's inventive designs to life. An author's note provides more information about the real story behind the house and Gaudi's lifelong passion for nature.


Author: Susan Hughes

Illustrator: Marianne Ferrer

Format: Hardcover

Imprint: Owlkids Books

Publication Date: 1 May 2021

ISBN: 9781771473927