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Classics/modern classics Telephone Tales

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Every night, at nine o'clock, wherever he is, Mr. Bianchi, an accountant who often has to travel for work, calls his daughter and tells her a bedtime story. But since it's still the 20th century world of pay phones, each story has to be told in the time that a single coin will buy.

Reminiscent of Scheherazade and One Thousand and One Nights, Gianni Rodari's Telephone Tales is composed of many stories--in fact, seventy short stories, with one for each phone call. Each story is set in a different place and a different time, with unconventional characters and a wonderful mix of reality and fantasy. One night, it's a carousel so beloved by children that an old man finally sneaks on to understand why, and as he sails above the world, he does.

Or, it's a land filled with butter men, roads paved with chocolate, or a young shrimp who has the courage to do things in a different way from what he's supposed to do. Awarded the Hans Christian Anderson Award in 1970, Gianni Rodari is widely considered to be Italy's most important children's author of the 20th century. Newly re-illustrated by Italian artist Valerio Vidali (The Forest), Telephone Tales entertains, while questioning and imagining other worlds.

Title details

Series Classics/modern classics Title Telephone Tales
Subject Italian Language English
Market Ages 0-15 Level Fluent/native speakers
Publication Date September 2020 Authors Gianni Rodari / Valerio Vidali
Binding Hardback Pages 140
Size(mm) N/A Weight (gms) 495
ESB Code 55995 ISBN 9781592702848
Inspection Copy No Delivery Limited Stock
  Price £21.95


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