Two great gifts for Father’s Day

If you’re looking for a gift a child can give to Dad on Father’s Day look no further. We have two delightful picture books that Dad will love sharing with the giver.

Sam and His Dad

A joyful and funny celebration of ordinary family life, Sam and His Dad is the English translation of Serge Bloch’s modern French classic. Sam is a little boy full of energy and life. This book is about all the things he gets up to with his family, and especially with his dad.

The contrast between how Sam sees life, and how his dad experiences it, makes for some hilarious moments. As one enthusiastic reviewer noted,

It is the simplicity of the story line that creates the magic in this book.

  • Buy the hardback here (postage free within Australia)

A Dad Who Measures Up

If you don’t have a dad already, how do you find one as wonderful as your mum?

That’s the challenge taken on by the little girl in Davide Cali and Anna-Laura Cantone’s A Dad Who Measures Up.

]The answer? Put an ad in the local paper, then interview the daddy-candidates who mass in front of the house the next day.

Whimsical and heart-warming, this is a book that makes us think about what makes a great dad.

  • Buy the hardback here (postage free within Australia)
  • Buy the paperback here (postage free within Australia)

Sam at play with his dad: an extract from Serge Bloch’s ‘Sam and his Dad’

Imagining super dad: a detail from one of Anna-Laura Cantone’s illustrations for ‘A Dad Who Measures Up’

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‘You’ll laugh, sigh, giggle and be challenged’: Digital Orthodoxy

An enthusiastic review of Davide Cali and Anna Laura Cantone’s What is this thing called love? from Darren Wright at Digital Orthodoxy, which is a terrific resource for those looking for kids books with substance:

Together with her family Emma begins a search for Love, you’ll laugh, sigh, giggle and be challenged by the questions she asks and the beautifully honest answers her family gives her.

Darren also makes some general comments about our rising star, Davide Cali:

Davide Cali’s stories are beautifully written, innovative, simply structured, deep and touching tales, A Dad Who Measures Up (also written by Cali and illustrated by Cantone) had me at hello while The Enemy and The Bear With The Sword show a different side to Cali’s talent and the power of picture books.

Encouragingly, he also suggests the book isn’t just for kids:

I read this to a few adults over a fortnight ago and it’s already been used in two weddings, I hope I get the book back soon …

If you’d like a special gift-wrapped hardcover copy of What is this thing called love? for a wedding gift, drop us a line.

What is this thing called, love?: blog tour day 11


DAY ELEVEN. Today, independent Melbourne bookseller Brunswick Bound highlights Davide Cali and Anna-Laura Cantone’s delightful What is this thing called love? on their news blog:

This book is a wonderful tale, beautifully illustrated and reflects on the beautiful wonder children bring to the world.

Brunswick Bound can sell you any Davide Cali title, so support an independent bookseller today

Brunswick Bound is an independent bookstore in the heart of Sydney Road, Brunswick.  Stocking an eclectic range of books, music (cds and vinyl), stationery and jewellery/gifts.  There is always something different to be found on their shelves.

Upstairs is a light filled gallery space which features bi-monthly exhibitions of Melbourne artists.  Nestled in the corner of the exhibition space is a selection of secondhand books and zines/selfpublished books.

The Davide Cali blog tour is taking place from 1 to 15 May, as a countdown to Davide’s first visit to Australia from 16 to 28 May. Every day, some of Australia’s most interesting book bloggers will be posting interviews with him, reviewing his books, offering giveaways and maybe giving a sneak peak of his award-winning new book, 10 Little Insects.

You can check out the full blog tour here.

Davide Cali’s 2012 Australian tour is an initiative of the National Year of Reading

Does your dad measure up? Blog tour day 9

Click to see My Little Bookcase’s fabulous ‘A Dad Who Measures Up’ project

DAY NINE. My Little Bookcase uses the Davide Cali/Anna-Laura Cantone classic, A Dad Who Measures Up, as the springboard for an exploration of what makes Dad special. You won’t believe the lengths they go to!

