Francesca Chessa

Francesca was born in a small north Italian town close to Turin.  She graduated in Architecture but, after some years of working as an architect, realised that she would rather paint animals and the things that surrounded her. Hence she did a course in Illustration.  Since 1997 Francesca has illustrated more than thirty children’s books working with publishers in various parts of the world.  She has received mentions and prizes in a number of international competitions.  She now writes her own stories as well as illustrating those by others.  She also illustrates for Unicef and Amnesty International.

Francesca lives in an old house in the centre of Turin with her husband.  Her studio is colourful, full of books and looks over a small courtyard garden.  She loves reading, watching movies, cycling, swimming and skiing.

TITLES INCLUDE
LOVE-A-DUCK by Alan Brown – Gullane

BABY BABY BLAH BLAH BLAH by Jonathan Shipton – Gullane

WHEN BRIAN WAS A LION by Carrie Weston – Gullane

THE MYSTERIOUS PARCEL – Bloomsbury

LIBRARY LILY by Gillian Shields – Gullane

EMILTON SPENCER TEWKESBURY III by Jon Davis – Gullane

ELLIOT'S ARCTIC SURPRISE by Catherine Barr – Frances Lincoln

HOLLY'S RED BOOTS – Gullane

IS IT A MERMAID by Candy Gourlay - Otter-Barry Books

WHO HAS WIGGLE-WAGGLE TOES? by Vicky Shiefman - Holiday House

REVIEWS
WHO HAS WIGGLE-WAGGLE TOES?
"Chessa’s colored-pencil, watercolor, and digital cartoon illustrations depict a culturally diverse cast of lively children who proudly embrace their different body types. (…) Fun and high-spirited—pure joy." KIRKUS REVIEW

"Created with watercolor, colored pencil, and digital elements, Chessa's playful illustrations feature a large, diverse crew of preschoolers who appear in small groups in different settings and clearly enjoy frolicking about in response to the words. A cheerful change of pace for storytime fun." BOOKLIST

IS IT A MERMAID?
"Chessa’s illustrations depict little brown-skinned Benji and Bel with childlike exuberance, and a lovely spread at the end of the day highlights the tropical landscape, framing the dugong swimming off—or is that a mermaid’s tail?." KIRKUS REVIEW

The illustrations are just gorgeous and add detail to the story, is that a mermaid disappearing as the sun sets? ." BOOKS FOR KEEPS

"The warm, whimsical illustrations paint an animated world, abundant in texture, colour and difference." CHILDREN'S BOOKS IRELAND


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