A child, a father, a mother, a sister on the way who still needs a name, a dog who already has a name and a rather important one at that: all aboard a coffee-coloured car, in the direction of a mountain hut. With them, we enter the black and white world of La Montagna Pirata, and we leave for a family holiday.
Ooh no!, thinks the child: he doesn't really want to face the boredom, the spiders, the clouds and especially that mountain with its frightening white beard... But a walk at dawn with a cup of hot tea, with his father and his dog Quinto Valerio Massimo, is enough to change things. Among the woods and stretches of dandelions, the child discovers the pirates of the mountains and learns their rules: do not think too much about washing your face and do not be afraid of things that change.
Through Davide Longo's words and Fausto Gilberti's illustrations, La Montagna Pirata takes us to a high altitude, where we discover that sometimes things are much more frightening when we look at them from a distance.
Davide Longo - born in Carmagnola (Turin) in 1971. He is a writer, teacher, documentary director, and author of theatrical and radio texts. His first novel Un mattino a Irgalem and the subsequent one Il mangiatore di pietre were published by Marcos y Marcos. His art and children's books (Pirulin senza parole, E più non dimandare and La vita a un tratto) were published by Corraini Edizioni. In 2007 he edited the anthology Racconti di montagna for Einaudi. In January 2010, Fandango published L'uomo verticale. His latest novels: Ballata di un amore italiano, Il caso Bramard and Così giocano le bestie giovani were published by Feltrinelli. He wrote the screenplay for the film Il Mangiatore di Pietre, starring Luigi Lo Cascio. He lives in Turin where he teaches writing at the Holden School. His books have been translated and published in many countries.
Fausto Gilberti - he is a painter, illustrator and author of children's books. He has to his credit about one hundred personal and collective exhibitions in Italy and abroad, and has published many illustrated books in recent years, almost all of them published by Corraini. Among the most recent are Il circo del nano e della donna barbuta (2018) and Yayoi Kusama (2019). He lives and works in Brescia.