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Beatrice Alemagna

I strongly believe in children. I have something to say and to show to them. Something urgent. - Beatrice Alemagna


Born in Bologna, Italy, in 1973, Beatrice Alemagna is an author and illustrator of children’s books. After winning first prize in the 1996 Figures Futur illustration competition, she began a collaboration with the Centre Pompidou as a poster artist from 1998 through 2010. A highly decorated author, her books have won the Prix Octogones, Illustrated Book Prize, Prix Andersen (2010), Prix de l’Ardèche (2013), and more recently the Prix bébé lecteurs (2015) and two consecutive Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award nominations (2014-15). In addition to solo exhibitions and collaborations with Musées Nationaux de France, Djeco, and the Design Museum, Alemagna’s recent work has recieved praise from legendary illustrator Tomi Ungerer and The Huffington Post, which included A Lion in Paris in their list of new children’s classics. Also in 2015, two of her books (Gisèle de verre and Jo singe garçon) appeared in the anthology 100 Great Children’s Picture Books.

Béatrice frequently posts new illustrations on her website and Tumblr page.

Picasso and Lump: Cake on a Plate

Text by Nancy Lim
MoMA Publishing, 2015


Lump, the world-famous artist Pablo Picasso’s dog, loves cake. He can never have enough! But when he takes a bite out of a beautiful cake he finds in the garden, he discovers it’s not cake at all—it’s made of metal—and realizes not everything is what it seems. Lump and his friend, the goat Esmeralda, meet other animals in the yard and learn that they are made from surprising things: She-Goat tells how Picasso made her from broken lamps and tin cans, Baboon explains that her head is made of toy cars and metal strips, and Crane shows off her delicate legs made from forks.

Selected bibliography

My Friend (Mon Amour), North-South, 2005 (UK)

Lion in Paris (Un lion à Paris), Tate Publishing, 2014 (US)

Little Big Boubo, Tate Publishing, 2015 (US)

The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy (Le merveilleux dodu velu petit), Enchanted Lion Books, 2015 (US)

If you would like to invite this author to speak at your university or bookstore, please fill out the application form and email it to Marine Baudoin at marine.baudoin@diplomatie.gouv.fr