About Matt Pelicano

Matt Pelicano was born in Central New York and by age 10 was already writing poems, lyrics, music, and stories. At the age of 17, Matt published his first compilation of poetry, followed by a second, one year later. At age 18, Matt’s poetry was featured with a centerfold spread in the New York Span and numerous inclusions in the monthly poetry journal, Omnific. Recently, one of Matt’s children’s books, Philbert LaRue had a Hole in his Shoe, was compared with the works of Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein.

Matt has received nationwide media attention for his writing. Some of this press coverage can be seen on the Media page of this website. Matt's latest novel targets a middle school-aged (and older!) audience. The result of almost two years-worth of onsite research and set in Paris, France, A Butterfly in Paris is an adventure story, a travel guide, and a French language primer all rolled into one!

From his youth, Matt has always loved the poetry of E.E. Cummings, Shel Silverstein, TS Eliot, Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, and William Shakespeare. His literary heroes include JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, Oscar Wilde, Agatha Christie and David McCullough.

Matt has three grown children — Andy, Joey and Megan — and splits his time between South Carolina and France.

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A Butterfly in Paris

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Esmée Délancourt was perfectly happy never to leave her quiet home in Saint-Denis-lès-Chevreuse, France. But when the doors of the commuter train bound for Paris slide closed, trapping her inside, she finds herself an unwilling participant in an adventure through the City of Lights.

As Esmée struggles to find her way home again, the little butterfly meets a cast of characters and witnesses a world of wonders she could never have imagined. Through danger, love, and loss, she comes to understand the meaning of the word home and the symbolism hidden in a sculpture tucked away in the Louvre Museum; a sculpture her mother used to teach an important childhood lesson.

Ages: 11 years - Adult
Category: Fiction
Publisher: April Fool Publishing

Pre-Release Date: April 1, 2020
Release Date: April 10, 2020