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Strega Nona

By Tomie dePaola (Author) & Tomie dePaola (Illustrator)
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When Strega Nona leaves him alone with her magic pasta pot, Big Anthony is determined to show the townspeople how it works

Publishers Description
Strega Nona -- "Grandma Witch" -- is the source for potions, cures, magic, and comfort in her Calabrian town. Her magical everfull pasta pot is especially intriguing to hungry Big Anthony. He is supposed to look after her house and tend her garden but one day, when she goes over the mountain to visit Strega Amelia, Big Anthony recites the magic verse over the pasta pot, with disastrous results.

In this retelling of an old tale, author-illustrator Tomie dePaola (whose middle names "is" Anthony) combines humor in the writing and warmth in the paintings as he builds the story to its hilarious climax.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/1996
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/1997 page 109

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Little Simon
Running Time: 441.00 minutes
Pages   407
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.9" Width: 4.9" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Board Books
Release Date   Oct 1, 1997
Publisher   Little Simon
Age  4-8
ISBN  0689817649  
ISBN13  9780689817649  
UPC  076714007994  

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More About Tomie dePaola

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Tomie dePaola ( is the acclaimed author and/or illustrator of more than 250 books for children. His books range from autobiographical stories to retellings of folktales and legends to original tales, such as the Strega Nona books. He lives in New London, New Hampshire.

Tomie dePaola has published or released items in the following series...
  1. 26 Fairmount Avenue Books
  2. Barker Twins
  3. Goodnight
  4. Paperstar Book
  5. Picture Puffin Books
  6. Smart about the Arts

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Authors & Illustrators, A-Z > ( D ) > De Paola, Tomie
3Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths > European
4Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths > Multicultural
5Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths > Other
6Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery & Horror > Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
7Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8
8Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > Mythology > Children's Books > Other

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Good for ages 2-1/2+ Boy or Girl  Oct 26, 2007
There's some good descriptions of the story so I won't go into it; however no one so far touches on what the age appropriate level is. It says 4-8, however, when I bought this book, I my kids were just 5 & 2-1/2 yrs old. We are avid(sp?) bedtime book readers, so I am not sure if it is unusual that my younger one listened to the long story as well as my older one. I just happened upon this book at a school book sale & was very happy I'd found it. I think it's a great gift book because it's different -- the town is covered in spaghetti & that's a bit funny -- there's the lesson in it--- and the kids get to imagin how bad of a stomach ache Big Anthony must have had after eating all the spaghetti. I am going to guess that this isn't in everyone's bookshelf, but it should be, so purchase away!
Strega Nona   Feb 6, 2006
I enjoyed reading this book of fantasy to my children. The illustrations in this story are brilliant. The plot, although predictable and simple, was very amusing. It gave me the chance to re-iterate the importance of listening and following directions carefully for our own wellbeing as well as for the wellbeing of others. The character of Big Anthony is very endearing. He really wanted to do good things for the people. Sometimes in life, we find that many of our mistakes are paved with good intentions.
In researching the author I found that Tomie dePaola, whose given name is Thomas Anthony de Paola, was born in Meriden, Connecticut in 1934 of an Irish and Italian background. From an early age his he loved to create picture books. His mother, a book lover, read to him and his brother and encouraged their love of books.
This is a great bed time reader. It is not to long and leaves lasting impressions.
Strega Nona reviewed by Ethan  Jan 28, 2006
Reviewed by ETHAN

The book Strega Nona is a funny, nice, and is a story with a moral. When I was little, I loved it for its humorous plot and it's well drawn pictures. In fact, a lot of parents love it for there children.

Strega Nona takes place in a small village. In the village lives Strega Nona a nice old healer. She has a magic pasta pot. But, when Big Anthony comes along looking for a job, bites off more than he can chew.

The author TOMIE DE PAOLO has retold this children's story or book into a story for everyone no matter what the age. TOMIE has also given it pictures even though they do not give descriptions. They still are good understandable pictures.

Even though the book has a fantastic plot, pictures, and characters it has some faults. First, it did not captivate me and it did not give a good description of characters.
I would like to add something although it has its faults it is a wonderful book and it got the Caldecott Honor book Award.

This book is great for teachers because it has a moral and it is a perfect book for kids because they can understand it. Parents, I would say that this is the book to give to your children! That's why Strega Nona is perfect.

This book brings smiles...  Jan 16, 2005
This book brings smiles as it is reminds me of the days when children's books were simple and guided the imagination through unique illustrations and a flowing (no pun intended) story-line. I read this book repeatedly when I was really young that when I recently tried searching for it I kept looking for a title with Spaghetti in it. Now, I am thrilled to have found it and hope to read it to me kids someday. TIP: If you want a book that really brings out a young child's imagination (for the book has no words, the story is in pictures) try picking up De Paolo's Pancakes for Breakfast too. I am happy to say I recently purchased my copy.
De Paola's Best Yet  Jul 3, 2004
Strega Nona (Grandma Witch) is about the beloved character with the same name. She lives in a small town in Italy, where she cures sickness and warts. When she hires Big Anthony to help her, trouble starts. When Anthony sees her through the window making pasta by chanting a few words, he tries while she is on a trip to see a friend. Kids will enjoy the humorous ending and classic illustrations. (...)

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