The Great Battle by Andrea Antinori
With The Great Battle, Andrea Antinori tells us how sometimes trying to defeat an uncontrollable enemy like the rain can be useless: we can use all our tricks to come out on top – boats, sponges, hats of all kinds – but in the end we come to understand that we have to try to live with it and just wait for the sun to return. More annoying than a bear that takes up the entire page (and that readers of Noemi Vola, a fellow young Corraini author, will not have difficulty recognising), resistant to any new solution and cheerfully mischievous, the rain continues to roar stubbornly between the pages of this book: a story of yellow raincoats, frogs and great battles.
Andrea Antinori was born in Recanati in 1992 and spent his childhood and youth in Bologna. He studied Graphic Design at the ISIA in Urbino and the Escola Massana in Barcelona. Since 2013, he has worked with various different Italian publishing houses, particularly with Corraini Edizioni, for which he published Is this a moose? (2015), A book about whales (2016), Christ’s entry into Brussels (2017) and, with Noemi Vola, L’arrivo di Santa Lucia (2018). In 2017 he was among the illustrators selected for the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, and he won, together with the publishing house Biancoenero and the author Vincent Cuvellier, the Premio Andersen for “best book age 6/9.” Abroad, he has worked with the Parisian gallery Les Artychauts and the English magazine Create.