Books by Tomie dePaola

THE POPCORN BOOK by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Readers familiar with this book will delight in a fresher-looking version, but overall and despite good intentions, it does not completely rehabilitate the original's flawed depictions of Indigenous peoples. (sources, resources) (Informational picture book. 5-12)"
Curious, shaggy-haired twins Tony and Tiny learn about the history of popcorn while waiting for a pot of kernels to pop. Read full book review >
QUIET by Tomie dePaola
Kirkus Star
by Tomie dePaola, illustrated by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"A lovely, simple reminder to pause and notice this life. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A white-bearded grandfather imparts his gentle wisdom to his grandchildren—a girl and a boy—as they meander through a placid green space. Read full book review >
IN A SMALL KINGDOM by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2018

"A triumphant story celebrating the ability of love, community, and cooperation to overcome any obstacle. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In a small kingdom, a young heir ascends, a dastardly villain plots, and a magical robe saves the day. Read full book review >
ANDY & SANDY AND THE BIG TALENT SHOW by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"Bravo! (Early reader. 5-7)"
A case of stage fright nearly thwarts Andy and Sandy's act in this latest installment of dePaola and Lewis' early-reader series. Read full book review >
STEPPIN' OUT by Lin Oliver
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Perhaps an accurate portrayal of toddler life but missing a bit of wonder. (Picture book/poetry. 2-5)"
The babies from Little Poems for Tiny Ears (2014) grow into toddlers and explore their world. Read full book review >
ANDY & SANDY AND THE FIRST SNOW by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A welcome return for Andy and Sandy! (Early reader. 4-8)"
The third installment in the Andy & Sandy series for new readers comes right in time for winter. Read full book review >
THE MOON'S ALMOST HERE by Patricia MacLachlan
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 7, 2016

"A beautiful but minor effort from two immensely talented creators. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A parent-child pair observes the coming of night and the reactions of various (mostly domesticated) animals and their offspring. Read full book review >
WHEN ANDY MET SANDY by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2016

"Good to meet you, Andy and Sandy. (Early reader. 5-7)"
DePaola and Lewis' new early-reader series features a boy and girl who become fast friends in the first book and go on to have adventures there and in the second book, too. Read full book review >
LOOK AND BE GRATEFUL by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Thank you, Tomie. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The beloved, Wilder Award-winning illustrator spins a simple paean to gratitude. Read full book review >
JACK by Tomie dePaola
by Tomie dePaola, illustrated by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Adults who have been through the ordeal of a fixer-upper may appreciate the ending more than kids, but everyone will enjoy the fun. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A new tale from dePaola is always a reason to cheer, and this riff on "Jack" tale variants will bring smiles. Read full book review >
LITTLE POEMS FOR TINY EARS by Lin Oliver
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"A tenderly crafted collection that captures the joyous individual moments of infant discoveries. (Picture book/poetry. 6 mos.-2)"
Twenty-three original, first-person poems for the very young. Read full book review >
LET THE WHOLE EARTH SING PRAISE by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"Every page is infused with joy and color, and sweet touches like the ladybug that sits on the letter G on the cover delight. (Picture book. 4-8)"
DePaola takes two pieces of the Old Testament (the Benedicite and Psalm 148) and transmutes them into a simple song for all Creation. Read full book review >
MY MOTHER IS SO SMART by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"For a holiday too often characterized by cold-hearted calculation, this sweetly honest offering hits just the right note. (Picture book. 3-5)"
This little boy's mother is so smart, "[s]he always knew when to change my diaper." Read full book review >
THE SONG OF FRANCIS by Tomie dePaola
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Glorious. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A beautiful celebration of simplicity and joy for the very youngest children. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Treat young readers and listeners who enjoyed Kevin Hawkes's North Country excursion Wicked Big Toddlah (June 2007) to these further glimpses of a distinctive regional culture. (Picture book. 7-9)"
In affectionate tribute to rural New England, his home for the past 35 years, dePaola offers four short character tales, one per season, with six even shorter tourist anecdotes interspersed: "Have you lived here your whole life?" Read full book review >
WHY? THE WAR YEARS by Tomie dePaola
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"It's quite a powerful story, and will give its audience time and space to grapple with the question of the title. (Autobiography. 8-12)"
The latest in the 26 Fairmont Avenue series, in which the beloved writer and illustrator recounts his childhood in vignettes almost every child can recognize and derive comfort from, turns rather dark as life sometimes does, even for small children. Read full book review >
CHRISTMAS REMEMBERED by Tomie dePaola
HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"While the stories from his childhood will interest younger readers, most of the volume will be of more interest to dePaola's adult fans and those doing author studies. (Nonfiction. 10-adult)"
DePaola offers a montage of Christmas memories from his earliest days as a toddler in a high chair, captured in home movies, right up to his current celebrations in his home in New Hampshire. Read full book review >
I’M STILL SCARED by Tomie dePaola
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"A slice of real life, true in its history and emotional resonance. (Autobiography. 7-10)"
These brilliant, seemingly artless but carefully crafted books of the famed writer-illustrator's life work on so many levels. Read full book review >
STAGESTRUCK by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"As in DePaola's other stories that incorporate his childhood memories, this classroom is a peek back into an earlier time, with boys in knickers and girls in dresses and hair bows, but the emotions of a budding thespian remain the same. (Picture book. 5-8)"
DePaola recounts another anecdote from his childhood in this school story that explores the concept of "stealing the show." Read full book review >
GUESS WHO’S COMING TO SANTA’S FOR DINNER? by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"DePaola's characters are as roly-poly and humorous as always, however, and his legions of fans will love Santa's big family, warts and all. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Santa Claus invites his entire extended family to Christmas dinner in this longer story, told partially through text and partially through speech balloons in the illustration panels. Read full book review >
PASCUAL AND THE KITCHEN ANGELS by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"A note about the saint and a dedication to a number of notable foodies complete this utterly charming work. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Using acrylics and gesso to make his beautiful, cheerful, and warmhearted images that are so familiar to children, dePaola recounts the story of St. Read full book review >
FRIDA KAHLO by Margaret Frith
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"If only some sort of bibliography or notes were included to aid Frieda's fellow researchers. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
The Mexican painter Frida Kahlo is a surprisingly popular subject for young people. Read full book review >
TROUBLE IN THE BARKERS’ CLASS by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2003

