Francesca is an Italian illustrator and graphic designer based in Switzerland. After she finished her studies in Cagliari, the main city of her beloved Mediterranean island (Sardinia) she said goodbye to her family and her cat (Berta) and moved to Germany before and Switzerland after, in order to follow her dream and be able to work as an illustrator. She graduated in 2015 from the Lucerne School of Art and Design with a Master of Design with focus on Illustration.
"[...] this creative depiction shows how friendship, empathy, and connection can help bring the overwhelming down to size for all." --Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW "A universal book that can be used to explain fear to readers and give empathy to those in a new environment." --Kirkus Reviews "It will be a familiar story for many children, but the girl's specific fears about language and difference might make this useful for discussions about newcomers as well." --Booklist "[...] the pages get more colorful and the fears are contained within each spread to visually indicate to readers that fears are manageable and though they might not disappear completely, the most important thing is that we don't have to be scared alone." --Let's Talk Picture Books "A raw, tender story..." --Julie Danielson, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast "Me and My Fear is a lovely reminder that we all have our fear with us, especially in new situations, which all of us have to face at some point. It serves as a wonderful visual representation of the anxiety an immigrant child might be experiencing and hopefully help them recognize that it doesn't have to rule the day. The illustrations are clean and bright and just right." --Luan Stauss, Laurel Bookstore, Oakland, CA