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SANTA’S SIDE JOB (working title)

Michele D’Ignazio
Sergio Olivotti

  • Original Title: IL SECONDO LAVORO DI BABBO NATALE
  • Publication date: November 2019
  • Publisher: RIZZOLI
  • Country: IT
  • 288 print pages
  • Comedy

Information

  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: Italy
  • Themes: FAMILY, Adoption, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Inequality, Ecology, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Social relations, Solidarity, Commitment, Accepting differences, CHARACTERS, An elderly character

Pitch

As we know, Santa Claus is a seasonal worker, and it has always gone well for him, until due to the economic crisis he is forced to look for a second job. Waiter? Call center operator? Nothing seems to fit him. But just when he's about to lose hope, he finds a perfect job...

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Translation rights sold (first volume): Spain, Greece

There will be a second instalment.

The first volume sold more than 5.000 copies in less than two months.

Michele D'Ignazio is an Italian children's books author. His books include the long-selling series STORIA DI UNA MATITA, which has conquered many children, becoming one of the favorite fiction reads in schools, and PACUNAIMBA.

Sergio Olivotti is an Italian graphic designer, illustrator and author of children's books.

Summary

The story of Book 1, IL SECONDO LAVORO DI BABBO NATALE, focuses on Santa Claus’s need for a side job in a time of economic uncertainty and financial crisis, while the second volume will be about climate change and sustainability, as well as acceptance and adoption.

Book 1: IL SECONDO LAVORO DI BABBO NATALE

As we know, Santa Claus is a seasonal worker, and it has always gone well for him, until due to the economic crisis he is forced to look for a second job. Waiter? No, Santa Claus is too big and awkward. Animator? Too old. Call center operator? It is not for him. But just when Santa is about to lose hope, he finds a perfect job: garbage collector. With the help of another figure of Italian folklore, La Befana - an old woman who delivers gifts to children throughout Italy on Epiphany Eve -, he embarks on a mission to recycle waste. And he discovers that it is never too late to make wishes come true. Your own, but especially those of others.

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  • Author’s biography

    Michele D'Ignazio (born 1984) is an Italian children's books author. His books include the long-selling series STORIA DI UNA MATITA, which has conquered many children, becoming one of the favorite fiction reads in schools, and PACUNAIMBA.

    Sergio Olivotti is an Italian graphic designer, illustrator and author of children's books.