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Big Anthony: His Story Paperback – June 25, 2001
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More About the Author
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 for his 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
Top Customer Reviews
This is a wonderful picture book, and a really great edition to the incomparable Strega Nona series!
DePaola is my favorite children's author and illustrator, by far!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book! Tomie de Paola is a wonderful author for kids!Published 7 months ago by Christina Grassia
Fun book to read after you have read other books with Big Anthony as a character.Published 9 months ago by RKN
Great story as always from Tomie de Paola. The grandchildren enjoyed it very much.Published 18 months ago by D4
Cute story but I thought it was going to be in Italian. My search was for Italian books for children.Published on March 30, 2013 by moviefan
all of the books in this series are awesom for any child ---specially the Italian Child who gets a littleITALIAN folklorePublished on January 11, 2013 by Rosie
Great story - grandchildren love it. Want to hear it again. The Strega Nona books are well loved by lots of kids.Published on January 4, 2013 by Bob Finch