15 Good Reasons to read a book (as if you need one!)

Davide Cali gives us 15 reasons to read.

One of our favourite authors, Davide Cali has been getting into the spirit for the National Year of Reading and had some fun providing us with 15 Good Reasons to Read a Book.

Over the next 15 days, you can see his funny interpretations as one will be featured daily on My Book Corner, and Kids Book Review.

Don’t forget to keep checking back and see the latest one!

Brilliant ’10 Little Insects’: Kids Book Review

10 Little InsectsWriter Tania McCartney has written a passionately positive review of Davide Cali and Vincent Pianina’s 10 Little Insects (a graphic novel based on Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians) for Kids Books Review.

From the Oklahoma-singing bug to the barrage of creepy bug-confessions, this hilarious take on an entymological murder mystery is a joy to read through … Presented comic-strip style, with vibrant and totally contemporary illustrations by Vincent Pianina, this brilliant book has that delicious Euro vibe, funny-bone-tickling characters, a little bit of gore and pockets of bite-sized suspense …

You can read Tania’s full review here.

The French edition of 10 Little Insects has garnered a swathe of awards, including the Best Children’s Comic Book Award at the Paris Children’s Book Fair. Wilkins Farago is publishing the first and only English language edition this month.

10 Little Insects - Davide Cali & Vincent Pianina

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Who You Are is What You do: campaign kick-off

‘Who You Are is What You Do’ is out now

In six months’ time, about a quarter of a million Australian teenagers will complete their Year 12 studies and enter adult life. Now there’s a book to help them make this challenging transition.

This week, life guidance counsellor Heather McAllister has kicked off her media tour to promote Who You Are is What You Do: Making Choices About Life After School.

Heather started with an upbeat interview on WA regional network, RadioWest, which you can listen to here, and the blogocracy is starting to take notice, with the Savvy Mumma parenting website stating

Who You Are Is What You Do is the sort of book I think all teens should have …

while, Vicki Stanton of twice-monthly book emag Buzz Words laments

If only I had this book when I was at school … This is not a book to flick through and shelve. It is a workbook that demands readers to really think about what makes them happy and fulfilled and to encourage them to take control of their choices and their life.

The inspiration behind the books PLUS a unique writers’ event: blog tour day 15

Piano Piano by Davide Cali and Eric Heliot

DAY FIFTEEN, and our fabulous blog tour comes to an end with two new posts. Jackie Hosking, Editor of children’s book e-news Pass It On, reveals the inspiration behind Davide Cali’s books. Here’s an extract from what he says about Piano Piano, his collaboration with Eric Heliot:

Marcolino, the protagonist of this book, exists for real. He was the neighbour’s son. I had been listening to his piano exercises for ten years, before I wrote this story. My book tells the true story—just until the middle. Then, it’s a little more romantic than reality. In the real world, Marcolino was refused by a music school and then forgot the piano and any other ideas about playing music.

Pass It On is a weekly, on-line, interactive, networking newsletter for those involved with or interested in the children’s writing & illustration industry. It was voted ‘Best Non-Fiction Magazine’ in the Preditors & Editors Readers Poll for 2008 and placed 2nd in 2009 and 2010 in the ‘Writers’ Resource’ category. It is emailed to subscribers every Monday.

Meanwhile, the South Australian Writers Centre announces a one-off workshop for writers with Davide Cali, which will take place in Adelaide on 20 May. It is the only workshop Cali will be giving in Australia, so don’t miss out.

And that’s it! Our blog tour has come to an end and Davide Cali’s real tour has begun. He’s arrived in Adelaide.

The Davide Cali blog tour has taken 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 have posted interviews with him, reviewed his books, offered giveaways and maybe given 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

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

‘Working with somebody is cool’: blog tour day 10

The Enemy

Davide Cali’s and Serge Bloch’s The Enemy

DAY TEN. Today, we’re talking with Davide Cali about kids picture book illustration, thanks to Australian illustrator Ann James. She chats with Davide on her Books Illustrated blog about how he works with illustrators, his celebrated collaborations with French illustrator Serge Bloch and which other writers and illustrators inspire him. Says Cali:

The first time they asked me to give one of my texts to illustrate to someone else, I felt a little confused. I was used to working all alone, not sharing with anybody. Then I discovered that working with somebody is cool, I can write even more stories than before, sometimes just inspiring me towards another illustrator’s personal universe.

It’s a great example of two experienced creators talking about the craft of picture book making.

Books Illustrated is a centre for children’s literature in Melbourne, Australia. It specialises in exhibitions and sales of original book illustrations, limited edition prints and signed picture books. Its showroom is open by appointment and for advertised events.

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