A scowling, aggressive new classmate quickly wears out her welcome in this third episode featuring the Barker twins. Read full book review >
THINGS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME by Tomie dePaola
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"This child cherished his life—even the scary parts, like the presence of polio or the giant Ferris wheel—and young readers will find enormous resonance with their own experiences across the decades of time. (Chapter book. 7-10)"
Another in the utterly engaging series in which dePaola recounts his own childhood; this one ends on a somewhat darker note. Read full book review >
FOUR FRIENDS AT CHRISTMAS by Tomie dePaola
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Thank goodness for friends—and Tomie dePaola. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The indefatigable dePaola (Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella Story, p. 1307, etc.) offers a holiday story adapted from a chapter of his 1977 Four Stories for Four Seasons. Read full book review >
ADELITA by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"An enjoyable read-aloud, this is a fine addition to the author's growing collection of stories set in Mexico. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Placing this Cinderella variation in upper-class Mexico in the last century, dePaola (A New Barker in the House, p. 409, etc.) has framed the story in a more realistic vein than usual. Read full book review >
THE HOLY TWINS by Kathleen Norris
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"There's always a place for dePaola's work; older children, or those intent on connecting the words to the beautiful pictures, will find their attention amply repaid. (Biography. 7-10)"
DePaola's inexhaustible wellspring of creativity is never more evident than in ecclesiastical subjects, and in this biography of the twin saints, Benedict and Scholastica, he has outdone himself. Read full book review >
MEET THE BARKERS by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2001

"Which it is—delivering modeled behavior in light, positive ways, and fleshing out his puppy protagonists with artfully presented differences and similarities, he has crafted a tale that all brand-new grade-schoolers will effortlessly absorb and enjoy. (Picture book. 5-7)"
The ageless dePaola casts two of his own Welsh terriers in this carefully constructed series kickoff. Read full book review >
A NEW BARKER IN THE HOUSE by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Focusing more on the challenges of meeting someone who speaks a different language than on adjusting to a new sibling, this latest episode in the Barkers' adventures is a welcome, timely addition to the series. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The Barker family (Meet the Barkers: Morgan and Moffat Go to School, 2001) is back, and they're adopting a child. Read full book review >
ON MY WAY by Tomie dePaola
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2001

"More please. (Biography. 7-10)"
DePaola is irresistible. Read full book review >
WHAT A YEAR! by Tomie dePaola
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2001

