Books by Davide Cali

SNOW WHITE AND THE 77 DWARFS by Davide Cali
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A must-read for all offspring…or so their parents and other caregivers are likely to feel. (Picture book. 6-8)"
What'll it be, Snow White? A poisoned apple or keeping house for 77 hyperactive little men? Read full book review >
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL... by Davide Cali
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"A well-traveled premise, but like all of its ilk, a fertile source of inspiration for similarly dilatory students. (Picture book. 6-9)"
In the grand tradition of John Burningham's John Patrick Norman McHennessy, the Boy Who Was Always Late (1987), a tardy lad spins exciting if unlikely excuses to a skeptical teacher.Read full book review >
I DIDN'T DO MY HOMEWORK BECAUSE... by Davide Cali
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 4, 2014

"Ultimately, 'list' books wear thin, and this is no exception. It will likely be passed around, but repeated readings are not particularly rewarding. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Who doesn't want to learn new excuses for unfinished assignments? Read full book review >
10 LITTLE INSECTS by Davide Cali
Released: June 1, 2013

"Bright and altogether engaging; aspiring entomologists should find it extra amusing. (Graphic mystery. 10-15)"
A remote island and a weekend getaway, with murder on the menu. Read full book review >
EACH TO HIS OWN! by Davide Cali
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 20, 2013

"No bells but maybe a few whistles and definitely some giggles. (iPad novelty app. 5-9)"
In this droll, wordless import, a dozen dogs or other animals are connected to as many walkers by, usually, very long leashes. Read full book review >
THE ENEMY by Davide Cali
ADVENTURE
Released: April 14, 2009

"Though too metaphorical for the very young, middle-grade readers may well tuck away a small piece of this book to save for the future. (Picture book. 8-12)"
War demands an enemy: Two khaki-clad soldiers peer out of holes, torn through the page as if by bullets. Read full book review >
I LOVE CHOCOLATE by Davide Cali
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Feb. 10, 2009

"The colors are gorgeous and, appropriately, are reminiscent of a Wayne Thiebaud cupcake—chocolate, of course. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Let us stuff our caloric worries away and now praise, in read-aloud voice, chocolate—that giver of happiness and succor and stomachaches. Read full book review >
MAMA ROBOT by Davide Cali
by Davide Cali, illustrated by AnnaLaura Cantone, translated by Marcel Danesi
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 12, 2008

"Good choice, kid. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Weary of never seeing his working mother after school, a lad imagines building a robotic parent who would make all his favorite foods, do his homework, never tell him to brush and would take care of the odd bully or obnoxious neighbor to boot. Read full book review >
PIANO PIANO by Davide Cali
by Davide Cali, illustrated by Éric Heliot, translated by Randi Rivers
Released: July 1, 2007

"Though framed as a tale for emergent readers, this actually has more to say to parents with selective memory who might be disinclined to give their children's preferences sufficient weight. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Thanks to some grandfatherly intervention, young Marcolino avoids the hated piano to practice a more agreeable instrument in this pointed import. Read full book review >