Davide Cali

‘Cali is nothing if not diverse in his choice of subjects to explore. He treats them with keen perception and creativity. Allied with gifted illustrators, his books are always memorable.’ – Magpies magazine

Author of Piano Piano, The Enemy, I Love Kissing You, A Dad Who Measures Up, I Like Chocolate, Santa’s Suit, The Bear with the Sword, What is This Thing Called Love? and 10 Little Insects, Davide Cali is one of Europe’s most innovative and acclaimed writers of illustrated books for both children and adults.

He is the author of over 40 illustrated books, including I Can’t Wait(illustrated by Serge Bloch), which won France’s prestigious Baobab Prize for the most innovative book of 2005 and was Honour Book in the American Library Association’s Batchelder Award.

His books have now been translated and published in over 15 countries. Swiss-born Davide lives in Genoa, Italy, but writes in French.

A Dad Who Measures Up was the first of his books to be published in Australia and New Zealand. His second collaboration with Serge Bloch, The Enemy, was published in October 2007. I Love Kissing You, a picture book for grown-ups, was published in February 2008. His children’s picture book Piano Piano, which was named an Outstanding International Book by the US Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) was published in August 2008, and was followed by Santa’s Suit in December 2008.

The Bear with the Sword, published in March 2010, was his biggest success yet in Australia. Wilkins Farago published What is this thing called love? in June 2011, and 10 Little Insects in May 2012, which was selected by a panel as one of the best graphic novels of the year at the prestigious Angoulême International Comics Festival in France. Davide’s new title The Little Eskimo is in stores now.


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