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D’Ignazio Michele

michele dignaziostoria di una matitaAuthor: Michele D’Ignazio

Where I live: Cosenza, in the southern Italian region of Calabria, is the city where I was born in 1984 and where I actually live, although I travel a lot for work and pleasure. What I like most about my region is nature, both countryside and seaside, which inspire and give meaning to most of my stories.  

The kind of books I write: I wrote Storia di una matita (The pencil boy), published by Rizzoli in 2012. The book has been highly appreciated: 9 editions in 4 years).
Based on the book, a Pencil Tour (Tour della Matita) was created, giving me the chance to organize workshops in schools and libraries where I love to play language games and do reading activities and puppet shows with the so many children I have met so far.
Photos and videos are available on:
http://storiadiunamatita.wordpress.com/2015/05/08/storia-di-una-matita-lo-spettacolo-di-burattini/
The story is full of imagination and a bit surreal, mainly for kids aged between 5 and 10, though it can be appreciated by adults as well.
In 2014 I wrote Storia di una matita. A scuola (The pencil-boy at school) for Rizzoli and a third novel, Pacunaimba, is due to be published in 2016.

Languages my books have been translated into:  Turkish.

My favourite foreign children’s writers: Roald Dahl, David Almond, Aidan Chambers, Sharon Creech, Natalie Babbitt, Guus Kuijer.