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Italian / Italy

Una stanza tutta per me

(A room of my own)

Ballista, Serena (text)
Carrer, Chiara (illus.)
Cagli (PU): settenove, [2017]. – [26] p.
ISBN 978-88-9894725-6

Woolf, Virginia  | Autonomy  | Freedom  | Creativity  | Picture book

Reading age: 6+

White Ravens issue: 2017


This book’s title is in obvious reference to Virginia Woolf’s well-known essay. What connects the picture book with the work of the great English author? The threads of a spider’s artfully woven web recall the narrative web of stories that an author invents. The short, apt text enhances Chiara Carrer’s outstanding, intentionally simple illustrations. A story emerges about being alone, about reflection and thought, about the wish for change and autonomy. “Una stanza tutta per me” engages readers by representing the meaning of freedom on every page and the possibility of acting autonomously and standing up for one’s own decisions. Thus, through interplay of “weft” and “warp” a special, unique “fabric” is made.