Search Results: "Tomie dePaola"


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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >