Here are a bunch of fun, strange and unexpected facts about Time Sailors of Pizzolungo, its characters and the authors…

  • Some of the fictitious character names were inspired by real people, or well known movie personalities. See if you can find them.
  • Piccola means “small” in Italian. Makes sense, huh? :)
  • Adam’s father’s credit cards were once stolen. Police identified two suspects after they had gone on a shopping spree. Their names? Guillermo Infante and Juan Cruz.
  • If you haven’t already read the answer, try yourself to make one word using all the letters in “new door”.
  • Mario loves his tomato sauce. But in reality he would have had a lot of difficulty finding tomatoes along the journey. Tomatoes were introduced to Europe around the end of the  fifteenth century after having been discovered by Spanish explorers in the Americas (along with other such items as corn, potatoes and chocolate). And you thought the potato came from Ireland? :)
  • The general idea for this book stemmed from a bizarre experience Scott had while vacationing in Sicily, just next to Pizzolungo. He was gifted a small toy boat that was supposed to grow in water but instead disappeared in water (literally). He still wonders where that toy boat went and how big it eventually became.
  • Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Other notable mentions include Sardinia (Italy), Cyprus, Corsica (France), and Crete (Greece).