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Paco and Camelia: The Venus' Mystery & Other Secrets

Children's fiction book set in Florence, Italy.

The Venus' Mystery and Other Secrets

A whimsical children's fiction book set in Florence, Italy... let Paco and Camelia's adventures enchant your family!

The Story

Paco is a fun but just a little bit grumpy parrot who lives in Florence, Italy with Camelia, his beloved owner, on the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge. 


She runs "Paws to the Sky," the oddest pet store on earth as the animals themselves have never been up for sale! How could she ever part from her little treasures?! 

Here you'll meet Anteus the wise cat, Narcisa the vain ferret, Hypnotica the sorceress snake, Patchiulo the always-hungry python, and many others.


What Camelia doesn’t know is that when she is not there, her precious pets get into strange and hilarious adventures.


And when she gets into a bind and needs some help, the gang will have to think fast and come to the rescue!


Secret passages, magic, unexpected twists and lots of laughter are the protagonists in this story, all set in the enchanting city of Florence.





Let the adventures begin!!!



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The book is intended for children aged six and up, but will certainly entertain parents, grandparents and other family members who will read to their little ones. It is also a unique souvenir for visitors to bring home from Florence and learn about the magical city's secrets! 

The book size is 15x21cm and has a length of 96 pages, featuring more than 60 color illustrations of different sizes by Giulia Cardinali, a young and talented artist.

The story ends hinting at a new adventure, striking readers’ curiosity to know what will happen next. The second book is in fact already in development!

A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to support children victims of car accidents via the Claudio Ciai Foundation.

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All purchases are final. No refunds or exchanges provided.

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Francesco Ciai was born in Florence, Italy in 1987. After studying Social Pedagogy, he worked for years in the cosmetics industry before devoting himself to a life-long passion of writing children's books. Following the premature death of his father from a car accident, he set up and became President of the Claudio Ciai Foundation. The nonprofit supports victims who suffer permanent disabilities. He also authored a book tied to the Foundation titled "La Strada della Dignità: Il Movimento #CiaiCoraggio," which was published in 2017 by Librì Progetti Educativi (Giunti group).  

He lives between Florence, Milan, New York and Miami and his greatest passions are animals, good food and travel.

A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to support children victims of car accidents.