The little red bird

Written by Astrid Lindgren

Two orphaned brothers forced to work hard in the stable chase a little red bird one day, arriving at the gates of «Pratofiorito», an enchanted place full of children playing happily and with a mother who prepares delicious food for everyone.

Little Malin lives in an ugly poorhouse, but she knows that if she manages to plant a linden tree and have a singing nightingale all around her she will become as beautiful as in fairy tales.

After reciting an ancient nursery rhyme, Stina Maria ends up a prisoner of the “subterrestrials”, the magical people that her grandfather told her so much about and that she lives in the bowels of the earth.

Forced to bed by illness, Nils finds himself in a dream within the walls of the castle painted in his room and launches into an epic adventure to save the king locked up in the tower.

Sometimes a sweet refuge, sometimes a prodigious resource to face a reality that is too harsh, it is the kingdom of fantasy that becomes the faithful ally of these little heroes, transforming even the most adverse fate into a story full of wonders. Reading age: from 6 years.

Press review

Banksy might be flattered by this book, but he probably wouldnt admit it in public.”

Kirkus Reviews 

“A thoroughly original fable about arts revitalizing power, and the capacity of all living things to yearn for and create joy.”

Publishers Weekly

As digitally drawn by Italian illustrator Anna Pirolli, Anonymouses striking and funny acts of guerrilla art offer encouragement to other urban-dwelling animals … [VanSickle] has created a charming and clever rodent rebel whose work, she writes, always made the animals of the city think.Anonymouse is a poetic and visually witty paean to the power of creativity and the ability of art to inspire and unite us.”

Book Page

“The play on words may seem obvious, but the book is not. The fleeting creature who brings beauty and joy to everyone, creating in improbable places, illustrates for kids how art can pop up anywhere.”

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Society of Illustrators’ Original Art Show – Dilys Evans Founders Award


World: Tundra Books, February 2022
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