New Children’s Storybook by Paolo Mazzucato Reinvents a Classic Italian Tale.

A new children’s storybook presents the reimagined origin tale of the Italian Befana, the old woman who brings gifts the evening before the Christmas Epiphany.

Online PR News – 25-September-2021 – Los Angeles, CA – Author, Paolo Mazzucato, infuses a classic, Italian tale with humor and charm in _The absolutely true story of La Befana_. Part rumor, part folklore, and part magical invention, the legend of an old woman who visits all children, naughty and nice, on the evening before the Christmas Epiphany is a story passed down through generations in Italy. In this retelling, presented from an unusual point of view, the myth meets reality as we learn how things “actually” happened that fateful night when three wiseguys, or…wise men searching for a newborn baby king, came knocking at the old woman’s door. The illustrated storybook will be released in November of 2021 by BepiBooks and will be available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other independent booksellers including

“This tale is playful,” explains Mazzucato, “but shows how sometimes we get preoccupied with our own, little plans, and we miss the chance to be part of a much greater story in the world. La Befana comes to recognize the hope for peace and love that lives in every child.”

Mazzucato, whose February 2019 Amazon Best-Selling children’s book, _No One Mocks a Panda_ deals with issues of diversity and acceptance, also wrote and illustrated 2020’s _A Most Curious Winter’s Night_ which explores the power of imagination in dealing with loss. _The absolutely true story of La Befana_ is available to preorder in both English and an Italian language edition at

About Author
Paolo Mazzucato is an American fiction author and screenwriter. He began his writing career as a Chicago playwright and award-winning student filmmaker before moving to Los Angeles where he won awards for screenwriting and scripted various projects for film and television.

Mazzucato is the author/illustrator of the children's books, _Dream of the Rainbow Unicorn_, _No One Mocks a Panda_ (an Amazon #1 Best Seller, Feb. 2019), _A Most Curious Winter's Night_ and _The absolutely true story of La Befana_. He is also the author of the fantasy adventure novel, _The Gondoliers: The Secret Journals of Fanticulous Glim_, a "recommended" read by the US Review of Books.

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