If Chick was not annoying

In PW’s otherwise favorable review of Fox + Chick, the author questions the two friends’ relationship: “The root of their friendship remains an enigma—why does Fox tolerate such an annoying friend?” I’m happy to rethink the three stories making Chick not annoying:

– The Party (to be renamed The Bathroom)
Fox is at home, reading a book. Chick arrives and asks if he can use Fox’s bathroom. Fox says yes. Chick uses the bathroom and then leaves.

– Good Soup
Fox is picking vegetables to make soup. Chick follows Fox around. Fox makes soup for both of them. They eat the soup.

– The Portrait (to be renamed The Landscape)
Fox is on a hill to paint a landscape. Chick arrives and admires Fox’s talent. When the painting is done, they walk together down the hill.

To see the original version of the stories, you can get the book at your local bookseller or on Indiebound.


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“Vita di uno strano signore” or, “Life of a strange gentleman.”

About two years ago, the Associazione Culturale Hamelin invited me to have personal exhibition of my work in their beautiful rooms in the center of Bologna. Flattered but equally scared, I accepted the invitation. The show, titled “Vita di uno strano signore,” opened last month during the Bologna Children’s Book Fair and will stay up until May 4.

Here are a series of pictures from opening night, taken by Hamelin’s own Emanuele Rosso. I will post soon a different series of pictures without visitors, to better illustrate what was shown.

Thank-you to all who helped to organize the show and to everyone who visited.



The most important moment of the preparations: stuffing the tigelle.

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A Round of Robins

Written by Katie Hesterman and published by Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Random House, was released on March 27, 2018.9780399547782_p0_v1_s600x595

This Is Not a Picture Book!


This Is Not a Picture Book! came out on May 3, 2016, published by Chronicle Books. You can find a copy at your local bookstore or order it on Indiebound.

“Such a lovely, irreverent illustrated ode to books and why we read.” –Brain Pickings

Named a New York Times Notable Book of 2016

Named a Publishers Weekly Best Picture Book of 2016

Named a School Library Journal Best Picture Book of 2016

A Parents’ Choice Gold Medal.

“An affirmation of the transformative power of reading.” –Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A book about learning to read. offers gentle empathy for kids tackling this intimidating task.” –Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Sweet, profound book… pays a sneaky tribute to the power of words and pictures to work together. Brilliant endpapers.” –The New York Times

“Effectively demonstrates the magic of reading and the power of imagination.” –School Library Journal, starred review

“Read. Share. Repeat. This one is a joy.” –Julie Danielson, Kirkus Reviews