Friday I’m In Love

It’s still not too late to order ‘the LOVE collection’ on Hardtofind.

While you are ordering listen to this cult classic from the Cure… Friday I’m In Love.

The Love Collection


Who do you love to kiss?

We don’t see many picture books for grown-ups, but we couldn’t resist publishing I Love Kissing You, a wonderfully romantic and funny celebration of the kiss.

Written by Davide Cali and illustrated by Serge Bloch – the team behind the acclaimed The Enemy – the book is warm,  funny and down-to-earth with a great twist at the very end. Written as a private gift for Davide’s partner he was surprised when he showed his publisher and they LOVED it as well!

On his tour of Australia in May last year Davide revealed that only one of the real kisses he describes had to be changed for publication… but he wouldn’t reveal the secret of which!

It features Serge Bloch‘s elegantly simple illustrations throughout, and is sumptiously clothbound and jacketed in a special narrow B+ format.

Kids’ Book Review reviewed I Love Kissing You in Davide’s blog tour last May, here are a few words and some samples from the book:

The language Cali uses in this book is gathered up and splashed across the pages visually by the talented Serge Bloch, whose emotive images are as raw and pleasing as the frankness of Cali’s voice. Using line drawings, silhouettes, photography and sheer grooviness, each page is a smile-worthy surprise… Tania McCartney

The LOVE Collection

Looking for something special for your partner or kids this Valentine’s Day? Check out ‘the LOVE collection’ on Hardtofind, including I Love Kissing You and What Is This Thing Called Love? both written by Italian author/illustrator Davide Cali (gift wrapped). Both books can also be purchased individually.

The LOVE collection

The LOVE collection

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

Davide Cali blog tour starts today!

DAY ONE. Kids Book Review kicked off the Davide Cali blog tour today.

Each hour, Kids Book Review will post reviews of Davide Cali’s books, culminating tonight with an exclusive feature interview with the author. They’re also running a fabulous competition to win a complete set of his Wilkins Farago books.

Kids Book Review is a 100% voluntary children’s literature and book review site. It covers news, reviews, interviews, articles, guest posts, events, specialist literacy articles and much more, attracting readers from all over the world including teachers, librarians, industry professionals and parents and kids. They achieve over 55,000 hits per month (and growing), and are one of the most respected literary sites on the web.

Davide Cali arrives in Australia on 16 May for a 2-week tour.

The Davide Cali blog tour is taking place between today and 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: the banner

ANNA HAS JUST completed a natty looking promotional banner for Davide Cali, who is touring in May.

The banner, which emphasises Cali’s enormous reputation across Europe, has been starring at the Leading Edge Books annual conference this past weekend, and we’ll be using it at events throughout Cali’s visit.

It’s also served to remind us just how many books we’ve published by this innovative, thought-provoking and witty author over the past five years. We’re typesetting a new book right now too – of which, more anon!

Who’s your Valentine?

I Love Kissing You, by Davide Cali and Serge Bloch, is a 'picture book for grown ups'

ST VALENTINE’S DAY (14 February) is coming soon and we have two books that make ideal Valentine’s Day gifts by the wonderful Davide Cali, who will be touring Australia in May.

I Love Kissing You is an inventive ‘picture book for grown-ups’, which takes the form of a witty and passionate speech delivered by a man to the woman in his life.

Waxing lyrically, he recalls the many kisses they have shared in many exciting locations and circumstances, and expresses hopes for kisses still to come.

Illustrated by award-winning artist Serge Bloch, this sumptuous clothbound hardback is the ultimate gift for that special someone, keeping you turning the pages until its hilarious and unexpected finale.

'A heart-warming exploration ... quirky but entertaining illustrations ... gently humorous text' - Canberra Times

What is this thing called love? (illustrated by Anna Laura Cantone) is a delightful and subtle attempt to explain love to kids – not just romantic love, but the love that binds homes and families together.

‘This is the kind of picture book that gets worn out just from being read, poured over, and loved to death,’

said the Sunday Tasmanian.

Little Emma really wants to know what love is, so asks each member of her family. Not surprisingly, everyone has a slightly different idea of what love is, depending on who they are. In the end, Emma learns that love is revealed in what we do for each other, just as much as it is in what we say.

Talk to your local bookseller, or preview and order both titles from the Wilkins Farago website now.

Saint Valentine of Terni, from a 14th century French manuscript