With illustrations by João Vaz de Carvalho, the book tells the story of a very thin man, and "everyone called him skin and bone" because he was poor and had no money, we read in the first pages.
To change his life, Zé Peninha decides to respond to an advertisement – "Medical School buys skeleton in good condition for study. It pays well" – and from there begins a series of peripécias of the protagonist in a body without bones.
Luísa Ducla Soares wrote this story as a teenager to entertain her younger brother – one of her first readers – and has now revised it to an illustrated book edition for children, edited by Horizon Books.
Born in Lisbon in 1939, Luísa Ducla Soares has more than a hundred books published, most of them prose and poetry for children, influenced by stories of oral tradition and everyday themes.
Although the impetus for writing came at the end of his childhood, it was after thirty that he published the first children's book entitled "The Story of the Poppy" (1972), which won him a prize from the National Information refused for conscientious objection.
After this book, the author published "Maria Papoila" and "The soldier John", small tales that years before had been totally censored in the Popular Diary, with which it collaborated.
Graduated in German Philology, she worked in newspapers, publishing houses, the Ministry of Education and the National Library. In 1996 he received the Calouste Gulbenkian Prize for the entire work.
This year she is a candidate for the Swedish literary prize Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.
Almost at the age of 80, and with an enormous bibliography, Luísa Ducla Soares devotes much of her time to writing and meeting readers in school visits.