Contrary to the thousands of tourists who invade the beautiful region of Puglia in summer, we paid it a visit in low season. If you’re not craving for very high temperatures but prefer milder temperatures then you shouldn’t hesitate to visit this region of Italy in low season.
Upon invitation of the owners of ‘Idrusa’, the Alessano local library and Andersen, Italy’s most prestigeous magazine of children’s litterature, we had the fortune to spend a mid-week visiting several beautiful communities in the heel of Italy, combining tourism and culture. ‘Salento family friendly’ is a cultural initiative inviting the community to participate to workshops and book presentations combined with visits of the beautiful region. We had the occasion to see Tricase, Alessano, Corsano, Cagliano del Capo, Ruffano and Lucugnano, to taste the most delicious dishes, pastries, ice creams, esspreso’s and capuccino’s and fill our lungs with the fresh air at the coast of Santa Maria di Leuca, the most Southers point of Italy’s heel.
Our Italian edition of “Show and tell me the world” with the longest title ever, being “Il più folle e divertente libro illustrato del mondo di Otto” won the Italian Andersen award 0-6 years this spring. Organised in Genua, the awards were picked up by library Idrusa in the far South of the country. In good company of a handful very interesting other authors with amongst others Marino Amodio and Vincenzo Del Vecchio, the authors of “Terraneo” (Gallucci) and winners of the Italian Andersen Award 2019 we had the occasion of having workshops at several primary schools and libraries and learn the very basics of ceramics with Giorgia Prontera.
Take a look at the pictures and you’ll see we had a lot of fun spending the past days in Puglia. If you have time to spend, want to avoid the crowds and take advantage of low season rates, then Puglia is definitively worth considering!
Grijs & koud weer voorspeld vlg maandag: ideaal weer voor de laatste dag van de Boekenbeurs:-)
Ondergetekende zal graag aanwezig zijn in Antwerpen op Wapenstilstand, tss 14 & 15u, op stand Nr 315 (Lannoo) om al uw boeken volledig vol te tekenen met namen & kleurtjes. Alles lijkt dit jaar alvast nog kleurrijker & frisser geprepareerd & gedecoreerd dan vorig jaar: vind ik leuk;-)
A long title for a long awaited translation. And it also happens to be my favorite interpretation of the original cover artwork (with that colorful spine, outline letters and the 2 O’s like spinning wheels;-)).
Inside are of course 40+ the colorful pages filled with all things I associate with all respective colors, scientifically proven or strictly emotionally… Lucky for me it’s published by Panini, so they had no objections to the presence of little stickers with football teams in national colors all over the book:-)
I hope the book will find its way to Italian readers the way it’s predecessor ‘Il più Folle e divertente libro illustrato del mondo di Otto’ did by now… Will go check for ourselves in Puglia in November…
Yet another book is recently translated into Spanish & Catalan, by Ediciones Flamboyant now.
They took very well care of my book of opposites, originally made 5 years ago, but based on last year’s restyled vinyl album size re-edition. It really looks yummy like a Flan Catalan Gigante:-)
Especially happy the sport games on pg 22 – inspired by mount Montjuic in Barcelona, but absolutely painted from memory – finally made it back home to the Olympic city of 1992…
… since I must admit that Otto, the main character of this series, was massively inspired by the legendary Cobi, Xavier Mariscal’s mascot of that year’s Summer Olympics (actually the only ‘graphically correct’ mascot ever in sport’s history, if you’d ask me for my humble opinion).
And yes, there still are exactly 101 opposites (have been counting them personally).