Tomie dePaola

About the Author: 

Tomie dePaola lived in New London, and was one of our favorite children’s book authors. His distinctive style and incredible use of color made his books instantly recognizable. Start with Strega Nona, Jack, My Mother is So Smart, and Stagestruck.

Books by this Author: 
Strega Nona (A Strega Nona Book) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780671662837
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 1st, 1975

When Strega Nona leaves him alone with her magic pasta pot, Big Anthony is determined to show the townspeople how it works in this classic Caldecott Honor book from Tomie dePaola.

Strega Nona—"Grandma Witch"—is the source for potions, cures, magic, and comfort in her Calabrian town. Her magical everfull pasta pot is especially intriguing to hungry Big Anthony.

Jack Cover Image
By Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399161544
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - September 16th, 2014

Beloved author-illustrator Tomie dePaola’s take on traditional “Jack tales”—in which a young hero ventures out to seek his fortune and gains it through luck or pluck—is perfect for preschoolers. His hero’s reward is a wealth of animal friends who increase in number—and volume—as the story progresses.

My Mother Is So Smart Cover Image
By Tomie Depaola, Tomie Depaola (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399254420
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - March 23rd, 2010

Mothers are so amazing?is there anything they can?t do?

Stagestruck Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142408995
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Published: Puffin Books - November 8th, 2007

Tommy is so excited. His first-grade class is putting on a play about Peter Rabbit, and he’s sure to get the starring role. But in his enthusiasm, Tommy talks too much in class, so his teacher decides that he should play Mopsy instead—and Mopsy doesn’t have any lines! Tommy is disappointed until he gets an idea.