Big Anthony: His Storyby Tomie dePaola, 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
Meet the Author
Tomie dePaola (www.tomie.com) 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. Tomie has received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, a Caldecott Honor for Strega Nona, and a Newbery Honor for his autobiographical chapter book, 26 Fairmount Avenue. The American Library Association said: “His works reflect an innate understanding of childhood, a distinctive visual style, and a remarkable ability to adapt his voice to perfectly suit the story.” He was awarded the Smithson Medal, the Regina Medal, was designated a “living treasure” by the state of New Hampshire, and received the 2012 Original Art Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Society of Illustrators. He lives in New London, New Hampshire.
- Connecticut and New Hampshire
- Date of Birth:
- September 15, 1935
- Place of Birth:
- Meriden, CT
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I used this book after reading Strega Nona. That way, the students/children are already familiar with the history of Big Anthony, and why it is so important to know that he is a clutz. My class loves Tomie dePaola and we do an Author Study every year with him.
The 'Ending' is confusing. It just stops, saying 'the rest is history', with no explanation. It's OK up till that point, but rather hard to explain the abrupt ending. My child and I decided the author couldn't think up a better ending. Upon further research, there appear to be other, similar stories that tie into this story, but as a stand alone book, it doesn't work. It leaves one unsatisfied & frustrated.