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Simona Ciraolo studied animation at the National Film School in Turin, Italy, before moving to the UK, where she worked in advertising, children’s television and on feature films. She then went on to undertake the prestigious MA in Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art, where she was awarded the Sebastian Walker Award 2014. Born in Sardinia, Italy, Simona now lives in London.
Come summer, autumn or winter, a little boy is going to make the best of it. Nothing is better than summer, swimming every day and eating ice cream. But a little boy's big sister has BIG news. She tells him that summer is going to end soon ... and winter is coming! When winter comes, she says, it will be cold ... and dark ... and rain all the time. They'll be stuck on the sofa for days and won't even dream of eating ice cream... From author-illustrator Simona Ciraolo, this is a celebration of the changing of the seasons, showing just how much joy can be found around each sunny - or snowy - corner.
Who's this? A little flapjack octopus. You may almost have missed him. You see, he's not the type to stand out in a crowd. Unless you were looking for him, you might not spot him at all... He's one of the shy ones. This beautifully delicate picture book explores the topic of shyness and friendship. Stunningly illustrated by bestselling creator Simona Ciraolo, this book is sure to resonate with young children across the world, particularly those who are just starting school.
Ever feel like you need a hug, a really big hug from someone? That's how Felipe the young cactus feels, but his family just isn't the touchy-feely kind. Cacti can be quite prickly sometimes you know... and so can Felipe. But he'll be darned if this one pointy issue will hold him back, so one day Felipe sets off on his own to find a friend and, just maybe, that long awaited hug.
It's granny's birthday, but her little granddaughter wonders why, because of the lines on her face, she looks so worried! But they are simply wrinkles, and grandma is very fond of her lines because they are where she keeps her memories. In this imaginative and charming story, Simona Ciraolo turns the lines from old age into little wrinkles of wonder and memory as a little girl learns all about the precious moments in her grandma's life.
A young girl sets out to find out exactly what happened to her sister. Who is this new sister? Why does she never want to play anymore? For anyone who has ever felt left behind, Simona Ciraolo, the best-selling author of Hug Me, paints a touchingly sweet portrayal of the transience of childhood and how adolescence and growing up can be a truly mystifying experience.
Ever feel like you need a hug, a really big hug from someone? That's how Felipe the young cactus feels, but his family just isn't the touchy-feely kind. Cactuses can be quite prickly sometimes you know . . . and so can Felipe. But he'll be darned if this one pointy issue will hold him back, so one day Felipe sets off on his own to find a friend and just maybe, that long awaited hug. In her debut picture book, Simona Ciraola creates an endearing tale of friendship, beautifully illustrated with buoyant wit and the perfect story to share.
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