Says blogger Jackie Small:

This is a beautiful book about the importance of fathers. It highlights the importance of being loved and showered with kindness. Most importantly, Davide has written a story for all children to enjoy. Whether they are from single parent families, separated families, blended families or nuclear families, they will be able to relate.

The blog is also running a competition to win a SIGNED copy of A Dad Who Measures Up, which you can enter here.

My Little Bookcase celebrates the value of a traditional book, the joys of reading and quality time shared between parent and child. It is an online resource where you can find a wealth of information to encourage a love of reading in your child; it is a community for parents and caregivers to share their own ideas and experiences; it is a case full of inspiring ideas for reading and sharing books with your child.

The Davide Cali blog tour is taking place from 1 to 15 May, as a countdown to Davide’s first visit to Australia from 16 to 28 May. Every day, some of Australia’s most interesting book bloggers will be posting interviews with him, reviewing his books, offering giveaways and maybe giving a sneak peak of his award-winning new book, 10 Little Insects.

You can check out the full blog tour here.

Davide Cali’s 2012 Australian tour is an initiative of the National Year of Reading

Clunes Booktown Festival Top 10

Why? by Lila Prap

Lila Prap’s hilarious ‘Why?’ suggests why animals look and behave the way they do.

Here are the top selling Wilkins Farago books at last weekend’s Clunes Booktown Festival:

  1. Why? by Lila Prap
  2. Sam and His Dad by Serge Bloch
  3. Waiting for Mummy by Tae-Jun Lee and Dong-Sung Kim
  4. 3 Wishes for Pugman by Sebastian Meschenmoser
  5. Kampung Boy by Lat
  6. Teaching Kids to Read by Fay Tran
  7. I Love Kissing You by Davide Cali and Serge  Bloch
  8. The Bear with the Sword by Davide Cali and Gianluca Foli
  9. What is this thing called love? by Davide Cali and Anna Laura Cantone
  10. The Enemy by Davide Cali and Serge Bloch

Wilkins Farago books for NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge

FOUR WILKINS FARAGO books are on the recommend reading lists for this year’s NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge, which runs until 1 September.

  • Davide Cali’s Santa’s Suit (illustrated by Eric Heliot) is on the list for Years 3 and 4
  • The Red Piano by André Leblanc and Barroux is on the list for Years 5 and 6
For more information about the Challenge, visit https://products.schools.nsw.edu.au/prc/home.html.

How a book about a mum became a book about a dad

A librarian friend of mine maintains that A Dad Who Measures Up (2007) is his favourite Davide Cali book. A collaboration with Italian illustrator Anna Laura Cantone, the book is a rich, quirky and ultimately heartwarming story of a little girl who searches for a new dad to ‘measure up’ to her wonderful mum.

Here’s Davide writing about the creation of the book on his Facebook fan page  this week:

I think it was 2003 when I contacted Anna Laura Cantone. I had seen her first books and found her pretty interesting but I still wasn’t sure to call her until I saw the book of the bride [The Wedding Dress Mess]. It was really awesome.

I asked her if she was interested in working with me. At that time a little French publisher, Sarbacane, was translating her book and they wanted to publish an original project if she had one. So she told me that maybe we could try to work together in France. This would be the first of a long series of books I’d do in France, and the first of four I’d do with Anna Laura [their latest collaboration, What is this Thing called Love? came out in June this year].

In some way this is a commissioned book too. Zoolibri asked me for a book about a mum, to put alongside to a book they had translated from Belgium about a dad. I started my story telling about this very special mum, but in the middle of the book, suddenly it became the story of … a dad! So, it being impossible to give it to Zoolibri, I translated it into French.

A Dad Who Measures Up has now been published in France, Spain, Norway, Italy, Belgium, Taiwan, Korea, Portugal, Mexico, Brazil, China and, of course, by Wilkins Farago in Australia.

Our edition, the first and only English language edition, can be purchased in paperback or hardback here, or from your local bookshop.