World Book Day 2019

March 7th, 2019 is World Book Day

What is World Book Day?

World Book Day is a registered charity on a mission to give every child and young person a book of their own. It’s also a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.


This is the 22nd year there’s been a World Book Day, and on 7th March 2019, children of all ages will come together to appreciate reading. Very loudly and very happily. The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. That’s why we will be sending schools (including those nurseries and secondary schools that have specially registered to participate), packs of Book Tokens and age-ranged World Book Day Resource Packs (age-ranged into Nursery/Pre-School, Primary and Secondary) full of ideas and activities, display material and more information about how to get involved in World Book Day.

from World Book Day About Us page

But what is it to book lovers and bookworms around the world?

A day to celebrate our favorite stories, our love for books and how we share it with fellows or pass it on new generations.

As a parent, I will embrace the Share a Story call and will read to my kids, like every day but with a festive spirit, and be thankful for the many amazing adventures a book can share.

As illustrator I wanted to celebrate the day, grabbed the chance and doodled a little MAX from “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak, a kidlit classic and one of my favorite books to read – I love to roar my terrible roars, and gnash my terrible teeth and roll my terrible eyes and show my terrible claws (.cit from the book)

“And now,” cried Max, “let the wild rumpus start!” 

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You got to love fall

October is an amazing month in every doodler’s life!

It has a fair amount of sunny days, long enough light hours and the most amazing palette of the year!

On my early mornings errands I get to cross the city river twice and walk through both sides of Turin’s most beautiful park, Valentino. Each day, whether sunny or not, starts with soft chills (omens for Winter is Coming) and a light fog coming from the river, but by the time I sit at my desk the sun is warm and the air has that slightly golden hue. Also crossing a park means bumping into all shades of leaves and so walk through all shades from grey/blue to green/gold and red/purple.

Can you possibly be impervious to all this beauty?

To me September through November is that time of the year when I sit and make big plans, have ideas for stories to write os scribble, and generally I’m hungry to do things. I’m not sure if this frenzy has to do with any circadian/natural cycle, the kids going back to school or being October one of the most inspirational months for all creative people.

And then: HALLOWEEN!

I love Halloween and its ancient tradition, fancy costumes, spooky jokes and challenges to fears. Italian’s tradition for Ognissanti is slightly more creepy than the cheerful “Trick or Treat” thing, yet as a Children’s Illustrator I cannot be happier for a chance to draw little monsters and such.

Celebrate fall, October and Halloween with me!

Here is a Halloween themed 1920×1080 wallpaper for you to download. Pick yours with or without October calendar.

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click to save 1920×1080 Halloween wallpaper

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click to save 1920×1080 Halloween wallpaper calendar

Be my Guest

After 25 years (that much really?!) Beauty and the Beast hits theaters again, TODAY!

It is a live action movie which blends amazing computer graphics to real life actors, if you have seen any preview it’s going to be HUGE: there’s so much for your eyes to enjoy!
I hardly believe you escaped the massive promotion around the movie, but just in case… Beauty and the Beast official site is here.

Nevertheless, I won’t be ranting about how impressed I am about glimpses of the movie, nor how much I’m eager to be at theater and feast my eyes on it, nor how many times I have been singing as loud as I can “I WANT ADVENTURE IN THE GREAT WILD SOMEWHERE” since I was about twelve, etc. etc…

This post is about how much I love Beauty and the Beast – even the endless first novel from M.me Villeneuve. There’s something that truly tugs at my heart about it: maybe it’s Belle’s independence, kindness and loyalty, but mostly is the reforming Prince Adam from Disney’s version that fascinates me. Plus it feeds a bookworm’s heart to have a prince donating an entire library as love gift.

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Loving so much the script (and the dreamy soundtrack) from the 1992 Disney’s movie and being an over-imaginative child at the time and an illustrator at present, you might well imagine how I enjoyed the frenzy around the new movie! The web is packed with wonderful illustrations, fan-art and whatever Beauty and the Beast might inspire and so is the kidlit market. You only have to type a few #s to loose eyes and time on them, I personally made a point not to search Beauty and the Beast on Pinterest. Ah!

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Could I spare the world of my contribute? Of course not!
And while I’ve been posting on socials my Beauty and the Beast doodles, I made up my mind to celebrate the movie with this post where you’ll find gathered my illustrations on the subject and this gif I made:

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More doodles, WIP videos and pics, sketches and such can be found on my Facebook Page and Instagram.

I’m thinking to take my love and these early stage illustrations into a book project, so do stay tuned for news.