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Summary: Tomie's family starts building their new house at 26 Fairmount Avenue in 1938, just as a hurricane hits town, starting off a busy, crazy year. Tomie has many adventures all his own, including eating chocolate with his Nana Upstairs, only to find out--the hard way--that they have eaten chocolate laxative. He tries to skip kindergarten when he finds out he won't learn to read until first grade. "I'll be back next year," he says. When Tomie goes to see Snow Wh ...show moreite, he creates another sensation. Tomie dePaola's childhood memories are hilarious, and his charming illustrations are sure to please. ...show lessEdition/Copyright: 99
dePaola, Tomie :
Tomie dePaola was born in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1934 to a family of Irish and Italian background. By the time he could hold a pencil, he knew what his life's work would be. His determination to create books for children led to a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and an MFA from the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland, California.
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.
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
"...dePaola recounts some memorable moments from...[his] early years, surrounded by loving family members and friends.
--Publishers Weekly, starred review
An entirely satisfying easy chapter book that will provide an excellent foundation for what may follow.
--The Horn Book, starred review
DePaola successfully evokes the voice of an inquisitive, precocious five-year-old everyone would want to befriend.
--Publishers Weekly, starred review
Everyone should read 26 Fairmount Avenue-and feel like Tomie's his or her friend too. Fine writing-fine art-fine friend!
--Paula Danziger, author of Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon
A charming, gentle, funny...His respect and reverence for both the old and the young is clear...in his stories.
--Patricia MacLachlan, author of Sarah, Plain and Tall
Submitted by Publisher, June, 2002
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