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By Gianni Rodari
Illustrated by Valerio Vidali
Translated from Italian by Anthony Shugaar
★ Winner of the 2021 Mildred A. Batchelder Award
★ Winner of the 2020 Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’s English Translation Prize
- Every night, at nine o’clock, wherever he is, Mr. Bianchi, an accountant who often travels for work, calls his daughter and tells her a bedtime story.
- Set in the 20th century era of pay phones, each story has to be told in the time that a single coin will buy.
- One night, it’s the story of a carousel so beloved by children that an old man finally sneaks on to understand why, and as he sails above the world, he does.
- The next night, it’s a land filled with butter men, roads paved with chocolate, or a young shrimp who has the courage to defy expectations and do things differently.
- Reminiscent of Scheherazade and One Thousand and One Nights, Gianni Rodari’s Telephone Tales is composed of many stories within a story.
- Each is set in a different place and time, with unconventional characters and a wonderful mix of reality and fantasy.
- Awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1970, Gianni Rodari is widely considered to be Italy’s most important children’s author of the 20th century.
- Gorgeously illustrated by Italian artist Valerio Vidali, these stories entertain with wit, surprise, and imagination.
- 6.25" (W) x 9.5" (H)
- 212 pages
- Hard Cover