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Storia di una matita (the pencil boy/Die Geschichte eines Bleistifts) is a short novel published in 2012 by Rizzoli, an Italian important publisher. The book has been highly appreciated (8 editions in 2 years), so that I was invited to make a ‘Tour’ in schools and libraries all over Italy, receiving the enthusiasm of children and young teens.
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Here I’m attaching a brief overview of the story.

The pencil boy

The pencil boy

Title: Storia di una matita (English translation: The pencil-boy) (German translation: Die Geschichte eines Bleistifts)
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Author: Michele D’Ignazio
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Book Cover: Serge Bloch
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Italian publisher: Rizzoli 
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Pages: 120 
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Year of pubblication: 2012 8th Edition March 2014
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Here you can download (pdf file) the beginning of the novel, traduced in German by Thomas Vomel, a teacher and poet from Berlin.
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 This is the story of the pencil-boy, in few words:

Lapo is almost thirty and he just moved to a big city, working on a dream: become an illustrator. Yet, things do not go very well at the beginning, but he believes so much in his capacities that all of a sudden, one morning, he wakes up in a new form, the tool that he always holds in his hand: a pencil. He is a pencil boy now! He leaves signs and drawings all over the place. But he cannot show emotions and he has to draw faces, one for each emotion, which he will show to people when needed. He draws more than 100, but he realizes that it is not enough. He has to temper his tips instead of combing his hair. And he begins an incredible tragicomic adventure in the big city!

 

Griffel ist gerade in eine große Stadt umgezogen, um seinen Traum zu verwirklichen: ein Zeichner zu werden.
Er wünscht es sich so sehr, dass eines Tages sein ganzer Körper, angefangen von den Händen, die Form eines riesigen Bleistifts annimmt. Mit einer Spitze anstelle der Füße verstreut er überall Kritzeleien, lässt sich vom Hausmeister, der es satt hat, Fußböden sauber zu machen, hinterherjagen und begibt sich auf Entdeckungsreise in eine Welt, die neu gezeichnet werden muss.

Looking forward to receive international feedback and hoping that the novel can be appreciated also abroad.
Best wishes,
Michele D’Ignazio

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