Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
Number of pages: 212
Dimensions: 241 x 158 mm
"The book itself is a thing of beauty, with tantalizing, full-colour illustrations by Valerio Vidali over double-page, fold-out spreads. Antony Shugaar devises parallels to Rodari's exuberantly inventive language and finds an equivalent to the rhythms of his prose. For readers of all ages, this book is like education on planet Blih, where, we are told, "knowledge is sold in bottles, in drinkable form. History is a red liquid that resembles Grenadine, geography is a minty green drink", and the sheer delight of storytelling flows in abundance." -TLS
"Offbeat tales for readers in the mood for something whimsically contemplative." -Kirkus
"67 whimsically surreal tales, most as short as the time one coin allotted - first published together in Italian in 1962 and finally all brought together again in a new English translation - make up this treasure trove of a book...Valerio Vidali's new illustrations, inspired by the act of doodling on a message pad, match Rodari's radical playfulness. Vibrant and fanciful, they run the gamut from small inserted flaps of paper to brightly colored foldout drawings. Rodari's upside-down fairy-tale world, in which the table of contents is at the back, features, among other delights, a stoplight that turns blue; a city bus full of passengers that on a lark heads off its route into a meadow; a country that boasts pencil unsharpeners, clothes unhangers and military uncannons ("good for unwaging war"); and an entirely edible planet that offers this for breakfast: "The alarm clock goes off, you wake up, you grab the alarm clock, and you gobble it down in two bites." -The New York Times
"In honor of the centenary, this year, of Rodari's birth, a small, enterprising publisher in Brooklyn, Enchanted Lion, has brought out the first full English-language edition of "Telephone Tales," in a spirited translation by Antony Shugaar. Now, albeit decades late, Anglophone readers can find out why Italians love this writer.It would be hard for anyone, of any age, not to love the illustrations-mostly in Magic Marker-that Enchanted Lion commissioned for "Telephone Tales," from the Italian artist Valerio Vidali. The book design itself harbors surprises. Some pages have extra little inner pages glued to them. Others are gatefold pages, where you pull the inner edge and another page folds out. In the drawings, you are shown entire worlds of semi-abstract figures: giant noses, a palace made of ice cream, birds eating cookies, plus, of course, kings and queens and a princess in a tower. The pages are sewn with stitches worthy of a Balenciaga gown. It is astonishing that the book costs only $27.95. Go buy one, right now." -The New Yorker
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