Italian / Italy

I cinque malfatti
(The five misfits)

Alemagna, Beatrice (text/illus.)
Milano: Topipittori, 2014. – [36] p.
ISBN 978-88-98523-06-1

Disability | Difference | Perfectionism | Tolerance | Contentment

The protagonists of this picture book are not perfect, in fact they have many flaws. One has holes, the next one wrinkles, the third is phlegmatic, the fourth sees the world upside down and the fifth has all imaginable defects. They live content with their oddities in a big crooked house. One day an unusual, beautiful and quite fl awless fellow appears, wanting to turn their lives around and perfect their existences. But the misfits do not want to change, as being different is a resource for themselves and for their loved ones. The world is more colourful because of them, its stories are deeper, its feelings genuine. The book’s mostly capitalised text is well-suited for new readers.

Beatrice Alemagna studied at the Istituto Superiore Industrie Artistiche in Urbino. Since 1996, she has been awarded for her numerous picture books and illustrations, which have been translated into many languages. (Age: 4+)