Top positive review
Reviewed in the United States on July 7, 2020
My kids (5 & 7) love Tomie DePaola’s Strega Nona story. This installment offers some backstory for Big Anthony. The main character, Big Anthony, grows up and experiences a series of blundering mistakes due to his failure to pay attention. My kids love the humor here (lunch gets lost in a sea of haystacks, Big Anthony leaves gates open and sheep wander off). Big Anthony sets off for a job and moves across Italy, introducing children to major landmarks. Strega Nona only appears at the end. We love DePaola’s artwork and the slapstick humor really engages children. It’s pointed out several times that Big Anthony suffers for his failure to pay attention but the humor is the real take away here.