"Those who open the loving doors of the little house on Fairmount Avenue will want to stay for a long time, at least for some of Nana's flaming plum pudding. (Fiction. 6-9)"
DePaola's fourth volume in the popular 26 Fairmount Avenue series is as charming and engaging as its predecessors. Read full book review >
STREGA NONA TAKES A VACATION by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Don't miss 'La gloria di Strega Nona' on the back cover, where Strega Nona does a Botticelli Venus with Big Anthony and Bambolona tossing flowers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
There's an inexhaustible sweetness to dePaola's Strega Nona stories, and this is no exception (Night of Las Posedas, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >
HERE WE ALL ARE by Tomie dePaola
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 2000

"Seldom either shy or down for long, he is or becomes a friend to everyone here, and like the unsympathetic teacher who relents after being presented with a magnificent homemade valentine, readers will find his buoyancy irresistible. (Autobiography. 7-10)"
Picking up his memoir where 26 Fairmount Avenue (1999), left off, dePaola presents a kindergartner's-eye view of his new house, growing family, and increasingly busy life. Read full book review >
JAMIE O'ROURKE AND THE POOKA by Tomie dePaola
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

THE NIGHT OF LAS POSADAS by Tomie dePaola
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Richly hued, luminescent illustrations radiate from the pages; an introduction and author's note provide additional information. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A wondrous occurrence, an ancient tradition, and an elderly nun's abiding faith are the basis of this moving Chirstmas tale from dePaola (26 Fairmount Avenue, p. 629, etc.). Read full book review >
26 FAIRMOUNT AVENUE by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1999

"Generously illustrated with vignettes and larger scenes, this cheery, well-knit narrative proves that an old dog can learn new tricks, and learn them surpassingly well. (Autobiography. 7-9)"
The legions of fans who over the years have enjoyed dePaola's autobiographical picture books will welcome this longer gathering of reminiscences. Read full book review >
ERANDI'S BRAIDS by Antonio Hernández Madrigal
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Although the storyline—equating the cutting of hair with sacrifice, as it was for O. Henry's young couple and Alcott's Jo—is not entirely new, dePaola's work transports readers to the innocence and austerity of a timeless Mexican village. (Picture book. 4-7)"
DePaola's signature rounded characters and folk-influenced palette invigorate this slim Mexican folktale. Read full book review >
BIG ANTHONY by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"This cheerful addition to the dePaola canon has plenty of Italian words to roll off the tongue, and abundant, limpid colors to delight the eye. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The followers of Strega Nona and her consistently befuddled sidekick Big Anthony now have his "biography" from birth to that fateful meeting on a hill in Calabria. Read full book review >
BILL AND PETE TO THE RESCUE by Tomie dePaola
ANIMALS
Released: April 13, 1998

"It strains the series to work in that New Orleans backdrop, but readers will still be hoping for another glimpse—on any continent—of Bill and Pete. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The adventures of Bill the crocodile and his sidekick Pete the plover (Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile, 1987, etc.) continue with this trans-Atlantic rescue of Bill's little cousin Jane Allison. Read full book review >
MICE SQUEAK, WE SPEAK by Arnold L. Shapiro
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 22, 1997

"So why is Shapiro not given credit up front? (Picture book. 2-6)"
Although Shapiro's name does not appear on the jacket, it is his elemental and immediate poem about animalsincluding humansand the sounds they make that is set to dePaola's handsome illustrations. Read full book review >
DAYS OF THE BLACKBIRD by Tomie dePaola
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 27, 1997

"Fresco-style artwork—the colors washed and clean—accompanies this testament to friendship, fidelity, and generosity; fittingly, the story radiates warmth. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
The indefatigable dePaola (Strega Nona, p. 1160, etc.) weighs in with another of his entertaining historical interpretations. Read full book review >
GET DRESSED, SANTA! by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Bubblicious curves edge this book's pages, echoing the pleasantly rotund drawings of Santa's bulging bag, belly, and behind. (Board book. 2-4)"
Getting dressed to go outside in the winter is a common ordeal for toddlers and preschoolers in cold climates. Read full book review >
STREGA NONA HER STORY by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 1996

"Clearly, she and dePaola know plenty about labors of love. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
This warm and affable prequel to Strega Nona (1975) is a biography of the Italian sorcerer. Read full book review >
THE BABY SISTER by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 19, 1996

