Mariedl, a gigantic story

Text and illustrations by Laura Simonati

Mariedl lived on top of a mountain. She was so gigantic that everyone stared at her. Snickering and mockery were her daily lot. So when a little moustachioed man appeared and offered her to join his circus, Mariedl followed him. He would take her to all the cities of Europe, she would be the highlight of his show!

Unfortunately, once on stage, Mariedl was disappointed. All the spectators saw her as a monster. So with her new friends, the lion man, the tattooed woman and Victor, the strongest being in the world, she hatched a plan to escape and live a happy life.

Based on a true story, this is an exciting and touching tale, and a graphic accomplishment.

Award(s) : 

Opera Prima 2023 from Bologna Ragazzi Awards – Unpublished picturebook showcase 2021

Age : From 5 years Size : 22 x 31 cm Volume : 64 pages Price : 17.9€ ISBN : 978-2-930938-60-8 Rights sold : Korean, Simplified Chinese, Italian

Author / Illustrator

Laura Simonati is an Italian illustrator and graphic designer born in Verona. After graduating from the Faculty of Design and Arts at Libera Università di Bolzano in 2017, she moved to Brussels, where she completed a master's degree at ENSAV La Cambre. She currently works as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer, drawing inspiration from vernacular art. In September 2020, she was one of the artists selected for the Golden Pinwheel Young Illustrators Award. She is the author of Zitti zitti, fate piano, published by Coraini edizioni.