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A selection of 15 audio stories from Gianni Rodari's Telephone Tales, originally published in Italian in 1962.

Every night, at nine o’clock, wherever he is, Mr. Bianchi, an accountant who often travels for work, calls his daughter and tells her a bedtime story. Set in the 20th century era of pay phones, each story has to be told in the time that a single coin will buy. One night, it’s the story of a carousel so beloved by children that an old man, curious to find out why, sneaks in, and as he sails above the world, he understands. The next night, it’s a land filled with butter men, roads paved with chocolate, or a young shrimp who has the courage to defy expectations and do things differently.

The podcast of Gianni Rodari's Telephone Tales is a project by the Italian Cultural Institute in London, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Gianni Rodari’s birth.

Telephone Tales is published by Enchanted Lion Books, translated by Antony Shugaar. For the English texts: Used with kind permission of Enchanted Lion Books, with thanks to Antony Shugaar for his wonderful English translations

Original edition in the Italian language: Favole al telefono by Gianni Rodari, published by Einaudi Ragazzi. © The Estate of Gianni Rodari. Published in agreement with Piergiorgio Nicolazzini Literary Agency (PNLA)

For the illustration by Bruno Munari: © 1962 Bruno Munari. All rights reserved to Maurizio Corraini s.r.l.

This series is produced by Novel. www.thisisnovel.co.uk
Series Producer: Caroline Thornham

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A selection of 15 audio stories from Gianni Rodari's Telephone Tales, originally published in Italian in 1962.

Every night, at nine o’clock, wherever he is, Mr. Bianchi, an accountant who often travels for work, calls his daughter and tells her a bedtime story. Set in the 20th century era of pay phones, each story has to be told in the time that a single coin will buy. One night, it’s the story of a carousel so beloved by children that an old man, curious to find out why, sneaks in, and as he sails above the world, he understands. The next night, it’s a land filled with butter men, roads paved with chocolate, or a young shrimp who has the courage to defy expectations and do things differently.

The podcast of Gianni Rodari's Telephone Tales is a project by the Italian Cultural Institute in London, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Gianni Rodari’s birth.

Telephone Tales is published by Enchanted Lion Books, translated by Antony Shugaar. For the English texts: Used with kind permission of Enchanted Lion Books, with thanks to Antony Shugaar for his wonderful English translations

Original edition in the Italian language: Favole al telefono by Gianni Rodari, published by Einaudi Ragazzi. © The Estate of Gianni Rodari. Published in agreement with Piergiorgio Nicolazzini Literary Agency (PNLA)

For the illustration by Bruno Munari: © 1962 Bruno Munari. All rights reserved to Maurizio Corraini s.r.l.

This series is produced by Novel. www.thisisnovel.co.uk
Series Producer: Caroline Thornham

    Telling Stories Wrong

    Telling Stories Wrong

    Little Yellow Riding Hood goes to Aunt Hildegard’s house, to bring her some potato peel, but she meets a giraffe… then catches a bus… buys some bubble gum… A grandfather gets the classic story wrong again and again. What is a grandchild to do?

    • 2 min
    Space Cooking

    Space Cooking

    What could be tastier than turkey breastplates? Or yummier than karate chops? And karate chips too, for that matter? Or roasted cafè table legs? Just have a look at the menu of a restauranti on planet X213, where everything is edible! Here, when your alarm clock goes off in the morning you could just grab it for breakfast.

    • 2 min
    Houses And Apartment Buildings

    Houses And Apartment Buildings

    A visit to an elderly bricklayer living in an old people’s home prompts a fundamental question about how the world actually works. The answer is simple: the world does indeed work in the way it does… but it is not necessarily right!

    • 2 min
    Pulcinella's Escape

    Pulcinella's Escape

    The kings and queens of the puppet theatre do not mind being attached to strings, but wooden marionette Pulcinella cannot take it. So he decides to escape alone. Surviving on flower petals, he finds that freedom is sweeter than anything else and he is not even afraid to die when the weather turns to cold and he is buried under the snow… but fortunately marionettes don’t die!

    • 5 min
    Bus Number 75

    Bus Number 75

    ‘Treason! Betrayal!’ all passengers on bus n. 75 exclaim when it suddenly changes route, taking them away from their offices and stopping by a grove of trees instead. But then they start picking daisies, finding wild strawberries, smelling cyclamens… and they are not even late for work! All sorts of things can happen on the first day of spring.

    • 4 min
    Elevator To The Stars

    Elevator To The Stars

    Romoletto, the delivery boy at the Bar Italia in Rome, is frustrated because he has to climb too many stairs in order to make his deliveries: elevator men will not let him in. Until he finds himself in a very peculiar elevator indeed.

    • 6 min

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