Nicoletta Vallorani – Like a Whale

The value of “whaleness”

The dolphin Ciro saves (or maybe not) the whale Alice, orphaned following the escape of the mother in front of the harpoons of the whale hunters. Ciro takes care of Alice, and together they start looking for her lost mother. They will cross seas, oceans and troubles, chase Captain Ahab, meet Moby Dick and eventually come to discover a truth that will forever change their destinies.

A coming-of-age novel for children, very enjoyable even by adults, Like  a whale benefits from a narrative on several levels: the main story, the stories narrated by Ciro to Alice, and the comments that the two protagonists exchange on the way in which the story is told by the dolphin, who seems unreliable and imaginative like all storytellers. Mirroring the novel Moby Dick by Herman Melville, this children’s book, exciting and easy to read, manages to be anything but trivial, and to offer simple but basic reflections even to the youngest readers. With a vein of pacifism and antimilitarism, as well as the irony typical of the Marche region-born author, it transmits values ​​such as respect, love for freedom and friendship; and the importance of giving life a meaning.
A book good for parents even before they read it to their children.

Translation by Silvia Accorrà (edited by Sabrina Macchi)

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Heiko H. Caimi
Author and screenwriter, he has been teaching Creative Writing since 1999. He collaborated with the Publisher Tranchida from 2007 to 2009 as a teacher at Forrester School, as a member of the management board and as an editor of the editorial board, as well as an author of the on-line magazines "Gluck59" and "Teneke". He has worked as a writer of short stories with Mondadori and GVE publishers and publishes short stories, articles, reviews and poems with various on-line magazines. He participated as a poet in the VII Annual Carovana dei Versi (Caravan of Verses) in 2012-2013, and some of his works have been be published in 2013 in an anthology by the publishing house Abrigliasciolta of Varese. He has taught courses on writing and screenwriting at the Egea Bookstore of Bocconi University in Milan, at I.I.S. A.Lunardi in Brescia in several libraries and associations in the district of Brescia and in some Swiss schools. A film for which he wrote the screenplay has been optioned twice. He worked as a writer in an international production ("Haiti Voodoo", 2011). A long time ago he played in several bands and collaborated on several short films. He currently lives and works in Brescia. Since 2002 he has been Chairman of Magnoliaitalia, and since 2013 he has been teacher and Conductor at the Writing Parlour in Brescia, a professional school for writers.