Item description for Big Anthony: His Story by Tomie dePaola...
Fans of Tomie dePaola's kindly Strega Nona will love this charming look at the early days of her good-hearted but clumsy helper Big Anthony. From the day he is born, Big Anthony never pays attention. As a boy, he leaves the gates of the farm open and all the animals escape. As a young man off to make his fortune in the world, he accidentally "fixes" the leaning Tower of Pisa. Will Italy survive the hilarious mishaps of Big Anthony?
"Readers of all ages can be grateful that dePaola continues to practice his magic so well." -The New York Times Book Review "Big Anthony and Strega Nona certainly qualify as celebrities in the realm of picture books, and this latest installment will bring smiles to the faces of their young fans." -School Library Journal.
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Studio: Putnam Juvenile
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.6" Width: 8.6" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Oct 31, 1998
Publisher Putnam Juvenile
ISBN 0399231897 ISBN13 9780399231896
Availability 0 units.
More About Tomie dePaola
Tomie dePaola was born in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1934 to a family of Irish and Italian background. By the time he could hold a pencil, he knew what his life's work would be. His determination to create books for children led to a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and an MFA from the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland, California.
It drove him through the years of teaching, designing greeting cards and stage sets, and painting church murals until 1965, when he illustrated his first children's book, Sound, by Lisa Miller for Coward-McCann. Eventually, freed of other obligations, he plunged full time into both writing and illustrating children's books.
He names Fra Angelico and Giotto, Georges Rouault, and Ben Shahn as major influences on his work, but he soon found his own unique style. His particular way with color, line, detail, and design have earned him many of the most prestigious awards in his field, among them a Caldecott Honor Award for Strega Nona, the Smithsonian Medal from the Smithsonian Institution, the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for his "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal for his "continued distinguished contribution," and the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion. He was also the 1990 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration.
Tomie dePaola has published almost 200 children's books in fifteen different countries. He remains one of the most popular creators of books for children, receiving more than 100,000 fan letters each year.
Tomie lives in an interesting house in New Hampshire with his four dogs. His studio is in a large renovated 200-year-old barn.
- He has been published for over 30 years. - Over 5 million copies of his books have sold worldwide. - His books have been published in over 15 different countries. - He receives nearly 100,000 fan letters each year.
Tomie dePaola has received virtually every significant recognition forhis books in the children's book world, including:
- Caldecott Honor Award from American Library Association - Newbery Honor Award from American Library Association - Smithson Medal from Smithsonian Institution - USA nominee in illustration for Hans Christian Andersen Medal - Regina Medal from Catholic Library Association
copyright (c) 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.
Tomie DePaola currently resides in New London, in the state of New Hampshire. Tomie DePaola was born in 1934.
Tomie DePaola has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Big Anthony: His Story?
Big Anthony: His Story Aug 20, 2003
This story in the "Strega Nona" series tells of the "origin" of Big Anthony- from his birth to his joining up with Strega Nona. On his journey to find his fortune (his family kicked him out because he did everything wrong and wouldn't listen :) ), he straightens up the leaning tower of Pisa, he visits Firenze and Roma, where he disrespected the cardinal, and Napoli, where he witnessed the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
This is a wonderful picture book, and a really great edition to the incomparable Strega Nona series!
And the rest is history? Nov 8, 2001
My daughters love this book. My husbands family is from Calabria and they are entranced by the pictures and the langauge he uses - but what does it mean when he says at the end "And the rest is history"?
My husband has no idea - and I am clueless - and the girls want to know what happens next. I would have liked some sort of summary at the end that brings parents up to speed with the history behind the story.
The story was fantastic. Big Anthony is a real character! Sep 29, 1999
This book was hysterical, from Big Anthony spilling all of his baptismal water to not allowing the Cardinal to cross the bridge without paying two coins. A must read!
Big Anthony is back for a funny, bumbling biography. Oct 14, 1998
Since 1976 Big Anthony has been entertaining children both in Strega Nona (which won a 1976 Caldecott Honor) series books, and in his own books. The newest addition is the funniest book yet and takes me back to my childhood days. Big Anthony is back at his best and kids will love this book. dePaola has another winner in this series!