How the idea for the story was born?

It was a warm grey day of December, quite strange for the season. I was lost in my thoughts when I watched out of my balcony and saw some littles sparrows dancing on my plants. Then my day became colored and magic. Why not make a book about it, I thought.

What's the story about?

The story is about environment, magic and ambition. In a polluted grey world, a girl notices a colored bird, that will take her to a special place in the middle of nowhere, la serra. There, with thousands of plants, birds and other animals, something special is going to happen… a dream is a wish your heart makes.

Would you like to dedicate it to someone?

La serra is dedicated to everyone who wants to make the difference and to all the dreamers.


Giovanni is an Italian illustrator currently based in Napoli. He was born 28 years ago in Isernia, Molise. He graduated in Graphic Art at the Academy of Fine Art in Florence and then got an MA in Illustration at the ISIA of Urbino. “Che cos’è una sindrome?” is his first picture-book published by Uovonero Edizioni. He has worked for Erickson, Sinnos, Il Foglio, UPPA, AIC, Futura Corriere della sera.

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