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Storia di Milo, il gatto che non sapeva saltare

(Milo's Story: The Cat Who Couldn't Jump)

Ugo Guanda Editore, October 2018, pp.112

3 editions

Milo is a disabled kitten: a fairy tale for all ages, about friendship, love and resilience.

Milo is a completely black kitten, the only survivor of his litter, affected by a disorder of the nervous system. Milo zigzags, wobbles, falls backwards and, in particular, cannot jump. When even Mummy Cat leaves him, Milo seems doomed to a bad ending… But then one stormy night he meets a girl who will change his life: Milo now has a home, a patient, caring new human mummy and many friends: Virgil the seagull, G-Attila the miniature scorpion and Julia the hedgehog. His difficulties aren’t over, of course, but love and the invaluable advice of those close to him will help Milo appreciate his uniqueness, his strength and life’s beauty.

Illustrations by Giacomo Bagnara.

Ugo Guanda Editore, October 2018, pp.112

  • “… makes us smile but also moves us and, above all, releases an emotion we tend to bury: empathy.”


  • “An enjoyable book from the first to the last line […]. After reading it, we realise that, when all’s said and done, we are all somebody’s Milo, and that Milos bring love into other people’s lives.”


Rights Sold

Korea: Hanulim Kids; Thailand: Alibooks.

Costanza Rizzacasa d'Orsogna

Costanza Rizzacasa D’Orsogna, a journalist and essayist, graduated in Creative Writing from Columbia University in New York. She writes for the Corriere della Sera. With Guanda, she published her first novel Non superare le dosi consigliate (Do not Exceed Recommended Intake)  in 2020. Storia di Milo, il gatto che non sapeva saltare (Milo’s Story: The Cat Who Couldn’t Jump, 2018), her first book starring the disabled little cat, was also published by Guanda in 2018. Foreign rights have been sold to Thailand (Reading Italy Part.) and South Korea (Hanulim Kids Co.).

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