Big Anthony: His Story

Big Anthony: His Story Review

Fans of Tomie dePaola’s kindly Strega Nona will love this charming look at the early days of her good-hearted but clumsy helper Big Anthony. From the day he is born, Big Anthony never pays attention. As a boy, he leaves the gates of the farm open and all the animals escape. As a young man off to make his fortune in the world, he accidentally “fixes” the leaning Tower of Pisa. Will Italy survive the hilarious mishaps of Big Anthony?“Readers of all ages can be grateful that dePaola continues to practice his magic so well.”
—The New York Times Book Review

“Big Anthony and Strega Nona certainly qualify as celebrities in the realm of picture books, and this latest installment will bring smiles to the faces of their young fans.”
—School Library Journal

Title:Big Anthony: His Story
Edition Language:English

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    Big Anthony: His Story Reviews

  • Melki

    Though Big Anthony's height gives him an advantage when it comes to finding employment, the fact that he's not the sharpest tool in the shed is a problem . . . until he finds that one special lady....

  • Laura

    I felt sorry for Big Anthony's family, they didn't seem to know what to make of him, or how he could become useful. But I did see their dilemma, because he is awfully scatterbrained and doesn't pay at...

  • Caroline Freeman

    Loved this book. Could be used for multicultural, students could locate all the places mentioned on the map and could discuss differences in culture. Also a great lesson about paying attention and kee...

  • Debbie Waskiewich

    A prequel to Strega Nona, my favourite picture book by Tomie dePaola, Big Anthony: His Story explains how he got to be named "Big" as well as how he doesn't pay attention, leading up to his meeting wi...

  • Kevin Summers

    Sample quote: "The priest started to pour the holy water as he declared, 'Henceforth you shall be known as Anthony.' Just then baby Anthony, who was still asleep, threw up his arm, spilling holy water...

  • Paula

    This book really helps to understand Big Anthony better! I am so glad we read it....

  • Bari

    You can never go wrong with a book by Tomie dePaola...

  • Hannah

    Beautiful illustrations! Great moral! Good book about Italy, too....

  • Milton Public

    It's abouta timea! Big Anthony has been lovably messing things up for Strega Nona for so long that he needs his owna backstory. The public makes a demanda!...

  • Andrea

    Readers are entertained to learn of the history of Big Anthony, the protagonist in the prequel, "Strega Nona." We discover that from the day of his baptism that Big Anthony is clumsy and inattentive. ...