“Gianni Rodari gave free rein to his imagination, with inspired panache and gleeful lightness. At the same time, he had a precise and meticulous love for detail, for rich and exact language, and so all of his inventions are set in a very concrete world that takes form and action.”
—Italo CalvinoFrom the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
(October 23, 1920–April 14, 1980) was an Italian writer and journalist, most famous for his books for children. The recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1970, Rodari is a household name in Italy among educators and parents, not to mention children, and is considered by many literary historians to be the country’s most important writer of children’s literature in the twentieth century. Influenced by French surrealism and linguistics, Rodari advocated poetry and language play as a way to recover the rhythm and sound of oral tradition and nursery rhymes. He is the author of The Grammar of Fantasy
, a classic manual for teachers, as well as many books for children. Antony Shugaar
is an author and translator. Among his recent translations are Everybody’s Right
by Paolo Sorrentino, Bandit Love
by Massimo Carlotto, and Sandokan
by Nanni Balestrini.