Tomie dePaola (www.tomie.com) is the acclaimed author and/or illustrator of more than 200 books for children. He received the 2012 Original Art Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Society of Illustrators, and he is the recipient of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, given for a substantial and lasting contribution to children's literature. He has also received the Newbery Honor Award for 26 Fairmount Avenue and the Caldecott Honor Award for Strega Nona. He was awarded the Smithson Medal (from the Smithsonian) and the Regina Medal (from the Catholic Library Association), and was designated a "living treasure" by the state of New Hampshire. His Brava, Strega Nona, Strega Nona's Harvest, and Strega Nona's Gift were all New York Times bestsellers. He is the first author known primarily for children's book writing to be awarded the Sarah Josepha Hale award, a prestigious distinction in writing by a New Englander. He lives in New London, New Hampshire.
* "Strega Nona's quick thinking and wisdom call to mind another storied problem-solver from the world of children's literature--Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. . . . A wryly funny story of love and entitlement, with all the homey charm that dePaola's fans expect and love." -- Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
"The inimitable Strega Nona is back. . . . DePaola's wonderful, unique illustrations in bright pastel colors humorously depict the goings-on and make the book one to savor. . . . Will certainly delight and amuse young children." -- School Library Journal