"As always, dePaola's illustrations convey a wide range of emotions through expressions and gestures, imparting a glowing sense of the security and love that surrounds this large family. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A loving look back by dePaola (The Mother of Jesus, 1995, etc.) that draws directly on his childhood in an extended Italian and Irish family. Read full book review >
MARY by Tomie dePaola
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 15, 1995

"The interesting conceit behind these illustrationsto take children's book figures and place them in formal icon-like posesworks well. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A strongly religious book featuring 15 scenes from the life of Mary. Read full book review >
THE LEGEND OF THE POINSETTIA by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 1994

"140, etc.) has always had a way with the retelling of folktales—getting them straight without getting them sentimental—and he shines again here with this Mexican story, as do the bold swaths of color that illuminate his painting. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
Lucida and her mother are recruited by Padre Alvarez to weave a new blanket for the figure of Baby Jesus carried in their village's Christmas procession. Read full book review >
THE TALE OF RABBIT AND COYOTE by Tony Johnston
ANIMALS
Released: May 12, 1994

"Source note. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
A Mexican trickster tale in which wily Rabbit outwits Coyote several times before escaping him permanently by climbing to the moon—which explains why Coyote is wont to howl at it. Read full book review >
CHRISTOPHER by Tomie dePaola
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 15, 1994

"The carefully composed scenes are spare and powerful; though the telling is unremarkable, the art speaks for itself. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The story of Reprobus, the huge man who came to be known as Christopher, patron saint of travelers. Read full book review >
THE LEGEND OF THE PERSIAN CARPET by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 1993

"Still, Ewart's illustrations are prettily evocative of old Persia, and perhaps the tale will pique interest in this ancient art form. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Children who've been told of the diamond's legendary hardness may question the ease with which this one is shattered. Read full book review >
STREGA NONA MEETS HER MATCH by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Fans of the good witch won't want to miss this predictable but appealingly mellow sequel (the witches part amicably, and Anthony never knows quite how he helped), while dePaola's comical, beautifully composed illustrations are a pleasure. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When fashionably dressed Strega Amelia visits, Strega Nona welcomes her, but her hospitality is poorly rewarded. Read full book review >
TOM by Tomie dePaola
by Tomie dePaola, illustrated by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 1993

"A delightfully offbeat vignette of boyish mischief reinforcing the bond between generations; dePaola's handsomely designed illustrations have unusual warmth here, subtly expressing the characters' affection. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Another autobiographical story from dePaola, this time about his grandfather, who ingenuously explains that "We're named after each other, Tommy. Read full book review >
JINGLE THE CHRISTMAS CLOWN by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 1992

"A sure crowd-pleaser. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The villagers sadly tell the circus troupe that crops have failed, and so they've no money; also, the young people have all gone away, and they're not celebrating Christmas. Read full book review >
PATRICK by Tomie dePaola
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 15, 1992

"An excellent contribution. (Biography/Picture book. 4-8)"
A brief, straightforward summary of the known facts about the saint's life, illustrated in dePaola's usual accomplished manner with simple, stylized figures and a pleasing variety of frames bordered with gold bands that unify the whole. Read full book review >
JAMIE O'ROURKE AND THE BIG POTATO by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 1992

"Attractive and amusing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lazy Jamie O'Rourke doesn't lift a finger, even after his wife hurts her hack digging the "praties" they depend on; but he does catch a leprechaun, who gives him a seed that grows into a potato so large that it takes the combined efforts of the village to dig it and, subsequently, to eat it—"until no one wanted to see or hear of potato again." Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 1992

"A winner. (Biography/Picture book. 5-9)"
An ebullient collaboration between the fine historian whose many books include Where Do You Think You're Going, Christopher Columbus? (1981) and one of America's favorite illustrators. Read full book review >
HARK! A CHRISTMAS SAMPLER by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 1991

"Like the happiest of Christmas mornings, an inviting treasure trove of the familiar blended with the new. (Nonfiction. 3-11)"
Fifteen carols plus two new songs with music by Yolen's son, Adam Stemple, who also did the arrangements; a baker's dozen of Yolen's appealing poems; nine legends, retold with disarming simplicity; comparative information on several kinds of Christmas traditions (food, plants, animals, carols, gift-giving); even a brief verse play—all appropriately introduced by the ninth chapter of Luke. Read full book review >
BONJOUR, MR. SATIE by Tomie dePaola
Released: March 28, 1991

