What a fruitful and animated world of human like vegetables is created in Rodari’s work! Just take a look at the names of the inhabitants of that garden kingdom: Cipollino – the little onion, Signor Tomato, Prince Lemon which speaks of the traits and habits of their bearers. The real and fictive worlds interweave and poignant and acute humor fills the pages which doesn’t prevent the author from addressing the gravest problems including tolerance and peace between different strata of society.
Gianni Rodari (23 October 1920 – 14 April 1980) was an Italian writer and journalist, most famous for his children's books, notably Il romanzo di Cipollino. For his lasting contribution as a children's writer he received the biennial Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1970 and many consider him Italy's most important twentieth-century children's author. His books have been translated into many languages, though few have been published in English.