Almost classic tales

The Emperor's new clothes

A long, longtime ago, there was an emperor with a terrible passion for new and expensive clothes; he would spend all his money in luxurious garments and decoration. He didn't care about soldiers, theatre or travelling through his empire, all he was interested in was showing off the most fashionable outfits. He had one for each time of the day and would spend most of his life in his wardrobe. The famous tale by Hans Christian Andersen about the foolish and hypocritical nature of power is finely illustrated by Albertine in a brand new translation by Daniela Iride Murgia. [Text in Italian]

Once upon a time in Persia

Once upon a time in Persia, there was a girl who had never looked at herself in the mirror, so she did not know what she looked like. Her beauty attracts a man who wants to marry her. But, as in the best legends, a mysterious beginning leads to a series of misfortunes until she runs away and he leaves in desperate pursuit of her. Text by Sahar Doustar, who was born in Iran but moved to Italy, and illustrations by Daniela Tieni, guide readers towards a moving ending. [Text in Italian]

The first laughter

Gioconda Belli and Alicia Baladan wonderfully rielaborate the legend of how the first laughter came into being. In a sort of eden made of a lush and mysterious tropical forest, the protagonists realize they are the first man and the first woman on earth and they start playing with the plants and the animals around them. A story about generosity and nature where, by means of marvelous words and images, everything becomes light, joy and colour. [Text in Italian]


Rosmarino receives a magic wand as a birthday present. What for a magic wand? She had wished roller skates but that’s forbidden to fairies.  “What if you fall down and get nose-bleed?” Her mom says. “That’s not nice for a fairy”. Rosmarino would rather be a witch, fairies are just so boring. Will she become so? You’ll find out reading Rosmarino’s adventures though Carll Cneut stunning illustrations. [Text in Italian]

Traveling on the fish

Die Fischreise was written and illustrated by Tom Seidmann Freud, and published in 1923. It tells the dream of a child: riding on a goldfish horseback, he gets to an ideal, unknown city where children, its only inhabitants, welcome him warmly. The place is all harmony, beauty and fraternity: children passionately study and work and days go happily by. Written on the eve of tragic historical events, this book stands for a moving desire for a better future and a better world.

The silver bell

The well known Sardinian legend of the magic goat who leads a shepherd boy to a treasure had a great influence on Maria Lai’s work. She rewrote it again and again, imagining a different ending. The story in this book comes from a contamination of many different versions and it’s a metaphor of the power of art. Along with the story, the illustrations by Gioia Marchegiani narrate the landscape and the culture of the island. [Text in Italian]

The elephant

The elephant is a classic of Russian literature by Aleksandr Ivanovic Kuprin, which has been translated into Italian for the first time now and illustrated by the very talented Riccardo Guasco. It’s the story of a little girl suffering a disease that has made her weak and loose her appetite. She asks her father an elephant, as the only thing that would make her feel better. Sasha, her father, tries his best to make her last wish come true and manages to bring home “little” Tomi, which turns out to have unexpected healing power.
[Text in Italian]

Sun Moon Star

This masterwork of Northern American literature, out now in Italy for the first time, was originally published by Hutchinson in 1980. Kurt Vonnegut tells Christmas Eve and the birth of the Creator from a very unusual perspective, being ironic and poetic at the same time. So does Ivan Chermayeff with his minimal illustrations. What comes out from their union is true marvel. [Text in Italian]

Ba's story

Tomi lives in a an African village which is just as old as the Earth, like Grandpa Ba is used to tell children under the Galam tree, where they gather to listen to his stories on the beginning of the world. He tells about a millet grain that started life and all creatures: men, animals, plants; and stories about tortoises and stars, which were once so close that children could play with them. The day Ba’s soul decides to return to its millet grain, Tomi realizes he must keep these stories alive so to preserve his people.

Sufis, beasts and sultans

Jalâl âlDîn Rûmî, is a great Persian mystic poet of the 13th century. His major work, Mathnawî, is a collection of symbolic tales, anecdotes, sayings, wisdom writings and wise advices. His work had a fundamental influence on Middle-eastern thought and expresses the Sufi philosophy: respect for all religions and ideologies, human beings and nature, love of learning and self-education. This collection offers 16 stories each one accompanied by the visual talent of a great Iranian contemporary illustrator.
[Text in Italian]