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, thanks to teamwork and friendship.
  • At the end of the story, either Dizzy the squirrel or Ray the owl describes the real characteristics of the animals outside Strangewood.
  • Shortlisted for The Strega Children's Prize 2022.


Dung Strike

Someone has hidden traps in the Water Point clearing, at the Reeking Swamp and near Fizzy Lake. If there’s a shady poacher to scare off, the Strangewood crew is ready with weapons that are very… foul-smelling!

The Source of the Rut

The River Rut has been stolen and Fizzy Lake no longer fizzes! The crew suspects that the effervescent water factory down in Smoky Valley has something to do with it and they already have a very ramshackle plan…

Dishevelled Bristle

Who’s cutting down Strangewood’s tallest trees? Stinky’s grandma says it’s a tree-eating monster… but the truth is that an abusive woodcutter is causing great damage in the wood. Can the animals defeat the enemy?

A Nappy for Stinky

Strangewood is overrun with rubbish, and it’s all the fault of an illegal dump near the Reeking Swamp! Our animal friends will have to transform into superheroes to restore Strangewood to its usual splendour.


GENRE Humour
FIRST PUBLISHER Piemme (Italy), 2021
RIGHTS SOLD IN France (Auzou)


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.