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Chessa, Francesca

Chessa, Francesca


Born in Italy. Education: College degree (architecture); studied art with Aura Cesari and Stepan Zavrel.


Home—Turin, Italy. E-mail—[email protected]


Illustrator. Creator of artwork for UNICEF greeting cards. Exhibitions: Works included in exhibitions staged at museums in Japan, Taiwan, Italy, and elsewhere in Europe, including 1999 U.N. Convention about Children's Rights, Milan, Italy.

Awards, Honors

Honorable mention, Bologna Book Fair, 1998; TIBI Prize, Teheran International Biennale of Illustration, 1999, for The Sheep Who Wanted to Fly; several other illustration awards.



Balenottera mangiona, Edizioni Colors (Genoa, Italy), 1998.

A Button Muddle, Chrysalis (London, England), 2003.

Tom's Train, Gakken (Tokyo, Japan), 2004.

The Mysterious Package, Bloomsbury Children's Books (New York, NY), 2007, published as The Mysterious Parcel, Bloomsbury (London, England), 2007.

Holly's Red Boots, Holiday House (New York, NY), 2008.


Silvia Roncaglia, Il bisonte bisunto, Edizioni Signum Scuola (Turin, Italy), 2000.

Cristina Garelli, Farm Friends Clean Up, Crown Publishers (New York, NY), 2000.

Gianni Rodari, Le Favole di Esopino, Edizioni Il Capitello (Turin, Italy), 2000.

Christina Garelli, The Sheep Who Wanted to Fly, Gakken (Tokyo, Japan), 2001.

Cristina Garelli, Forest Friends' Five Senses, Knopf (New York, NY), 2001.

Guido Quarzo, Cecilia e il grande Gnam, Fabbri Editori (Milan, Italy), 2001.

Loredana Frescura, L'avventura straordinaria, Edizioni il Capitello (Turin, Italy), 2001.

Juliane Hartmann Stuckelberger, Stella und der Weihnachtsstern, Friedrich Reinhardt Verlag (Basel, Switzerland), 2001.

Fulvia Degl'Innocenti, Celluloso gigante goloso, Edizioni i Colori del Mondo (Naples, Italy), 2002.

Marcello Bernardi, Educazione e libertà, Fabbri Editori (Milan, Italy), 2002.

Cristina Garelli, Jungle Friends and Their Teeth, Gakken (Tokyo, Japan), 2002.

Pino Pace, L'odore di pepenero, Edizioni Signum Scuola (Turin, Italy), 2002.

Mario Lodi, Il drago del vulcano e altre storie, Giunti (Florence, Italy), 2002.

Silvia Rocaglia, Animali pronti in favola, Editrice Piccoli (Turin, Italy), 2004.

Donatella Ziliotto, Anelli di drago, Giunti Editore (Florence, Italy), 2004.

Lo Vorrei … (anthology), Edizioni Condè Nast, 2004.

Helen Bannerman, The Story of Little Black Sambo, Kyowon Co (Seoul, Korea), 2005.

Anna Vivarelli, Il labirinto sotto il letto, Fabbri Editori (Milan, Italy), 2005.

Fulvia Degli'Innocenti, Martina ed il coccodrillo, Paoline Editori (Milan, Italy), 2005.

Hans Christian Andersen, Il brutto anatroccolo, Corriere della sera (Milan, Italy), 2005.

Brothers Grimm, Il lupo ed i sette capretti, Corriere della sera (Milan, Italy), 2005.

Christina Garelli, Dog and I, Gakken (Tokyo, Japan), 2006.

Carrie Weston, When Brian Was a Lion, Gullane Children's Books (London, England), 2006.

Roberto Piumini, Il gatto con gli Stivali, Edizioni EL (Trieste, Italy), 2006.

Silvio d'Arzo, Il Pinuino senza frac, Editrice Signum (Turin, Italy), 2007.

Biographical and Critical Sources


Booklist, December 1, 2001, Gillian Engberg, review of Forest Friends' Five Senses, p. 649; July 1, 2007, Hazel Rochman, review of The Mysterious Package, p. 66.

Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2007, review of The Mysterious Package.

Publishers Weekly, November 13, 2000, review of Farm Friends Clean Up, p. 103.

School Library Journal, October, 2000, Susan Marie Pitard, review of Farm Friends Clean Up, p. 125; November, 2001, Karen Scott, review of Forest Friends' Five Senses, p. 122; July, 2007, Suzanne Myers Harold, review of The Mysterious Package, p. 73.


Francesca Chessa Home Page, (July 27, 2008).

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