I very much enjoyed this unique folktale, as did my seven year old daughter who has requested it multiple times since checking it out from the library. And I mostly enjoyed the accompanying illustrations. The backdrops with the very authentic feeling Italian architecture and landscape are very nice indeed. I can't say I was as wild about the people who look a little cartoonish to me. But it obviously didn't affect my overall enjoyment. Definitely recommended for anyone looking for 'clever girl' stories!
Also recommended: Count Silvernose: A Story from Italy - also with an Italian backdrop and gorgeous Renaissance inspired illustrations!