A slight story that makes a valid point, wrapped in an elaborate junior roman à clef: Uncle Satie (a cat) and his "companion," Ffortusque Ffollet, Esq. Read full book review >
TOMIE DePAOLA'S BOOK OF BIBLE STORIES by Tomie dePaola
RELIGION
Released: Sept. 27, 1990

"Index to Bible texts."
A selection of the best. known stories from the Creation to the Resurrection, nicely rounded by concluding with 1 Corinthians 13 and a psalm of praise. Read full book review >
LITTLE GRUNT AND THE BIG EGG by Tomie dePaola
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 1990

"The kids will lap it up, as they do TV cartoons of the same undemanding quality."
The popular author sets a predictable story among cavemen, adds dinosaurs, and terms the result a fairy tale—certainly a loose term at the best of times. Read full book review >
THE ART LESSON by Tomie dePaola
Released: April 13, 1989

The troubles and triumph of Tommy, who wants to be an artist when he grows up. Read full book review >
THE ART LESSON by Tomie dePaola
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 15, 1989

"The 'lesson' is for you."
The troubles and triumph of Tommy, who wants to be an artist when he grows up. Read full book review >
TOMIE DEPAOLA'S BOOK OF POEMS by Tomie dePaola
POETRY
Released: Oct. 20, 1988

"These are good, popular poems from the usual obvious sources, and this makes an attractive collection for browsing or sharing with a young child."
A pleasant, undemanding collection of 86 poems, most of them already familiar, in large format with generous use of white space. Read full book review >
THE LEGEND OF THE INDIAN PAINTBRUSH by Tomie dePaola
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 5, 1988

"This should do well at picture-book tour."
Little Gopher can't keep up with the other Indian boys; he prefers making and decorating small figures. Read full book review >
TOMIE DEPAOLA'S BOOK OF CHRISTMAS CAROLS by Tomie dePaola
HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS
Released: Oct. 23, 1987

"Certain to be one of the prolific author-illustrator's most popular."
A perfect collection of 32 carols, mostly familiar, with words and music printed large enough for sharing around the piano and with simple arrangements suitable for accompaniment or part singing. Read full book review >
AN EARLY AMERICAN CHRISTMAS by Tomie dePaola
FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 1987

"Avoiding holiday sentimentality without sacrificing joy in the season, this is a nice addition to holiday book collections."
A German family brings Christmas to an early 19th-century New England village. Read full book review >
BILL AND PETE GO DOWN THE NILE by Tomie dePaola
ADVENTURE
Released: April 23, 1987

Bill, the little lime-green crocodile, is back with Pete, his magenta, living-toothbrush bird, in another humorous adventure. Read full book review >
SHH! WE'RE WRITING THE CONSTITUTION by Jean Fritz
HISTORY
Released: April 23, 1987

"Lively and fascinating, this will be a delightful surprise to any child who stumbles on it as part of an assignment; it is sure to open minds to the interest and relevance of history."
No one writes history for children better than the latest Wilder Award winner; funny, pungent and impeccably accurate, her contribution to the plethora of books written for the Constitution's bicentennial should be at the top of everyone's purchase list. Read full book review >
TOMIE DEPAOLA'S FAVORITE NURSERY TALES by Tomie dePaola
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 26, 1986

"For memorable storytelling, however, it will never replace the collections done by Rockwell and Rojankovsky."
This collection of favorite stories for the youngest appears as a companion to the author/illustrator's Mother Goose, which was published last year. Read full book review >
MERRY CHRISTMAS, STREGA NONA by Tomie dePaola
FICTION
Released: Sept. 10, 1986

"As usual, dePaola's cheerful, color-filled pictures add humor to the story."
Strega Nons (Grandmother Witch) is back, with a fine read-aloud for the holidays that also gives some details of Italian Christmas customs. Read full book review >
THE GIANTS' FARM by Tomie dePaola
Released: Sept. 1, 1977

"A know-it-all youngster by any name is a trial, turning ostensible friends into foils, and a fat giant with only food on his mind isn't redeemed by a bon-bon recipe bonus."
The Giant's Farm, decides little giant Dab, should be named Fe-Fi-Fo-Farm—and that's the crux of the first story. Read full book review >
CAN'T YOU MAKE THEM BEHAVE, KING GEORGE? by Jean Fritz
FICTION
Released: Aug. 17, 1977

"Or maybe the problem lies in lackluster George himself; in any case, Fritz fails to project a personality that can make up for the shortage of history."
Why can't you make this one funny, Jean Fritz? Read full book review >