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Big Anthony: His Story Paperback – June 25, 2001

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Book 8 of 10 in the Strega Nona Series

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PW's starred review of this companion volume to Strega Nona: Her Story said, "Readers will find much to chuckle at, and kids will likely flip back to the start of the book, to relive bumbling Big Anthony's early life all over again." Ages 4-8.

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Kindergarten-Grade 3-Big Anthony, hapless helper of the good Italian witch Strega Nona, didn't begin his bumbling ways when he caused pasta from a magic pot to engulf the medieval Italian city of Calabria. He has bumbled from birth, and those mishaps have been recorded in this latest installment in the saga. This second prequel to Strega Nona: An Old Tale (S & S, 1975) is less folkloric and more biographical than the original. As in Strega Nona: Her Life (Putnam, 1996), dePaola documents the path that brought the two together. A bit long and perhaps a wee bit obscure for the preschoolers who haven't met the characters before, the text is well balanced with trademark dePaola illustrations, which provide comic visual punch lines to each episode. If the familiar cartoons are a bit looser in execution, the palette, with rosy Italian skies and even a volcano eruption, is more vivid than ever. 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.
Sue Sherif, Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Library, AK
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD300L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books (June 25, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0698118936
  • ISBN-13: 978-0698118935
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.2 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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!
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Tomie de Paola books are a big hit with my 8-year-old, and Big Anthony is one of her favorite (child like) characters. He makes SO many mistakes, but Strega Nona kindly shepherds him through it each time, with love and kindness.
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By A Customer on August 19, 2003
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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!
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I have 3 kids, aged 11, 7, and 4. They all love the Strega Nona series of books, with Big Anthony being in the "must have top 3" set. This, along with Strega Nona, and Strega Nona Her Story, is a must own! We all still giggle at the funny antics and drool at the fabulous illustrations.
DePaola is my favorite children's author and illustrator, by far!
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My children loves Tomie dePaola books growing up and now I buy them for my grandchildren. They love Strega Nona but LOVED reading about Big Anthony and learning Big Anthony's story.
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Although this is for kids older than my 3 year old grandson-I was able to adlib enough for him to enjoy the story. Great pictures to help him to understand the story.
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This is another Tomie dePaola book that I bought to add to my collection. My students loved this one because it taught them to not break promises or it can backfire.
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Adorable. You can't really go wrong with anything written and illustrated by Tomie DePaola, and this adjunct to the Strega Nona series is great.
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