Giulietta wants a puppy more than anything else, but her mother wouldn’t allow pets to bring dirt and chaos in her perfect house. Her pine-scented dwelling can only be home to little turtles living in cardboard boxes, and puppy toys. But the Three Wise Men (who never make mistakes) grant the little girl’s wish, making her meet Batata, a nice, white doggie! Nevertheless, if Batata wants to live with Giulietta and her mother, he should become a very, veeeery good-mannered dog… will the puppy succeed in such a difficult task? This sweet, entertaining story by the Argentinian writer Graciela Beatriz Cabal is now published in Italy for the first time, along with the delicate illustrations by Giulia Pintus, whose pastel colours and witty style give the characters a funny appearance matching the light-hearted irony of the text.
This “story for little girls and puppies” also gives parents something to think about. Would you prefer a real dog, who plays, barks, and does his business, or a puppy toy, who’s always clean and only wags his tail when you pull a string? Is it better to live in a perfect home, or in a home full of life?
Graciela Beatriz Cabal (1939–2004) was an Argentinian writer and journalist. She was an avid reader and studied with Jorge Luís Borges. She found Cinderellas and perfect houses boring, while she really enjoyed collecting prizes and travelling around Argentina with her suitcase filled with stories. She had children, grandchildren, a husband, a dog, a cat, parrots and a very, very strange home… She wrote more than sixty children books, plus some other books for grown-ups, all of them unpublished in Italy – until now. Batata was first published in 1998. By the same author, #logosedizioni also published Giacinto (2018), her first short story.
Giulia Pintus is a freelance illustrator and sometimes also a bizarre writer. She lives between Piacenza and Bologna, but she hopes one day she could live all around the world. She likes using the pencil like children, and loves matching sage green with pink. When she’s happy, she draws vegetables; when she’s sad, she draws cans. She works in a study in dots and stripes called Foglie al Vento (Leaves in the Wind). Her puppy’s name is Senape.
With #logosedizioni she also published Attilio (2017) and Giacinto (2018).
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|Author||Graciela Beatriz Cabal|
|Nel segno dell'infanzia||Corriere di Bologna||18-03-2018|
|Un viaggio nell'illustrazione e nella narrativa per bambini e giovani adulti||Espoarte||www||07-04-2018|
|Vetrina-menù: le ultime sui libri per bambini e ragazzi||Book Avenue Kids||www||01-10-2018|
|#bookbreakfast||Robinson (La Repubblica)||21-10-2018|
|Batata||C'era una volta||www||03-12-2018|