Born in Genoa, illustrator Anna Pirolli moved to Milan to study illustration at the European Institute of Design, where she graduated in 2001. She has worked as a freelance illustrator and art director for companies such as Mondadori, Pearson, Vogue, MTV, Kinder Ferrero, Telecom, Nickelodeon, Furla, Zecchino d’oro, Disney, following the creative process from concept to creation. She's also a visiting professor at the Accademia di Brera in Milan, where she teaches design applied to the arts. Despite her love for traditional techniques, her artwork is mostly digital. Ironically, her dream-like, suspended atmospheres often don't look digital at all. Her first picture book, I Hate My Cats, written by Davide Calì, was published by Chronicle Books in October 2018.
Alessandra Stanga is a Graphic Designer and Illustrator based in Italy. Her artistic background lets her move through styles and creative solutions, always preserving her clean and unique style.
Alessandra’s illustrations are evocatively inspired by the 1940s through to the 60s style with a keen admiration for Milt Kahl, Norman Rockwell, J. P. Miller art.
Guitarist, movie lover and curious Designer, Alessandra is always looking for new tricks or technology tools to leash her creativity.
Claudia Petrazzi is an illustrator and comic artist of children’s books. She collaborates with French and Italian publishers such as Giunti, Mondadori, DeAgostini, Auzou and Poulpe Fictions. For Il Castoro she illustrated Andrea Fontana’s comic strip Clara e le Ombre, which won the Prix Des Lecteurs Du Var in France.
In 2022, she made her debut as the author of a short comic story for Attaccapanni Press and the Atomi webcomic.
Davide Panizza studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Urbino and at MiMaster in Milan where he got to know the world of illustration for children. Today he lives and works in Bologna, illustrating adventures or creating board games for children. His latest publications include the three books of the Detective Linus series by Angelo Mozzillo (Battello a Vapore), the picture book Animalicomio by Pino Pace (Gruppo Abele editore) and the two Capitan Bitorzolo early reader books by Andrea Visibelli (Il Castoro).
Elisa Rocchi is an illustrator who specialises in the children’s sector.
Born in Bologna, after spending a few years in Milan she returned to live in Bologna, together with her husband and two children. Books have always been her passion; as a little girl she loved spending afternoons in the library and dreamed of one day being the creator of the illustrations inside them.
She now works for various Italian publishers (such as Mondadori, Battello a Vapore, Giunti) and foreign publishers and continues to carve out afternoons in the library… in the company of her children.
A writer, presenter, TV author and populariser, Federico Taddia collaborates with Topolino, Rai, Radio24 and La Stampa. One of his passions has always been to use the right words to tell the youngest everything that scientists study, look for and discover. He has written books with Margherita Hack, Telmo Pievano, Elisa Palazzi and Antonella Viola. With Teste Toste he won the Andersen Prize for the best science series for girls and boys and with Virus Game he won the Piccolo Galileo prize.
Gloria Danili was born in Monza in a house full of history and philosophy books. She worked as a window dresser, set designer for TV commercials and author of children's TV programmes.
Some wonderful "children's" books read "as an adult" marked her turning point towards storytelling and her passion for children's literature.
Today she lives in London in a house full of picture books and children's books, and when she writes she enjoys imagining the characters of those stories perched next to her, preparing her a cup of tea and blowing her ideas for her new stories.
Marco Cattaneo is a sports journalist and TV presenter. A writer for children mainly on the theme of football, he has published books together with Alessandro Del Piero and Billy Costacurta.
Stefano Garzaro has spent forty-odd years among scholastic publishing houses, publishing historical investigations in his spare time. He likes rummaging through marginal cultures, walking in the suburbs, listening on the street to stories born from other people’s dreams. Every once in a while, he drops his hood and robs memory banks. He’s not a collector, but if he really had to, he’d collect topographic maps. Is this a flat biography? He prefers to have his real adventures in the stories he writes.