Beloved mouse hero Geronimo Stilton enthralls children at SIBF 2022

Beloved mouse hero Geronimo Stilton enthralls children at SIBF 2022

Young fans of the globe-trotting mouse journalist interact with their hero during a talk with the children’s author at Expo Centre Sharjah

Sharjah, November 04, 2022

“The reason why Geronimo Stilton is loved all over the world by children is that its values are universal and will help children become better adults,” said Elisabetta Dami, creator of the popular children’s storybook series Geronimo Stilton at the 41st Sharjah International Book Fair.

In a discussion with Ida Zilio-Grandi, director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Abu Dhabi, the Italian children’s writer analysed the success of the intrepid mouse journalist Geronimo at a talk titled, ‘Wonders of Italy’. The session also featured a furry Geronimo who delivered a speech to the rapt audience and presented certificates to the young attendees.

Dami, whose books have sold more than 182 million copies worldwide, said the secret of the Geronimo series lies in the values it upholds – respect for school, teachers, elders and families, for friendship, the environment, as well as a love for books. The secret ingredients in her books were adventure, fun, humour and ethics, the Italian author noted, adding that smiles and laughter were important in life.

The popular series which has targeted children in the 5-10 age group was born in a pediatric hospital in Milan, Italy when the author began volunteering there after she learnt she could not have children of her own. Dami added that the mouse and his associates were created to bring smiles to children’s faces because she loves children.

In reply to child moderator Agatha Buono, Dami explained the process of a novel’s creation – from the inspiration that takes shape in her mind to the graphics and printing.

The latest book in the Geronimo series is Thousand Wonders of Italy, which was created by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the Italian Commission for UNESCO to bring children of the world closer, Dami noted.

The book, which has been printed in major languages of the world including Arabic, has become an ambassador for Italy, she added.

As part of Italy’s Guest of Honour activities at SIBF 2022, a series of workshops titled Geronimo Stilton which allows children to be heroes of their personal stories through games, activities and entertainment are being held until November 13, 2022. 

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