O meu amigo Zeca Tum-Tum (2010)



From the few posts I made about books, most of them were knowledge books and the only non-knowledge book that was inspired by everyday facts. This opinion post will be, therefore, the first one I’ll make of a fictional book targeted at younger people

In this case, it’s part of a 8-book collection (as of 2013) entitled “O mundo à minha volta” (“The world around me”): “O meu amigo Zeca Tum-Tum e os outros” (“My friend Zeca Tum-Tum and the others”), made by José Fanha (if I’m not mistaken, it’s the same person who wrote the lyrics to the portuguese entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 1996, “O meu coração não tem cor”, sung by Lúcia Moniz), illustrated by Sandra Serra and published by Gailivro in 2010 

General plot: the main character (and the narrator of the story) is a friendly and chubby boy named . On the first chapter, he remembers how he became friends with Zeca Tum-Tum (real name: José Tavares), a joyful and feasty fellow: they weren’t really the best of friends at the start, but they would become the best of friends following a fight against some bullies who were mocking at them

The second chapter introduces us to belarussian born Maria Sarabandovitch (her last name is a nickname because when her father went to their school for a performance, she said he was going to perform a “sarabanda” (a slow folk musical and dance style) from a gentleman whose name ended with “-itch”. When she came to Portugal, she only knew a few words in portuguese), a intelligent and sporty girl. She also happens to be ‘s love interest

The third chapter gives us a introduction to brazilian born Pirapora (real name: Washington Petronillo Vademecum Azaraguá da Silva. The nickname stands for a 1977 song made by Renato Teixeira and first sung by Elis Regina, “Romaria” , a song he was singing numerous times. One of the lines had the name from which he became known to his colleagues), a cocky and flirtatious boy. At a certain extent, both he and Zeca have multiple fights, always trying to prove one’s better than the other, etc…

The fourth chapter is centered on chinese born Tiago Ping-Pong (the last name is a nickname as he’s an ace when it comes to table tennis), a quite serious and focused boy (but with moderation, since he has become a cheerful boy as well. He’s also known to be a talented hip-hop dancer)

While the fifth chapter gives us a list of other friends of ‘s class and their food specialites, the sixth chapter chronicles the time when he tried to form a rap group with Zeca, Tiago and Alberto Bê da Baca (a boy from Barcelos, Oporto, that often swaps words starting with “v” to  “b”). At a certain moment, Tiago wasn’t digging the lyrics that much for a certain reason – but all was forgotten and he starts to laugh, since they are so different from each other and yet they like to do things together

The seventh chapter is, in a way, the continuation of the third chapter: one day, both Zeca and Pirapora were fighting for Maria‘s attention. had a bad feeling about this (and he tried to stop their fight), but it was up to Maria herself to stop it from happening and telling them to be friends again by shaking hands. The eighth and last chapter confirms the events of the second chapter, but a twist emerges: Maria herself asks to be her boyfriend as she likes him very much as well. And that’s the end of the story

My opinion: The attraction for this book (that has only 40 pagesis without a doubt its main theme. That array of different characters from different nationalities with that sort of globalization and friendship is what makes this story so special and endearing. Nice storytelling by its author, by the way, and what a beautiful and appellative illustration by Sandra Serra

All in all, I’d reccomend this to all readers who like to read all sorts of books, magazines, etc…

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)


Posted on 20 de March de 2013, in Books. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: