The Animals of Strangewood


In Strangewood, everything is the opposite of everything and weirdness is the norm.

A squirrel suffering with vertigo, a short-sighted falcon, a claustrophobic mole and many other strange animals fight against those who threaten Strangewood.

They will be able to overcome adversity by making their limits a source of strength, often unintentionally, thanks to teamwork and the friendship that binds them.

  • Lots of laughs (all while learning a lot about nature).

  • Diversity as a source of strength.
  • At the end of the story, Vertigo the squirrel recounts the real characteristics of the animals outside Strangewood.


Dung Weapon

In Strangewood, everything is the opposite of everything, and the animals who live there are really strange. There’s the owl who’s afraid of the dark, the squirrel with vertigo, a short-sighted falcon and an unwashed bear. But today, the matter is serious and there’s a need to investigate: who has hidden traps in the Water Point clearing, at the Stinking Swamps, on the path near the Fizzing Lake and who knows where else? If there’s a shady poacher to scare off, the weird Strangewood crew is ready. Even using weapons that are very… foul-smelling. Animals, attack!

The Source of the Rut

Calling Strangewood, the strangest wood there is: someone has stolen the river Rut! The sparkling waters of the stream have vanished into thin air and the mythical Fizzing Lake no longer fizzes. Tuffy, the otter who can’t swim, is determined to find out what’s happened to the Rut and the whole gang of weird animals is with her. Setolo, the clean freak boat, and Vertigo, the squirrel who suffers from vertigo, suspect that the effervescent water factory down in Smoky Valley has something to do with it and they already have a very ramshackle plan… Animals, attack!


GENRE Humour
FIRST PUBLISHER Piemme (Italy), 2021


Giuseppe has a degree in Natural Sciences and works in the environmental education field. Founder and singer of the Lingalad folk music group, he has also written a number of nature reports for Italian broadcaster RAI and starred in the award-winning documentary Oltre la Frontiera. His novels have been widely translated. He was shortlisted for the Strega Children’s Prize 2019 with Cento passi per volare (A Hundred Steps to Freedom), Salani 2018. The same novel received the Kadaitosho in Japan in 2020 and has been chosen by the Japanese Ministry of Education as summer reading for all school children in the target age group.