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La principessa Fuzzia

Nicoletta Costa, Carlotta Filardi

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Text by Carlotta Filardi
Illustrations by Nicoletta Costa

Preface by Leonardo Pieraccioni

20 × 20 cm, 48 pages.
13 colour illustrations

isbn 978-88-7461-294-9 Italian

In a distant land during a time of blossoming cherries, the beautiful Princess Fuzzia was born. The princess grew up healthy and strong, and her life as an adult continued happily and serenely with Prince Codino by her side. One terrible day she felt unwell and discovered that she had a dragon inside her: the rare dragon large B-cell Linfo. From that moment, surrounded by the affection of a special army of friends and subjects, the Princess began her battle against the dragon. With the help of funny doctors and their odd assistants, ready to cure her with strange but effective machines, the dragon Linfo could not stand a chance and in the end, left Princess Fuzzia free and healthy.

The fairy tale takes place in a faraway fuchsia kingdom, delicately and profoundly confronting the subject of cancer and the difficult path facing an oncology patient, without omitting any therapeutic aspect. Transformed into magician’s hats, giant rings, silly little doorways and talking masks, the reader recognises the key instruments for tumour diagnosis and treatment. The Princess Fuzzia is a special book written for small patients and for children of the sick to try to explain and facilitate a discussion on a very difficult subject.

Carlotta Filardi

Filardi, the real Princess Fuzzia, is a young Florentine personal trainer at the onset of her literary career. Her personal story, marked by a tumour discovered in 2014, was made public for unjustified penalties imposed on her by INPS (Istituto Nazionale della Previdenza Sociale). She has been the guest of various television broadcasts and has provided numerous interviews. Her strength and determination for the defense of cancer patients’ rights led to the forthcoming approval in Parliament of “Carlotta’s Law”.

Nicoletta Costa

Costa was born and works in Trieste. At 12 years old she illustrated her first book, the start of a passion that has since stayed with her. Her characters, like the famous Cloud Olga, Giulio Rabbit and the Witch Teodora, enjoy child-friendly adventures. Young readers love her work because it is easy to impersonate. She has been awarded the Christian Andersen prize numerous times, and has also achieved international renown. Her books are published in Italy and abroad.