When the Kids Say Enough is Enough!


Francesco Tonucci, 2003, 304p

A child living in the city plays at home under the vigilant eye of his parents, or else is accompanied by them to a place built for the purpose of playing and where, moreover, the games one can play are determined by specific equipment and toys: going down a slide, swinging, spinning, climbing and little else. These places are so insufficient and predictable that they suppress any impulse to invent or imagine. At three years old, at six, at ten, the same games in the same place.

Francesco Tonucci wants to know what children need to be happy, so he asks them. The conclusion he arrives at is that our cities must waste no time in adapting to humans (especially to children), and not the other way round. A book filled with humour and love for children.