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The Five Misfits - Beatrice Alemagna

Hardcover Published: 1st September 2015
ISBN: 9781847806376
Number Of Pages: 40
For Ages: 3 - 6 years old

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Arresting contemporary art style, beautifully packaged in an upmarket format with a bright pink pantone fifth colour throughout.

Five misfits - one holey, one folded up like an envelope, one floppy and boneless, one topsey-turvey, and one that can only be described as a total catastrophe - are perfectly content living in their ramshackle house until one day Mr Perfect, replete with bright pink knickerbockers and fluorescent hair, arrives to inform the happy-go-lucky crew that their lives are "completely worthless". Initially dejected and depressed, each character uses their own special talent to turn the criticism on its head. This quirky and allegorical picture book is filled with humorous and poignant moments, brought to life beautiful contemporary artwork from one of Europe's best-loved talents.

About the Author

Beatrice Alemagna was born in Bologna, Italy and studied at the Istituto Superiore for industrial arts in Urbino, Italy. Her work has been nominated for many international awards, including the Bologna Regazzi Award and the Italian Anderson Prize. She lives and works in Paris, France.

Industry Reviews

"The hot pink endpapers reinforce this story's positive message. Both the collages, whose myriad images will captivate readers, and the text will help kids realize that character rather than looks or talents determines a person's value. VERDICT An offbeat but interesting option for group sharing that would make a good choice for general purchase."--School Library Journal * School Library Journal * Selected as the number one book in The Best Children's Picture Books Summer 2015:

"A beautiful idea, exquisitely illustrated."

'"The Five Misfits" is a stonkingly brilliant offering from the fabulous Beatrice Alemanga. With an inimitable contemporary sytle all of her own, Alemanga has produced another gem of a book...'

Sarah Yewman

Listed in Children's Buyer's Guide 'Picture Book Hardback' category - 'What happens when Mr Perfect visits the Five Misfits? An allegorical tale promoting inclusion and individuality' Listed in Children's Buyer's Guide 'Picture Book Hardback' category - 'What happens when Mr Perfect visits the Five Misfits? An allegorical tale promoting inclusion and individuality' '"The Five Misfits" is a stonkingly brilliant offering from the fabulous Beatrice Alemanga. With an inimitable contemporary sytle all of her own, Alemanga has produced another gem of a book...'



Sarah Yewman Selected as the number one book in The Best Children's Picture Books Summer 2015:



"A beautiful idea, exquisitely illustrated."

ISBN: 9781847806376
ISBN-10: 1847806376
Audience: Children
For Ages: 3 - 6 years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 40
Published: 1st September 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 31.75 x 22.35  x 1.02
Weight (kg): 0.45

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Beatrice Alemagna

About the Author


Born in 1973, Beatrice Alemagna made her first picture book at the age of eight and has since published over 20 books with leading international publishers. Her techniques of illustration vary depending on the story of each book, but range from the use of pencil and paint to collage and embroidery. A consummate storyteller, her intimate and imaginative books are completely intertwined works where the words and the pictures meld seamlessly and become one.

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