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Literary heroines and ideal friends: irreverent, charming, and brilliant.
A book that was co-created by Beatrice Masini and Fabian Negrin. Twenty-two portraits of literary heroines – from Emma Bovary to Jane Eyre, Lady Chatterley to Anna Karenina, Jo to Pippi Longstocking, even the more recent Matilde of Roald Dahl and David Almond’s Mina – who share the characteristic of breaking the mold of the society they live in.
The illustrations are stylistically diverse according to the type of character’s and her personality. To each heroine is dedicated an evocative excerpt, through which the author introduces young readers to the emotions and themes that the character carries inside her, like a door opening onto worlds and dreams that are always new. The appendix contains a brief contextualization with information about the novels and authors cited.
Beatrice Masini (Milano, Italy, 1962) lives and works in Milan. She has a degree in Literature and she works as a journalist, editor, and translator, in addition to writing books for children, young readers, and adults. She has been awarded the Premio Pippi, the Premio Elsa Morante ragazzi, and the Premio Andersen – Il mondo dell’infanzia as best author. With her novel Tentativi di botanica degli affetti (Bompiani, 2013) she was awarded the Premio Selezione Campiello, the Premio Alessandro Manzoni, and the Premio Viadana.
Fabian Negrin (Argentina, 1963) has been living in Italy for thirty years and has been working as an illustrator of children’s books. He was born in Argentina and studied in Mexico. He has illustrated and has also written books for children for publishers in Europe, America, and Asia. In 2009 he won the BIB Plaque at the Bratislava Biennale and in 2010 he was awarded the Bologna Ragazzi Award Non-Fiction. He has been nominated in 2014 for the Hans Christian Andersen Award and for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award on many occasions.