You are magnificent
by Janna Carioli & Vittoria Facchini
One morning like many others, Lea is walking to school when she notices a shadow following her on the pavement. It is tall, slim, magnificent. Léa stops to admire it. “I would like to become like you”, she says to it. The shadow lifts its shoulders, indifferent: “It’s not difficult”, it replies. Out of that will come a whirlwind of meetings and dialogues between Léa and her shadow, which sometimes appears long and slender, other times short and round. Léa looks to imitate it and her shadow advises her as to what she should eat: flying kites, firefly light and other wild things so as to become slim, or otherwise, hills, spoons of mayonnaise, iron rails and walls to become big and fat.Through this alternating of forms and sizes, Léa openly expresses her uneasiness with her body. This feeling will disappear during the final event, thanks to the help of her group of friends who will show her all their affection, making Léa understand that she doesn’t need to become anything other than herself.
The suggestive lines and strokes of Vittoria Facchini, whose work with strong themes has already distinguished her, rests upon the original narration of the shadow and its changes, thanks to the dream-like text of Janna Carioli, an Italian author who has already enchanted readers and who has a talent for delicately relating certain problems met with more and more often, even among young children: troubles with food and resulting eating disorders, followed by the theme of accepting one’s body in a society that promulgates impossible and artificial notions of beauty.
pages: 48 pages, hardcover
size: 24 × 34 cm
publisher: Fatatrac, Italy, RP € 16,90
From 5 years & up