In this classic from Italy, a travelling salesman calls his daughter nightly to share a whimsical story. Sixty-seven playful tales humorously recount ice cream palaces, educational candy, and roads paved with chocolate.
- Fiction, Short Stories
- Mildred L. Batchelder Award 2021 (Medal Winner), Notable Children's Books 2021
- Age: Younger
- Format: Book
- ISBN: 9781592702848
Published by Enchanted Lion Books. Originally published in Italian in 1962 as “Favole al telefono."
From the 2021 Batchelder press release: The book tells the story of a travelling salesman who calls his young daughter every night to share a delightful, whimsical short story. A classic in Italy, this overdue translation features sixty-seven playful, subversive tales that capture the author’s absurdist humor through ice cream palaces, educational candy, and roads paved with chocolate.
“Shugaar’s stunning translation captures Rodari’s word play and nonsensical fun, introducing U.S. readers to a world where the status quo can always be questioned,” said Batchelder Award Committee Chair Suzanne Myers Harold.