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Tuesday 1 May 2012

Blog Tour: KBR Welcomes Davide Cali!

If you're unfamiliar with the work of Swiss author Davide Cali - get set for a major treat. KBR is honoured to kick off a mega Blog Tour with this renowned author of children's (and adult) books.

We're hosting Davide in the lead-up to his Australian visit, where he will be attending the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s National Conference in Adelaide (17-19 May), and will also be visiting New South Wales and Victoria during an intensive two-week tour, including school and bookshop visits, and other events.

Today on KBR, every hour on the hour - from 8am to 4pm - we will be posting reviews of his phenomenal books. We'll also be showing you a sneak peek of his brand new June release - 10 Little Insects at 5pm - and wrapping up the day with a very special interview at 6pm.

You can also go in the running to win all NINE COPIES of Davide's books! Enter now!

Enjoy this author biography and get set for a fabulous bookish ride during this very special day on KBR.

About Davide Cali

Davide Cali was born in Northern Switzerland, near the state line with Germany but grew up in Italy. Davide adored comics from an early age, especially Asterix. At 22, he wrote and illustrated for the monthly Italian magazine LINUS.

A passion for storytelling eventually led him to writing children’s books. Since his first books, which he wrote and illustrated, he has collaborated with many talented illustrators including Serge Bloch (French), Gianluca Foli (Italian) and Anna Laura Cantone (Italian). Picture book awards include France's prestigious Baobab Prize for the most innovative book of 2005 for I Can’t Wait, illustrated by Serge Bloch. This was also Honour Book in the American Library Association's Batchelder Award.

Over the last ten years he has gone on to create more than forty illustrated books for publishers in Austria, France, Italy, Argentina and Portugal. His books have been translated into twenty-five countries all over the world. Australian children’s publisher Wilkins Farago is proud to have published eight of Davide’s books for the English Language market, to excellent reviews.

His nine most recent titles include, The Enemy (included in the USBBY’s 2010 list of Outstanding International Books), The Bear with a Sword (selected for the International Youth Library's White Ravens Catalogue) and What is This Thing Called love?

Being fluent in French, Italian and English, Davide travels extensively around Europe giving talks and performing workshops at schools and book fairs. He is delighted by this opportunity to do the same in Australia.

His new hilarious comic book/graphic novel 10 Little Insects was selected as one of the best graphic novels of the year at the prestigious Angoulême International Comics Festival in France.