Strega Nona

Strega Nona

by Tomie dePaola
Strega Nona

Strega Nona

by Tomie dePaola

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The classic tale of Big Anthony and the magic cooking pot. When left alone with one task—tend the house—Anthony’s curiosity gets the best of him. This picture book is funny, heartfelt, and impossible to forget.

Big Anthony is determined to show the townspeople how Strega Nona’s magic pasta pot works in this classic Caldecott Honor book.

This special ebook edition features Tomie dePaola retelling his classic story against a charming musical score!

Strega Nona—”Grandma Witch”—is the source for potions, cures, magic, and comfort in her Calabrian town. Her magical ever-full 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.

“De Paola’s illustrations aptly capture the whimsy of this ancient tale . . . simple line drawings clearly reveal the agony and ecstasy of pasta power, the muted colors create just the right ambiance for a Medieval village.” —The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442449442
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 02/13/2024
Series: A Strega Nona Book
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 23,475
Lexile: AD730L (what's this?)
File size: 36 MB
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Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

About The Author
Tomie dePaola (1934–2020) was the beloved author and/or illustrator of more than 270 books for young readers, including the children’s classic, Strega Nona. He was the recipient of the Newbery Honor, Caldecott Honor, and the 2011 Children’s Literature Legacy Award for “significant and lasting contribution to children’s literature.” A native of Connecticut, Mr. dePaola studied at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and spent much of his life in New London, New Hampshire. Visit his work online at
Tomie dePaola (b. 1934) was born in Meriden, Connecticut, 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 and Crafts in Oakland, California. This resolve 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 the publisher Coward-McCann. Eventually, freed of other obligations, he plunged full time into both writing and illustrating children’s books. He names Fra Angelico, 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. DePaola has published more than two hundred 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 two-hundred-year-old barn.  


Connecticut and New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1935

Place of Birth:

Meriden, CT
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