This story has the obvious purpose of amusing its readers, yet its present-day characters, as well as its historical and mythological ones, also provide an opportunity for understanding the spirit of the city and learning about the millenary history of the Republic of Venice, its great sailors, explorers and merchant-adventurers, its famous, world-renowned artists and architects.
Venice isn't simply the most beautiful city in the world. It's also the greatest open air theatre, an astonishing stage where an animated crowd of characters gives life every day to an improvised comedy, as it happened in the centuries-old form of theatre called "Commedia dell'Arte".
Through this book, young readers will better understand the heroic accomplishments of the courageous people who built their city in the water and mud of a lagoon, and despite this, succeeded in making an absolute masterwork out of an impossible task.
The story begins with the arrival in Venice, as tourists, of a carrier pigeon, and an aristocratic English family, Lady Matilda, Lord Edward, their daughter Gea , and their dog, Alvin, a high-spirited fox-terrier. Unknown to anyone, Gea and Alvin are magically able to talk to each other.
The little dog is the one who sets the whole story in motion. Everything stemmed from the fact that Alvin is terribly tired of living a lapdog existence amongst luxury, leisure, velvet pillows and gourmet foods. So when he meets a group of wandering mongrels, dirty but free and sprightly, in a little square of Venice, he hears the call of the wild, and suddenly decides to run away with them.
With Alvin's flight, the peaceful holiday of Gea and her parents turns into a wild, and often fun, hunt of the fugitive. The chase along Venice's maze of lanes, up and down its four hundred bridges, will lead them to discover the enchanting beauty of the city.
Many other characters will gradually be introduced to the reader, and their lives and stories will mingle in a dizzying merry-go-round of events.
Three international thieves will make an entrance following Lady Matilda with a desire to steal her jewels; Gea will make friends with Gianni, a boy of her own age, son of a famous Italian film director; Gianni, in turn, diving into the sea of Venice, will have an exciting encounter with Neptune, god of the sea. We will also meet a gondolier, a carrier pigeon, the talking statues of the Winged Lion, symbol of Venice, the Archangel Gabriel and Bartolomeo Colleoni, the Captain General of the Venetian army.
At the end of the book, all the characters will come together in St Mark's square, concluding the story in a grand finale.
FOR YOUNG READERS AGED 8-13
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About the Author
One of his most successful books, "Il Pianeta dei Matti", has been printed in Italy, France and Japan, has received awards from "Futuribles International" and "Fondation Claude-Nicolas Ledoux", centers of future studies based in Paris, and recently has been published in English by Amazon with the title "The Planet of Nuts". It is an ecological science-fiction story, a satirical picture of our super-high-tech future. An unaccustomed book apparently looking back to the past with nostalgia, but its true message is another: technology is not an end in itself, progress is really progress only if it doesn't run so fast and wild as to forget common people and leave them behind.
Recently, he also published on Amazon the new edition of another a fantasy book entitled "The Venice Tales": through the many adventures of its characters, the book provides an opportunity for learning about the glorious, millenary history of the Republic of Venice.
Other successful books of this author are "Robin and the Pirates", "Ernest in the Wild West" and "The Adventures of Ernest in Africa". As the titles suggest, they are adventure stories, wonderfully illustrated, tailor-made to children of all ages and also appreciated by an adult audience.