“A veritable classic that every home must have on its bookshelves,” said Italian daily newspaper La Stampa about Altan’s Timpa. “She is a friend to wile away the hours with. […] She observes the world with interest, deep feeling, respect and wonder.” (La Stampa). In this second book, the inimitable Timpa stars in a series of marvelous adventures all set at the seaside. Timpa competes in an underwater race, swaps her spots for a shark’s fin, and gives the fish’s upside down slippery-dip a try. Nine separate short tales for young children, featuring Altan’s mesmerizing full-color illustrations.
Altan worked as a screenwriter in Rome before moving to Rio de Janeiro in 1970, where his first comic strips were published in local papers. His most famous creations, including Timpa, began appearing in Italy in the late seventies. He has had personal exhibitions in Zurich and Udine. He currently lives in Aquileia, Italy Timpa ("Pimpa" in Italian) Web site