Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Nutty Boy, by Ziraldo

"The Nutty Boy" - movie and book

This week I watched "Menino Maluquinho" [The Nutty Boy] again. This 2007 movie is based on a very popular homonymous children book published for the first time in 1980. My mom gave me this book (not exactly the one in the picture - I bought this one some time ago in a "book machine" in a subway station in São Paulo) when I was 7 or 8 and I remember to have enjoyed it a lot.

The book was written and drawn by Ziraldo Alves Pinto (he's known simply as Ziraldo), a very known Brazilian cartoonist. His biography can be read here (in English).

That's what the Nutty Boy look like:

"Once upon a time there was a nutty boy."

And that's Samuel Costa, the actor who played the role of the Nutty Boy in the movie:

Samuel Costa and Ziraldo

The Nutty Boy is a very lively boy. He's loved by his parents and all of his friends. He enjoys playing soccer and other games. All the girls are in love with him because he's very romantic - he writes poems for them and also draws flowers in their notebooks and hearts in the trees.

"For some people he was a uirapuru*"

* "uirapuru" is a kind of bird that sings very well

"for others he was a saci**"

** "saci" is a character from the Brazilian folklore (it's a black boy with a single leg who smokes a pipe and wears a red cap). More about saci can be read here.

The movie is very well adapted and the story is set in the State of Minas Gerais (region where Ziraldo, the author, was born). The era is the 70's, when children played a lot in the streets - and less with videogames and electronic games.

Homework on Brazilian History made by the Nutty Boy

I think this book is a great homage to children and to the time they have before being a grown up. Even after more than twenty years I still like it.

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