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Elisabeth Ruiz

Born in Paris, Elisabeth has been living in England since 1991. After working as a lawyer, both in Paris and London, she realized that her true vocation was teaching French. She quit Law and has been teaching French for the last ten years to primary school pupils, GCSE and A-level students as well as adults. She is tutor for the award-winning company La Jolie Ronde which runs French teaching groups throughout the UK.

Between them, Luigi and Elisabeth are connected to five languages and cultures. They enjoy the ability to switch from one to the other, opening doors and opportunities both personally and professionally. As a lawyer, Elisabeth could use her linguistic skills to represent a wide range of clients, understanding not only their language but also their culture and their way of doing business.

Every day, Elisabeth sees how her pupils and her own children make tremendous progress in French by reading bilingual books and exploring stories without any awareness of the effort involved. She wanted to write her own bilingual book to share her enthusiasm and experience with young learners keen to discover French.


Luigi Mastroserio

Born in Milan, Luigi has been living in many different cities such as Paris, Nice and London. He currently lives in Luxembourg.

In his spare time, Luigi has been exploring and developing his artistic talents. A self-taught painter, he has a passion for line and colour. He first started with drawings and pastels and now is using acrylics to capture the colours of all his travels.

Art is a necessity for Luigi, a concern, not merely the pursuit of aesthetics. His work has been exhibited in Paris and Luxembourg. He also collaborated with Amnesty International with donations of his works to help the NGO to convey its messages.

More recently, Luigi has developed a keen interest for book illustrations.  For La Famille Jolineau, Luigi chose wonderful colours, gave the characters an immediate attractive and friendly style and created a fun and relaxed atmosphere for the children to explore the French language. These illustrations were preceded by equally successful drawings for ‘ Le suicide du Phenix’  and ‘ La seduzione della vita’ both by Maxim Serranos Soler. Not surprisingly, all these books involve several languages and target a wide multilingual audience.